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Little League gearing up for 2013 season
Mar 29, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Riverton hosts the district tournament in July.
Riverton Little League baseball president Jason Muehler believes this year is going to be a remarkable season on the diamond.
The first step of the year started Tuesday and Wednesday during the annual Wilson Test.
The test took part indoors at the Fremont Center. It gave the coaches an opportunity to look at future players taking ground balls, hitting and running for the major and minor league divisions.
"We have a great group of kids," Muehler said.
The major division is for players 11-12 years old. The minor league age group is 9-10.
"It was exciting to see the kids taking their cuts and going through the Wilson Test," Muehler said. "It makes me think of spring."
Muehler did the Wilson Test at the Fremont Center to get a jump start on the season.
"We usually aren't starting the Wilson Test or having the draft until the first full week of April," Muehler said.
The major division this year in the Riverton Little League will be made up of the Rockies, Twins, Dodgers, Red Sox and Braves.
The league had five major league teams in 2012.
"I would always like to have more, but five is a good number," Muehler said.
Travis Draper and Brad Matsen have been assigned to coach the Rockies.
Jeremy Martinez and Muehler make up the coaching staff of the Twins.
Jamie Frazier and David Rees are the coaches for the Dodgers.
Scott Fabricus and Les Wempen guide the Red Sox.
The Braves coaches are Justin Gaston and Rich Lange.
"We have great coaches," Muehler said. "They are very baseball-minded. All the head coaches have coached before. They have been very active in the league. I'm really excited about the coaching talent that will teach the baseball fundamentals."
Muehler is shooting to have seven teams in the minor league division.
The season will start the first week of May.
"They will have the month of April to practice," Muehler said.
District tournaments in Riverton
A focus for Riverton Little League is preparing to host the district tournament July 17-20.
The district tournament is made up of different brackets for 11-12 and 9-10 players. Riverton is expecting eight teams in each age division.
Cody, Powell, North Big Horn, Riverton, Lander, Green River, Mountain View and maybe a Pinedale team in the tournament.
"We are excited and nervous at the same time," Muehler said. "We have a tremendous amount of work to do on the fields."