Aug 4, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton earned another crack at playing baseball this summer by winning the Wyoming 15-year-old state Babe Ruth title Saturday, July 26, in Green River.
The reward is an opportunity to compete in the Pacific Northwest Regional in Baker City, Ore.
The tournament is broken down into a pool-play format Tuesday through Friday.
The top two teams in each division make the semifinals on Sunday.
"The kids are really excited to go," Riverton manager Mark Reinig said. "The parents are just as excited as the kids. That is a good thing."
Riverton begins the tournament at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, vs. Oregon.
Riverton challenges Idaho at noon on Wednesday.
Riverton faces Washington in a 9 a.m. game on Thursday.
"I know Wyoming teams always struggle when they go to these tournaments, but I'm just keeping a positive attitude," Reinig said. "This group of kids has a lot of talent on it. Hopefully, we can compete and win some ballgames."
Riverton ends pool play at 3 p.m. Friday vs. Northern Oregon.
Other teams in the second pool are Northern Washington, Montana, Southern Oregon, Southern Washington and Baker City, Ore., which gets a spot as the host team.
"We need to keep our bats going," Reinig said. "Our pitchers still need to be solid with a lot of defense behind them."
Riverton has maintained a good practice schedule after the state championship run.
"We have shortened practices up a little bit," Reinig said. "We have been hitting every day. We have just been running everything a little shorter."
Reinig has liked the way the Riverton community has been behind his 15-year-old all-star team and the 14-year-old all-star team.
"The community has really stepped up for both of the teams," Reinig said, referring as well to the state-champion 14-year-old all-stars.
Riverton will continue to use Teron Doebele, Brayden Draper, Reed Axthelm, Francisco Perada, and Alex Fabricus on the mound.
"The pitching staff is always pretty confident, but the whole team is confident," Reinig said.
The starting infield for Riverton probably will have Anthony Allen at third base.
Draper plays shortstop.
Doebele goes at second.
Tyler Farrar is slated to start at first. Matthew Reinig is behind the plate.
Reed Axthelm and Nikko Garcia anchor the outfield.
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