Jul 17, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton opened Little League District play Wednesday night against Powell.
Cody Little League all-star baseball player Charlie Beaudrie smashed two grand slam home runs Wednesday morning to power his team to a 28-5 victory over Lander in the 11-and 12-year-old all-star district tournament in Riverton.
Beaudrie smacked his first grand slam in the second inning and his second in the third inning at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex.
The Cody 11-year-old also ripped two singles and a double in the big win.
Cody is the defending Little League state champion.
"We have been working hard at the plate with Charlie," Cody manager Luke Skates said. "His hard work is paying off. It was great to see that he could come out and do that."
Cody has just one 12-year-old this year on the roster.
"We are a young team," Skates said. "If we hit the ball like that, then we are tough to beat."
Cody now plays at 4 p.m. Thursday against the winner of Green River-Rock Springs in one of the semifinals.
Riverton played Powell Wednesday night in the opening round of the tournament.
Lander plays at 1 p.m. Thursday in the consolation game against either Green River-Rock Springs.
The title game is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday.
"We just need to keep on hitting the ball," Skates said. "Tournaments are always tough."
The top two teams of the district tournament advance to the state Little League tournament in Laramie.
Cody 28, Lander 5
The best highlight of the game for Lander came in the top of the first inning when Antonio Coando put a three-run homer over fence for a surprising 3-0 lead.
Cody quickly tied it up at 3-3 in the bottom of the first inning.
Lander went back up in the top of the second inning with an RBI single for a 4-3 lead.
"We started off a little flat," Skates said. "We are always that way in the mornings."
In the bottom of the second, Cody was all over home plate, crossing it 11 times for a 14-4 advantage.
"We just kept on swinging the ball and that just kept us going," Skates said.
Cody put in 14 more runs in the bottom of the third inning.
The game was called after four innings because of the mercy rule.
Yates started on the mound and went 35 pitches. Ryan Brinda went 24 pitches. Lorenzo Vierra went 20 pitches. Dylan DeBolt threw 21 pitches, and Sawyer Hitshew put up 19.
Hester Williams started on the mound for Cody and threw 38 pitches. Jackson Morris and Tristan Blatt also saw time on the mound.
"All the pitchers did well," Skates said.
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