Riverton wins fourth straight BR state titleJul 18, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Vincent Brown had 13 strikeouts and Tyler McKiernan drove in three runs as the Babe Ruth 15-and-under all-stars defended their crown with a 22-2 victory against Newcastle.
Riverton's 15-and-under Babe Ruth all-stars went to Casper on a mission last week.
On Sunday, Riverton claimed its fourth consecutive state championship with a 22-2 victory against Newcastle in the championship game, dominant in the field and at the plate in a performance for the ages.
The Riverton all-stars will represent Wyoming at the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Regional Tournament later this month in Kelso, Washington.
Vincent Brown struck out 13 batters in 5 2/3 innings of work, while Tyler McKiernan led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with a double and four runs batted in.
Riverton had defeated Newcastle by a 10-0 scoreline in the opening game of pool play on the strength of an eight-run first inning.
In the rematch, Riverton waited until the final frame to explode, scoring 11 runs in the seventh after having steadily built a comfortable lead throughout the contest, scoring in every inning of the game.
Riverton did duplicate its eight-run advantage from the first meeting, but this time it took four innings to do so, leading 8-0 after the top of the fourth.
It was Brown who began the onslaught when there were already two outs in the first inning by doubling to right, followed by another double by Tryston Truempler to drive him home with the game's first run -- Truempler's fourth double of the tournament.
Derick Lange then singled home Truempler for a quick 2-0 lead before the inning ended.
Single markers followed in the second and third frames before Riverton plated four in the fourth.
Rylan Koehn reached on an error, followed by a Dalten Leach walk and a Paxton Rees single to load the bases for Blake Dale, who drew a base-on-balls to force home the first run of the inning.
Kadon DeWitt and Brown then chased home runs with a single and fielder's choice, respectively, with McKiernan contributing a sacrifice fly to increase the lead to 8-0.
Newcastle pulled a pair of runs back in the bottom of the fourth, but it was all the offense they could muster on the day.
Riverton led 11-2 after six innings, but there was more to come.
Eleven more runs in the seventh, highlighted by a McKiernan RBI double, provided the final margin of victory.
Remarkably, it was Riverton's second 11-run inning of the tournament, having matched that total in a first-inning assault Friday during a 20-5 win against Douglas.
Fittingly, it was Brown who had been masterful on the mound, making the final out in center field, after DeWitt relieved him to pitch the final 1 1/3 innings, closing the deal and combining for a one-hitter in the process.
McKiernan, Lange, Ethen Vaughn, Leach and Rees all had multiple-hit games for Riverton in the win.
Riverton 2 1 1 4 2 1 11 -- 22
Newcastle 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 -- 2
Riverton - Dale, 0-3, 2 RBI; DeWitt, 1-6, RBI; Brown, 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Truempler, 1-1, 2B, RBI; McKiernan, 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Lange, 3-5, 2 RBI; Vaughn, 2-5, RBI; Koehn, 1-3; Leach, 2-4, RBI; Rees, 2-3; LeClair, 0-1, RBI.