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Rockies, Giants win Little League titles
Jun 28, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Phillies ace Hayden Wempen overpowered the Rockies on the mound and with his bat in a 9-0 victory to win the Riverton Little League major division title game Thursday night at the Ron Saban complex.
Wempen stuck out 15 batters while giving up one hit in six innings of work on the mound for the Phillies.
Wempen and teammate Dillon Fabricus blasted back-to-back home runs in the first inning for the early offensive fireworks.
In the minor league title game, the Giants pulled away from the Reds for a 13-7 victory.
"The home runs were pretty important," Wempen said. "We needed to score. It was pretty cool to go back-to-back. It pumped us both up."
With two outs in the sixth inning, Jaren Draper broke up the no-hitter against Wempen on a single to the outfield.
Wempen reached the maximum 85-pitch count total after Draper's hit.
"I thought that we came out flat," Rockies coach Brad Matsen said. "Hayden is the best pitcher in the league and maybe in the state. Our kids were a little afraid of him. He throws hard. He is big. He is intimidating. We just couldn't overcome it."
Fabricus came on to get Kobe Matsen to ground out for the final batter of the game.
"Every time we go into the dugout, my grandpa Les Wempen tells me how far that I'm into the pitch count," Wempen said.
Draper pitched to three batters in the second and third innings. The right-hander struck out all three batters he faced.
Draper has been bothered by a sore elbow.
"It was really unfortunate that Jaren's elbow was bothering him," Phillies manager Scott Fabricus said. "If Jaren would have been able to pitch, we would have had a whole different situation."
Phillies 9, Rockies 0
Nathaniel Perada got the start for the Rockies on the mound against the powerful Phillies.
In the first, Brock Crippen started the game with a walk before Fabricus and Wempen connected for their home runs.
"Dillon set the pace with that first home run," manager Fabricus said. "Those were the first back-to-back home runs that we did all year long."
Mason Lucas and Beau Saindon came up with base hits to push the Rockies to three more runs on the scoreboard.
The Phillies scored twice in the second inning and got two more in the fourth for the victory.
Wempen had his only walk in the second inning to Michael Hines.
In the fourth and fifth innings, Wempen powered his way to six consecutive strikeouts.
"Hayden pitched a typical game," Fabricus said. "He throws hard. He was very accurate. He didn't waste a lot of pitches. He was a dominant player for us."
Chance Sanderson, Wade Cornell and Chad Stewart were the other pitchers for the Rockies.
The Phillies ended the season 13-5.
Giants 13, Reds 7
Damon DeVries started on the mound for the Giants in the title game.
Devries hurt his hand to give way to teammate Treyson Draper.
Draper went the next three innings to propel the Giants to the victory.
"Trey threw a lot of strikes when he was pitching," Giants coach Martin DeVries said.
The Giants grabbed an 8-3 lead over the Reds.
The Reds closed the score to 8-7 before the Giants ended the game with five runs in the fifth inning.
Brock Hinkle, Derick Lange and Tyler McKiernan pitched for the Reds.
"The Reds were a little short on pitchers," DeVries said. "They had a pretty tough game the other night. They didn't have the depth that we had at pitching.
The Reds threw 160 total pitches in the game, and the Giants tossed 94.
"The Giants outplayed us," Reds manager Jim Hinkle said. "They threw more strikes than we did."