Jul 14, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe double-elimination tournament concludes Sunday afternoon.
The Riverton U.S. Energy Under-18 fastpitch softball team got some momentum going Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over the Rock Springs Storm to start the state tournament.
In the next round, the Cheyenne Extreme took a 14-2 victory vs. Riverton.
The two games were played back to back.
U.S. Energy played Green River Saturday night to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.
The games are being played at the Martha Honeycutt Field and the Ron Saban Baseball Complex.
In the U14 recreational division, Riverton knocked off Casper Voltage 14-6 in dramatic fashion in opening round play to slide into the semifinals.
Riverton was behind 6-5 before a grand slam changed the game.
Riverton faced Cheyenne Saturday night in the next round.
The tournament ends on Sunday with the championship games in the afternoon.
Pool play games
The first day Friday consisted pool-play games. Riverton lost to Gillette Blue Jays 4-3 in the U18 division.
"The Gillette game was a very good one," Riverton manager Mark Stone said.
Riverton was up 3-0 before Gillette scored four unanswered for the victory.
"The wind kind of hurt us, because it never comes from the direction that it was coming," Stone said. "It held three balls in that we would have hit out."
Riverton's Kendall Krumland landed two balls at the fence.
Riverton defeated Rock Springs 6-1 in a game shortened because of rain.
Riverton 4, Rock Springs 1
"That was probably the best game that we have played all year," Stone said. "We had good, solid defense and timely hitting. Our subs came in and got the job done on the bases."
Shanice Webb went the distance for Riverton on the mound.
"She had great control," Stone said. "I don't think that she walked anybody. It was a great team effort."
Webb is undefeated on the season against the Rock Springs Storm.
Webb is from Rock Springs, and she plays with most of the players during league play.
"They just can't hit her," Stone said.
Shortstop Katelyn Jennings played well defensively.
"She made a lot of plays for us," Stone said.
Riverton extended the lead to three runs after scoring three times vs. Rock Springs.
"Rock Springs is a good, young team," Stone said. "Most of the games with Rock Springs have been solid."
Cheyenne Extreme 14, Riverton 2
The Cheyenne Extreme came into the state tournament as a title contender.
Riverton found why on Saturday afternoon.
"We played pretty well against Riverton," Cheyenne Extreme manager Adam Galicia said. "Our pitching was pretty solid. We had a couple of errors in the outfield. Overall, it was a pretty complete game."
Cheyenne pulled ahead of Riverton with five runs in the fourth and six more in the sixth.
Get your copy of The Ranger online, every day! If you are a current print subscriber and want to also access dailyranger.com online (there is nothing more to purchase) including being able to download The Mining and Energy Edition, click here. Looking to start a new online subscription to dailyranger.com (even if it is for just one day)? Access our secure SSL encrypted server and start your subscription now by clicking here.