Jul 24, 2014 - From staff reportsThere is no question Saturday had to be one of the best days the Riverton Babe Ruth baseball league produced in a number of years.
The two all-star teams formed this year for postseason showed there is no shortage of talented baseball players ages 13-15 in Riverton after a state championship and a district title were brought home.
The Riverton 14-year-old all-stars, which included numerous 13-year-olds, cruised to the state championship on Saturday in Torrington.
The pathway started during the summer, when the majority of the Riverton players on the younger team played on the traveling team called the Riverton Renegades.
The Renegades' main purpose was to play more competitive baseball, traveling to a number of different tournaments across the state and one in Scottsbluff, Neb.
By the time the state tournament rolled around last week, Riverton was prepared for anything.
The pitching was outstanding from the staff, and the players played stellar defense as Riverton took its first state Babe Ruth title since 2002.
That year was my first summer as the sports editor at The Ranger. I remember standing on the field when Riverton celebrated the state championship, and thinking all summers would be like that in covering the local all-star teams.
The 12-year state championship drought finally came to an end on Saturday.
It was neat to see the fire truck with all the players on board cruise Main Street on Saturday night as a reward for the state championship.
I have a lot of respect for all the baseball coaches in Riverton. They put in time after work, and they use their vacation time to make sure the teams work together positively.
The players have worked hard to put themselves into the position to compete next week in regionals in Whitefish, Mont.
It's going to be interesting to see how Riverton plays at the regional tournament, but I'm sure Riverton will represent the town and the state just fine.
The Riverton 15-year-olds had also had good results last week in their district play in Worland.
The team showed a deep pitching staff to win the district title.
The next step for the Riverton 15-year-olds is bringing home a state title from Green River, which would make two for Riverton in one summer.
The 15-year-olds can't have a letdown and need to play error-free baseball this week in Green River.
I don't really the format of pool play by a semifinal game and a title game.
I believe a state tournament should be made up of a double-elimination bracket.
In the end, it doesn't matter. After attending practice for the Riverton 15-year-olds all-star practice on Tuesday night, the team won't have any trouble getting fired up to challenge for a state crown and hang up another banner at the Riverton Babe Ruth field.
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