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Riverton and Cody for 12-year-old LL title
Jul 19, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The district Little League tournament concludes Saturday afternoon.
Riverton cruised into the 11- and 12-year-old district baseball championship game by blanking Bridger Valley 16-0 Thursday night at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex in Riverton.
Cody put together a 20-1 win over Rock Springs to set up the anticipated title showdown with Riverton on Saturday.
The championship game begins at 1 p.m.
The winner locks up a state tournament berth. Cody captured the 2012 state Little League title.
"We have played Cody several times this year," Riverton manager Scott Fabricus said. "We know Cody pretty well because a couple of our kids played traveling ball with them. We have spent a lot of time with the Cody kids. I'm sure that the intensity and the nerves will be a little high. We will have to play well because Cody is a very good team.
They are disciplined."
Cody hammered Lander 28-5 in the first game of the tournament.
"Cody has been hitting the ball really well," Fabricus said. "We are going to have to pitch very well and play defense.
"I would like to see all the bleachers full," he added.
The loser of the title game will play for second place at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The top two teams advance to the state tournament.
Lander stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament with a 14-4 win vs. Green River.
Lander played Bridger Valley in a consolation game.
Bridger Valley 0
Kobe Matsen of Riverton had an RBI single in the top of the first inning.
"We started a little slow, but it got better," Fabricus said.
Matsen did his damage with his arm in the first two innings, keeping Bridger Valley away from home plate.
Matsen lasted 30 pitches.
Riverton stretched ahead in the top of the second inning.
Hayden Wempen reached on base with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. Jaren Draper, Matsen and Dillon Fabricus had three consecutive RBI singles to make the scoreboard read 5-0.
"We had to manufacture a few more runs," Fabricus said. "Bridger Valley had a couple of kids that threw the ball hard. It was a little bit challenging for us to hit them."
With a 6-0 lead in the top of the third inning, Matsen singled and Wempen walked.
Chase Garcia blasted a three-run homer for a comfortable 9-0 advantage. Riverton had four home runs against Powell in its first game of the tournament.
Matsen added two more runs with a two-run single.
Garcia pitched the final two innings for Riverton.
"We wanted to manage our pitching a little bit," Fabricus said. "We didn't want to burn up any pitchers for Saturday."
Fabricus said it was the first time Garcia had pitched in a tournament setting for Riverton this year.
"I didn't tell Chase that he was going to pitch until the last second," Fabricus said.
"I don't think that he had enough time to get nervous. Chase is a big strong athlete. He is fast. He did a real nice job for us."
The game was stopped after the fourth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Green River 4
In the consolation game, Lander quickly was up 6-0 after the first two innings.
Lander tallied seven more runs in the fourth inning to take command of the contest.
Antonio Coando started on the mound to throw 39 pitches.
Max Mazurie (21 pitches) and Ryan Brinda (seven pitches) closed out the game.
Thursday scores from
11- and 12-year-old
Cody 20, Rock Springs 1
Powell 8, Kemmerer 0
Lander 14, Green River 4
Riverton 16, Bridger Valley 0