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Big wins for Riverton, Lander 9-10s to open District

Jul 18, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Riverton and Lander rolled to lopsided victories Thursday in the first day of the 9- and 10-year-old Little League all-star district baseball tournament in Riverton.

Riverton rolled over Bridger Valley 20-1. Lander pounded Powell 22-4.

All the games are being played at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex.

The wins moved the two Fremont County teams into the semifinal round of the tournament.

Lander played Green River Thursday afternoon.

Green River beat Kemmerer 12-8 in the first round. Riverton faced Cody in the final game of the second day.

Cody blasted North Big Horn 25-5 to start its tournament.

"I thought that we played really well for our first game of the tournament," Riverton manager Jim Hinkle said.

"We probably could have played a little bit better. We made some mental errors here and there. The kids are learning, but I think that they will show some improvement from game one to game two."

The two winners on Thursday play at 1 p.m. Saturday for the championship.

"The Cody game will be a challenge," Hinkle said. "We have played Cody a few times before. We have had some close games. We have beaten them once, and they have hammered us a few times. I think that if we come out and throw strikes that we will have an opportunity."

Consolation games will be played on Friday.

The top two teams from the district tournament make the state tournament.

"Cody is always a good Little League team because they work really hard," Hinkle said. "They have a bunch of really good athletes."

Riverton 20, Bridger Valley 1

Bridger Valley kept Riverton scoreless in the first inning, but not after that.

"The first inning was a slow start," Hinkle said.

The home team came up in the second inning to cross home plate seven times to take charge of the opening-round game.

"The second inning was huge to get some confidence going," Hinkle said.

Riverton never looked back in the 19-run victory.

Damon DeVries started on the mound for Riverton and went 23 pitches to pick up the victory.

Derick Lange was next in line and threw 24 pitches.

"Our pitchers did really well," Hinkle said.

"They threw a lot of strikes, so we were able to save all of our pitchers for the next game."

Brock Hinkle (17 pitches) and Kaden DeWitt (nine) finished things up.

"We think that was really important to save all of our pitchers for the next game," manager Hinkle said.

Hinkle finished with three hits to pace Riverton's offense.

Lander 22, Powell 4

The Lander all-stars were in the lead from start to finish against Powell.

Lander crossed home plate five times in the first inning, then added 11 more in the second and six more in the third.

The game was called after the top of the fourth inning because of the mercy rule.

Ty Massey went 55 pitches for Lander on the mound.

Jaren Calkins (24 pitches) and Johnny Kulow (18) also pitched.

Scores from 9- and 10-year-old tournament in Riverton

Wednesday

Riverton 20, Bridger Valley 1

Cody 25, North Big Horn 5

Lander 22, Powell 4

Green River 12, Kemmerer 8

Note: Tournament will end on Saturday at Ron Saban Baseball Complex

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