Jun 13, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorFour Riverton fastpitch softball teams have entered the U.S. Energy tournament Saturday and Sunday in Riverton.
U.S. Energy sponsors an Under 18 team and a U14 team.
The Jalapeno Hotties from Riverton also in the U14 division.
Facts Inc., is another Riverton team in the U12 bracket.
Games will be played at the Martha, Everett, Jellis and Williams fields.
"I don't remember the last time that we have had four Riverton teams in the field," tournament director Mark Stone said. "It has been at least several years since we have had that many teams."
The first day of the tournament is used for pool play games.
"I lobbied them a little bit, but I think that we just have coaches that are a little more interested in playing competitive softball," Stone said.
The second day has bracket play and the championship games.
"The biggest difference is the level of play is a lot more advanced," Stone said. "You have better pitching, better fielding and better hitting. You have more experienced players. The game is a lot faster."
There are 20 teams in the tournament.
Teams in the U10 division are the Rock Springs Storm, Cody Pride, Gillette Blue Jays and Green River Chaos.
"Teams that are traveling a long way are a lot more serious," Stone said. "Sometimes the recreation league can be for fun. It will be good for these teams to get the experience."
The Facts Inc., (Riverton), Worland Wildfires, Rock Springs Storm, Vernal Dirty Dozen, Casper Silders, Green River and Douglas Venom battle in the U12 bracket.
Jalapeno Hotties (Riverton, Casper Voltage, Green River and another Riverton team make up the U14 field.
The Riverton U.S. Energy fastpitch tournament opens up the at 11 a.m. with the Rock Springs Storm.
"We are going into the tournament as the favorite," Stone said.
Riverton played the Rock Springs Storm on Wednesday night 4-2.
The victory capped of an undefeated season in the Rock Springs league.
"That is a good league in Rock Springs," Stone said. "They have four pretty good teams in the league."
Stone hoped to have more teams enter the oldest age division of the tournament.
"I lost a couple of teams in the U18 due to injury," Stone said.
The Facts Inc., team starts pool play at 9:30 a.m. vs. the Worland Wildfires.
The two Riverton squads square off at 9:30 a.m. in the U14 division.
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