Jul 25, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Lander 9- and 10-year-old all-star baseball team started the state Little League baseball tournament with a 16-6 victory against Gillette.
Wednesday's game in Laramie was stopped in the fourth inning because of the 10-run rule.
The win advanced Lander into a Thursday afternoon showdown with Laramie.
Laramie won a 16-14 game vs. Cody on Wednesday. Laramie won the 9-10-year-old title last year.
The winner of Lander-Laramie moves into the championship game Saturday.
"We know that Laramie is a solid team," Lander manager Tom Massey said.
"They have some pretty decent pitchers, nothing that we can't hit.
"They do throw a lot of curveballs. They will be a tough game for us."
The loser must play Friday for a spot in the title contest.
Lander 16, Gillette 6
Gillette had control issues on the mound from the start for Lander in the first inning. Gillette walked the first three Lander batters of the game.
"They had to make a pitching change after the fourth batter," Massey said.
Lander took advantage scoring six runs in the first inning. Gillette walked five batters and hit one before getting three outs.
"We started to hit the ball in the second inning," Massey said.
Lander built a 13-0 lead after the first two innings.
"Things were looking good," Massey said.
Lander slowed down a little bit in the third inning when Gillette scored five runs.
"We had a couple of plays that should have been outs," Massey said.
Lander bounced back for a 16-5 lead.
Lander recorded the final out when third baseman Jack Sweeney fielded a ground ball and tagged a Gillette runner.
On the mound, Lander went with several different pitchers to keep them under the 20 pitch count rule.
Ty Massey, Jaren Calkins, Connor Carey, Sweeney and Ridge Barrett all pitched for Lander.
All Lander's pitchers will be available to throw against Laramie in the semifinal game to try to get the Fremont County team to the state title game.
Results from 9- and 10-year-old state tournament
Game 1 -- Lander 16, Gillette, 6
Game 2 -- Laramie 16, Cody 14
Game 3 -- Gillette Nationals vs. Cody
Game 4 -- Laramie vs. Lander
Game 5 -- Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 6 (championship game) -- Winner Game 4. Winner Game 5, 10 a.m.
Game 7 -- (If necessary) if each team from Game 6 has one loss.
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