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Riverton and Lander meet Saturday for 9-10 district crown

Jul 19, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Riverton and Lander will go toe-to-toe Saturday in the 9- and 10-year-old Little League district championship game in Riverton after picking up wins Thursday.

Riverton locked up a spot in the title game after a 15-1 win over Cody at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex.

Lander beat Green River 12-1 in an earlier game Thursday.

The title game is 10 a.m. Saturday.

The winner of the championship qualifies for the state tournament.

The loser must play at 4 p.m. Saturday for a spot in the state tournament.

"We are really excited to be in the championship game," Riverton manager Jim Hinkle said. "The kids understand that the championship game is how we achieve our goal. Our goal is to qualify for the state tournament."

Riverton beat Lander in a couple of practice games last week to prepare for the district tournament.

"I'm a little concerned that we have to beat a good team three times in one year," Hinkle said.

Top players from Lander are Trey Massey and Eli Mazurie. Lander won the district title last year.

"Lander has some very good athletes, especially at the top of the order ," Hinkle said. "Their pitchers will throw hard. They will play good defense behind their pitchers."

Riverton pounded Bridger Valley 20-1 on Wednesday to start the tournament.

"Our kids just played really good baseball against Cody," Hinkle said. "They are playing very well."

Riverton 15, Cody 1

"It just happened to be one of those games when all the breaks went our way," Hinkle said. "Sometimes you need the breaks to beat a good team."

Riverton lead from start to finish against Cody.

Riverton was up 3-1 after the first two innings.

The key inning was a five-run fourth for Riverton.

Riverton added seven more runs in the fifth inning to put Cody out of reach.

"I thought that we hit the ball pretty well," Hinkle said. "Some of the balls just dropped."

Damon DeVries started on the mound for Riverton, going 38 pitches.

"Damon pitched really well," Hinkle said. "He kept the score down."

Aquilo Friday kept Cody scoreless in the next few innings to secure the win, throwing 34 pitches.

"Aquilo throws hard," Hinkle said.

Cody had to use three different pitchers to get to the end of the game.

Lander 12, Green River 1

Solid pitching was the name of the game for Lander in the 11-run victory.

Lander's Jaren Calkins went 35 pitches. Lander was up 4-0 when Calkins left the game.

Teammate Jack Sweeney came and threw 27 pitches.

Lander scored two runs apiece in the first two innings, then exploded for eight more runs in the third inning.

Thursday scores from

9- and 10-year-old

district tournament

Riverton 15, Cody 1

Lander 12, Green River 1

North Big Horn 17, Bridger Valley 7

Powell 25, Kemmerer 15

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