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Fastpitch girls get two wins in tough tourney
Jul 2, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Riverton hosts the Wyoming state tournament July 11-13.
The Riverton U.S. Energy fastpitch softball team posted a 3-3 record at the Dash-N-Splash tournament in Tooele, Utah, including a tough loss to the eventual tournament champion.
Riverton went 2-2 in the double-elimination bracket.
In the opening round, Riverton knocked off the West Murray all-stars 19-3.
"We pretty much had the game in control from the start," Riverton manager Mark Stone said.
An Ogerri, Utah, team then edged Riverton 4-2. That team went on to win the title.
Riverton bounced back to beat the Taylorsville all-stars 9-3 to stay alive in the tournament.
West Valley, Utah, then eliminated U.S. Energy 7-6.
The team includes players from Riverton, Lander, Casper and Rock Springs.
In the opening game of bracket play, Riverton scored 11 runs in the first inning.
"It was pretty much over then," Stone said.
Shanice Webb started on the mound, and Katelyn Jennings finished the game.
"We just brought Katelyn in to get some experience," Stone said.
Kendall Krumland had a pair of hits.
Against Ogerri, Riverton was up 2-0.The game remained that way until the top of the fourth, when Ogerri scored three, tacking on one insurance run in the top of the fifth.
McKinley Earnest was the starter on the mound, going the entire game.
Riverton only had one hit.
In the bounce-back victory, Riverton crossed home plate four times in the second inning and three more times in third.
Allyson Sollars had a triple and a double.
Jordan Love pitched the complete game.
"She pretty much shut them down," Stone said.
In the fourth game of the day, West Valley, Utah. Riverton had a 5-3 lead.
U.S. Energy extended the lead to 6-3.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Taylorsville put up four runs for a one-run victory.
On Saturday, Riverton lost 5-4 to the OMGS Matrix team 5-4.
The game ended on a controversial play at the plate when a U.S. Energy player was called out.
"Our player was safe on a steal play," Stone said.
Earnest was the starter for Stone.
"She pitched well enough to get the win," Stone said.
Earnest had five strikeouts and walked three batters.
After two innings, the score was 1-1 vs. a Matrix team.
In the top of tinning, Matrix took advantage of mistakes by U.S. Energy, scoring four runs