Jun 18, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorEmotions ran high as the Riverton U.S. Energy fastpitch team won its home softball tournament Sunday in the Under-18 division.
After losing to the Rock Springs Storm 9-8 in the first game of double-elimination bracket play, Riverton blanked Douglas 10-0 for a spot in the title game.
Riverton won the first title game vs. the Storm when the umpire gave the home team a victory on a forfeit following a serious incident of fan misconduct by a Rock Springs fan. Riverton was leading 5-2 at the time.
The victory forced a second title game, and U.S. Energy completed the championship march with an 8-2 win over Rock Springs.
Riverton went 6-1 in the two-day tournament.
"Overall, we had a great weekend," Riverton manager Mark Stone said. "We won three games in dominating fashion, including the 'if' title game."
Stone saw room for improvement.
"I thought that we had too many errors, and our hitters in the No. 6 to No. 9 spots in the order did not contribute much."
Games in the tournament were played at the Martha, Everett, Jellis and Williams Fields east Riverton.
U.S. Energy plays in a tournament this weekend in Heber City, Utah.
Next month, Riverton hosts the state fastpitch tournament.
"If we want to win the state championship, we have to clean up the errors, and get more production out of the bottom of the order," Stone said.
After the crazy ending in the first game, Stone decided to keep Shanice Webb on the mound.
"Shanice had pitched so well through four innings of the first game," Stone said.
Webb answered the challenge, pitching a complete seven-inning victory with three strikeouts and one walk.
"She was in control of the game," Stone said.
At the plate, Riverton's Kendall Krumland had a triple and two singles.
Jordan Love added three more hits.
In the first game on Sunday, Riverton was up 4-2 after one inning of play.
Riverton had a four-error inning the second, and Rock Spring was ahead 7-6.
Krumland pounded three hits in the victory. She had a home run, triple and single.
Webb finished with two hits.
McKinley Earnest took the loss on the mound. She struck out seven and walked one.
"She pitched well enough to win," Stone said.
In the big win vs. Douglas, Webb collected three more hits.
Jordan Love cruised to the victory on the mound, tossing a one-hitter with two strikeouts and no walks.
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