14-year-olds come up a run short at state semis

Jul 24, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

In the must-win game vs. Casper, Riverton was behind 7-0 before making a final push.

Riverton showed plenty of desire on Saturday in a tough 11-10 loss to Casper at the state 14-year-old baseball tournament in Sheridan.

In the must-win game, Riverton was behind 7-0 before making a final push in the later stages of the game.

Going into the top of the seventh, Casper was up 9-8. Riverton crossed home plate twice for a 10-9 lead before Casper won the game with two runs in its final at-bat.

"We were very proud of how they did," Riverton manager Mike Fisher said. "Unfortunately, we just ran out of energy at the end."

Riverton crushed Douglas 17-2 in a consolation game after losing to Casper 14-3 in the opening game of the double-elimination tournament.

Sheridan beat Casper 10-4 for the championship.

"We underperformed in the first game with Casper," Fisher said. "We did turn it around against Douglas. In the first game everybody was nervous. The next day they settled down."

Fisher felt his squad improved the most on the offensive side.

"When we just got there they looked out of sync in the first game," Fisher said. "Everybody was on the ball after that. They were drawing walks. They were hustling and running everything out. That made a big difference."

Fisher would have liked to play Sheridan in the double-elimination tournament.

"The competition was good," Fisher said. "If we would have won the game with Casper, then we would have provided a very good matchup for Sheridan."

Shane Lassiter was the assistant coach for the Riverton all-stars.

"These guys all got better,"Fisher said. "They got 12 to 14 games during the Babe Ruth season. We practiced every day. We got in a lot of time. They all continued to get better as the summer went on. Shane and I were extremely proud of their effort. They did a magnificent job of coming back against Casper."

State games

In the win over Douglas, Brodie Roden started on the mound and picked up the victory.

Roden went the first three innings.

Dalton Lassiter pitched the last inning. The game was stopped after the 10-run mercy rule.

"Everybody was hitting the ball well," Fisher said. "We had a lot of singles and doubles."

Fisher said Ridge McCoy was the most productive hitter in the lineup.

"He hit the ball hard," Fisher said.

Riverton scored four runs in the first inning against Douglas.

Riverton extended the lead each time at the plate.

In the narrow loss to Casper, Kole Lonebear started on the mound.

"Kole pitched extremely well," Fisher said. "We had some mistakes in the first inning."

Casper had a 7-0 lead before the first inning was finished. Riverton changed the momentum to make a run at Casper.

In the first game with Casper, McCoy started on the mound, followed by Dalton Baldes and Matt Fisher.

"Matt probably pitched the best against Casper," manager Fisher said.

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