May 12, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorAfter 11 runs between the clubs in the first two innings, the game settled down into a tight affair the rest of the way.
Both the Tigers and Giants had their hitting shoes on early last night on the southwest field at Saban Little League Complex in Riverton, scoring a total of 11 runs, as the Giants led 6-5 following the opening two frames of their majors matchup.
However, both sides settled down after the offensive onslaught and it was game on for the balance of the contest, with the Giants eventually prevailing by an 11-6 scoreline.
Dallon Draper took the ball on the mound for the Giants in the top of the fourth and proceeded to quiet the noisy bats of the Tigers during his three innings of work, which allowed his teammates to build on their advantage.
In the bottom of the fourth, Draper led off with a walk, then eventually came around to score on a wild pitch for a 7-5 lead before Dawsen Valerio followed with a triple to right field before being stranded to end the inning.
Draper then retired the side in order in the top of the fifth and the Giants bats were back in full swing in their half of the inning.
Parker DeVries led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch, followed by a walk to Gavin Appleby and once DeVries moved up to third, there were runners on the corners for leadoff man Starin Pierson, who slapped a single to right, scoring DeVries, then taking second on the throw home, leaving runners on second and third.
Next up was Valerio, who supplied an RBI groundout, which made it a 9-5 game.
Draper then stepped up and missed a home run by inches, booming a blast to the deepest part of the ballpark and hitting the top of the center field fence for an RBI double, then scored himself on a wild pitch, making the score 11-5.
Nathan Hutchison, who was 3-for-3 with a double and triple on the day, led off the Tigers' half of the sixth with an infield single to third and scored on an RBI grounder by Tanner Reinig, but it was all the offense they could muster against Draper, who closed the deal for the victory.
Rockies 12, Dodgers 8
On the northwest field on Thursday, the Dodgers took an 8-6 lead after their half of the fifth inning, only for the Rockies to put six runs on the board in the bottom of the frame for a 12-8 win.
The Rockies' Jacob Weber coaxed a leadoff walk from Dodgers hurler Garrett Raymond, before moving to third, then scoring on a wild pitch to pull his side within a run at 8-7.
Taylor Stevens drew another base-on-balls, then stole second, after which Mitchell Amaechi hit a come-backer to Raymond, who made the play to first, holding Stevens at third with the tying run.
However, another wild pitch allowed Stevens to finally cross the plate and the contest was deadlocked at 8-8.
Back-to-back base hits by Darrick DeVries and Ryan Florence put runners on first and second with one out, with both moving up a station after another ball got away from Dodgers catcher Justin Newberry, bringing Uriah Hines to the plate.
Hines lifted a fly ball to the outfield, which was misplayed, letting another run score and the Rockies had the lead, 9-8.
But, the purple-clad home side was just getting started.
Jace Lane and Jordynel Anderson drew back-to-back walks to load the bases, before Weber lashed an RBI single to right, scoring two more runs to extend the advantage to 12-8.
Weber then closed out the game on the mound for the Rockies, retiring the side to secure victory.
DeVries hit a first-inning home run for the Rockies.
Tigers 1 4 0 0 0 1 --11
Giants 1 5 0 1 4 x -- 6
Tigers - Sheets, 0-4; C. Reinig, 2-3, 2B; Hutchison, 3-3, 2B, 3B; Stanley, 1-3; T. Reinig, 2-3, 2B; Watson, 0-4; Carruth, 1-2, Hathaway, 0-1; Mills, 2-3, 2B; SoundingSides, 1-2; Hinkle, 0-1.
Giants - Pierson, 2-2; Dale, 0-3; Draper 2-2, 2B; Hernandez, 0-2; Heidenreich, 0-1; Valerio, 1-2, 3B; Vincent, 0-1; DeVries, 0-1, 2 BB; Appleby, 0-1, BB, HBP; Weaver, 0-2.
Dodgers 2 0 1 5 0 0 -- 6
Rockies 4 1 1 0 6 x -- 12
Dodgers - Hernandez 0-2, 2 BB; Murray, 1-3; Raymond, 1-1, BB; Frazier, 2-4; Crippen 0-0, 2 BB; Ute, 0-0, 2 BB; Truempler, 1-2, 2 BB; Newberry, 0-2; Marques, 0-3; Hinkley, 1-2; Anderson, 0-1.
Rockies - DeVries, 3-3, 2B; HR; Florence, 1-2; Fournier, 0-1; Chatfield, 0-3; Hines, 3-4, 2B; Lane, 0-2, BB, HBP; Anderson, 0-1; Scribner, 0-1; Weber, 2-2; Stevens, 2-2, 2B; Amaechi, 0-3, Murfit, 0-1;
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