Jul 18, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton turned on the power switch with four home runs for a 16-1 victory over Powell on Wednesday night in the opening round of the 11- and 12-year-old Little League baseball district tournament at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex in Riverton.
Cody Frazier lead the offensive charge with two bombs over the fence. Teammates Hayden Wempen and Jaren Draper also homered.
"Cody has been a really good hitter this year," Riverton manager Scott Fabricus said. "He has hit for power and average. He turns on the ball well."
Riverton was credited with 17 hits in the six-inning game.
"We have some big kids," Fabricus said. "Some of these guys are as big as me. We have some kids that can really hit the ball a long way. We played some long ball against Powell. It was a lot of fun."
The win secured a spot for Riverton in the semifinal game Thursday night with Bridger Valley.
Bridger Valley nipped Kemmerer 4-2 on Wednesday.
Rock Springs smashed Green River 19-4.
Cody and Rock Springs played Thursday in the other semifinal. Lander played Green River in the consolation bracket after suffering a 28-5 loss to Cody.
"We hit the ball well overall against Powell," Fabricus said. "It took us an inning or two to get going."
The tournament will conclude Saturday with the championship game.
"It's all about pitching and defense," Fabricus said. "Those bats come and go. The pitching and defense is there every game. We have to come out and play good, hard defense and pitch well."
Riverton 16, Powell 1
The first home run by Frazier was a three-run blast in the first inning for a 3-0 lead.
Frazier had another three-run homer in the fourth inning.
Draper and Wempen both added solo shots in the same inning.
Riverton scored seven more runs in the seventh inning. Frazier had a two-run single. Mason Lucas, Peyton Reese and Draper all had RBI singles.
Riverton starter Dillon Fabricus went 36 pitches on his time on the mound. He left with a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
"We knew that we were going to have to throw one pitcher 35 pitches," manager Fabricus said.
"We were going to go 20, 20 and 20. We started off a little slow."
Kobe Matsen was next in line for Riverton on the mound. Matsen threw 23 pitches.
"We had to burn one guy, but Dillon will be able to pitch on Saturday," manager Fabricus said.
Frazier came on in relief for Matsen, going 22 pitches. Draper went 19 pitches. Wempen closed the game out with 13 pitches in the final inning of play.
Scores from district tournament held on Wednesday
Riverton 16, Powell 1
Bridger Valley 4, Kemmerer 2
Rock Springs 19, Green River 4
Cody 28, Lander 5
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