Jul 23, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorUriah Hines hit a pair of home runs and drove in seven runs in a 21-6 championship game victory against Big Horn.
Uriah Hines watched what teammate Nathan Hutchison did Thursday and decided to attempt to match Hutchison's two-home run, nine-RBI performance in Saturday's championship game against Big Horn in Green River.
Although he didn't quite measure up, it was still plenty good enough, as Hines blasted a pair of homers, driving in seven runs as part of a 4-for-5 effort in a 21-6 title triumph.
The win earned Riverton the district's No. 1 seed at next week's state tournament in Laramie. Riverton opens the tournament against host Laramie on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Riverton established early dominance by scoring four runs in the top of the first before Big Horn halved the deficit with a pair in the home half of the opening frame.
Riverton blew the contest open with eight runs across the next two innings, including a six-run third, highlighted by Hines's first homer of the game, a two-run shot to center which plated Christopher Reinig, who had doubled.
After a scoreless fourth frame for both clubs, Riverton dealt the hammer blow to Big Horn with nine runs in the top of the fifth. Hines started it with a double to lead off the inning. He advanced to third and scored on an error before Garrett Raymond banged a single, followed by a Hunter Hauck liner which was too hot for the shortstop to handle, leaving runners at the corners for Jacob Weber, who singled home a run.
At that point, the score was 14-3 with two outs, but Riverton wasn't done scoring just yet, adding another six runs before the third out finally was recorded. Doubles by Brodie Dale, Raymond and Dallon Draper were sandwiched around Hines's second homer of the game, a three-run blast to center.
While the offense was busy exploding, Reinig and Hines did an equally good job on the mound in keeping Big Horn off the board.
Reinig started the game, working the first 3 1/3 innings, striking out six while throwing 58 pitches. Hines relieved him in the fourth and went the final 1 2/3 innings, setting five down on strikes.
In addition to Hines's 4-for-5 day at the plate, Dale, Hutchison and Raymond all had three hits apiece in the victory.
Riverton 4 2 6 0 9 x -- 21
Big Horn 2 0 1 0 3 x -- 6
Riverton - Dale, 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Reinig, 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Hutchison, 3-5, 2 RBI; Raymond, 3-4, 2B, RBI; Hauck, 1-4, RBI; Draper, 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Frazier, 2-2, RBI; Stevens, 0-1; Weber, 1-3, RBI; DeVries, 1-1, RBI.
Big Horn - Sweat, 2-3, HR, RBI; Wright, 0-3; Spann, 2-3; Rodriguez, 3-3, HR, 2 RBI; Henderson, 0-2; Minemyers, 1-2; Ginest, 1-3; Boethcvhel, 0-0; Cooper, 0-1; Mangers, 0-2; Crosby, 0-2.
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