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Riverton hosting girls state softball next month

Jun 4, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The city also is hosting a pre-state tournament next week.

The countdown is on for the Wyoming Girls Fastpitch Softball tournament.

The tournament is set for July 10-13 in Riverton.

Opening ceremonies are held at Wolverine Field on Thursday, July 10.

The first day will be used for pool play.

Every team plays two games in their division.

The second day is used for double-elimination.

Age groups for the tournament are under 10, U12, U14, U16 and U18.

Tournament officials are expecting 35 to 40 teams for the tournament.

Games will be played at the Honeycutt Softball Complex complex and the adjacent Ron Saban Little League complex. The state tournament takes up seven or eight fields.

The last time Riverton hosted a state softball tournament was in 2000.

"We just have to try to get the complex as ready as we can with the limited resources that we have," Riverton fastpitch softball president Mark Stone said. "The city has done a great job of taking care of our grass. They are dragging our infields for us. We have used the Honor Farm work crew down there. We will have it ready to go."

Pre-tournament

Prior to state, the U.S. Energy Invitational tournament is in Riverton June 14-15.

Stone is expecting about 17 teams in for the tournament.

"There are a lot of teams that aren't coming to the invitational that will be here for state," Stone said.

Riverton will field a U.S. Energy U18 team and a U14 team in the tournament.

The deadline to register for the tournament is Friday.

"There is another U14 team that is thinking about getting in," Stone said.

Riverton league

The Riverton recreational softball league starts next week.

Games times are 5:30 p.m. 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There are four teams in the U8, five teams in U12 and three teams in U18, with a out 120 youngsters playing the recreation league.

"The numbers aren't bad, but there are still a lot kids out there that aren't playing," Stone said. "There are just so many things that are going on out there. There is just not enough population in the surrounding area to really get 200 or 300 kids in that league." Stone said he is really pleased with the coaches who are helping out.

"Overall, this is the best group of coaches that I have had in years," Stone said.

"It's a big commitment from the coaches."

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