Jun 21, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorThe top seed faces the Angels in the Babe Ruth championship game on Friday.
Anyone who arrived at Riverton Babe Ruth Field on Tuesday anticipating a close baseball game was sorely disappointed.
The No. 1-seeded Braves came roaring out of the gates, jumping to an early 6-0 lead after two innings on their way to a comprehensive 16-0 victory over the Yankees in the Fremont County Babe Ruth tournament.
Next up for the Braves will be a battle in the championship contest on Friday against the Angels, who defeated Lander on Monday to advance to the title game.
First, however, they had business to take care of against the pesky Yanks, who had downed the Giants on Monday.
After starter Konnor Gaston put an opening-inning zero on the board in the top of the first, it didn't take long for the Braves offense to crank it up to fifth gear.
Gaston led off the bottom of the first and worked the count to 3-and-2 against Yankees starter Isaac Strauna before drawing a free pass, then advancing to second on a fielder's choice by Tyler McKiernan.
Kaden DeWitt stepped in and banged an RBI single to plate Gaston with the game's first run.
Tryston Truempler was hit by a Strauna offering with two outs, then scored on a Ricky Hoffman base hit, and it was 2-0.
However, with runners on second and third, Strauna came back and struck out Braeden Cash to end the inning and avoid further damage.
It turned out to be false hope for the Yankees. The leak which had sprung in the first quickly gained momentum, and it was only a matter of time until the dam broke.
The Braves scored four more runs in the second, highlighted by RBI singles from DeWitt and Vincent Brown on their way to a 6-0 advantage.
Strauna battled on gamely, but the Braves proved too powerful, as they have for opposing pitchers all season.
Six more runs in the third all but put the game away before another four in the fourth ended the contest via the mercy rule.
DeWitt and Brown both finished 3-for-4 on the game, while Gaston scored four runs from his leadoff spot atop the Braves' order.
The top three in the lineup -- Gaston, McKiernan and DeWitt -- combined for 10 runs scored.
Strauna got two of the Yankees' three hits of the game to go along with his brave mound performance in only his second-ever pitching appearance.
Riley Goff got the other, a fourth-inning single.
Blake Dale and Caleb Crowley managed to draw walks from Gaston, but they never threatened to dent the Braves defense.
The championship game is at 6 p.m. Friday at Riverton Babe Ruth Field on Friday at 6 p.m.
Yankees 0 0 0 0 x x x -- 0
Braves 2 4 6 4 x x x -- 16
Yankees - Vaughn, 0-2; Strauna, 0-2; Dale, 0-1; Lange, 0-2; Crowley, 0-1; Goff, 1-2; Graham, 0-2; Lucas, 0-1; Hanger, 0-1.
Braves-- Gaston, 1-1, 2 BB; HBP; McKiernan, 0-1, 3 BB; DeWitt, 3-4; Brown, 3-4; Truempler, 0-1, BB, HBP; Hoffman, 2-2; Cash, 1-3; Moore, 1-3; Heidenreich, 0-2; LeClair, 1-2.
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