Jul 28, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCody ended Riverton's dream of winning a state Little League baseball championship Saturday for with a13-11 win in the 11- and 12-year-old title game in Laramie.
Riverton would have had to beat Cody twice on Saturday in order to win the state championship.
Riverton reached the championship game after blasting six home runs in an 18-6 win vs. Gillette in a must-win game on Friday. Hayden Wempen had three of the homers.
Gillette edged Riverton 15-14 in the opening round on Wednesday. Riverton won a 6-1 decision over Sheridan on Thursday to stay alive.
Riverton had beaten Cody 4-3 last week in the district championship game at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex in Riverton.
Cody captured the state Little League title in 2012 as well.
"As the game went on with Gillette on Friday, we handled the ball pretty well," Riverton manager Scott Fabricus said. "Offensively, the production was good. It was a good win all the way around."
Other players this year for Riverton were Cody Frazier, Jaren Draper,, Kobe Matsen, Chase Garcia, James Hampton, Dillon Fabricus Mason Lucas, Peyton Rees, Dillon Lange, Isaac DeVries, Jereko Martinez, Kendrick Muehler and Beau Saindon.
Riverton 13, Cody 11
Cody was all over Riverton in the first few innings of the championship game, building a 7-0 lead. Behind the hitting of Wempen and Garcia, Riverton battled back before Cody was able to hold off another late charge.
Garcia smacked two home runs in the title game. Wempen finished with four hits. Martinez added the fourth home run.
Cody was in command of Riverton at 12-2, but Riverton scored sixth runs in the fifth inning to cut the score to 12-8. Cody never gave up the lead in the final inning.
Riverton pitchers were Frazier, Draper and Dillon Fabricus.
Riverton 18, Gillette 6
The story of the game was the powerful hitting shown by Riverton at the plate against Gillette. The bombs from Wempen came in the first, fourth and fifth innings.
Riverton didn't have any problem scoring in the first couple of against Gillette. Riverton scored a total of 10 runs to take a commanding lead.
Garcia knocked one over the fence in the first inning. Frazier slammed another bomb over inn the fourth inning.
"It was just one of those games that things went our way," Fabricus said.
"As the game went on, we pulled away."
Martinez started on the mound vs. Gillette before giving way to Matsen.
Matsen allowed two runs over four innings to get the pitching win.
"We hoped that Jereko could go an inning or two," Fabricus said. "He did a nice job for us. Kobe came in and finished the game off. He kept it under control.
"Kobe pitched very well for us. He also hit the ball well for us. Kobe had a great game."
Gillette closed the score to 7-5 in the bottom of the second inning. Riverton outscored Gillette 11-1 after that for the win. Matsen had a three-run homer to increase the lead.
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