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Ten more teams in Riverton Little League this year
May 2, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Mother Nature postponed the first pitch of the season Wednesday night in the Riverton Little League baseball when another spring snowstorm hit Fremont County.
In the major division, the Phillies and the Rockies were prepared to play each other at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex.
The second game had the Twins and the Braves on the diamond. Both games were postponed.
League officials now plan to start the season at 6 p.m. Thursday at with a pair of minor league games.
On one diamond, the Giants and the Royals will do battle. The Yankees on the Cubs are in the other game.
The major division is for players ages 11-12. The minor league age group is 9-10.
"We are very excited to get the season going," Riverton Little League president Jason Muehler said. "We are just wishing that Mother Nature would help out a little bit more."
The teams have been dealing with the winter-like conditions the last couple of weeks, forcing some teams to practice indoors in different places.
"The weather has really caused some issues," Muehler said. "The coaches have been great in trying to get their practices in and allowing other teams to be on the field. We have been trying to find grassy areas just to take infield practices."
"Early in the year, pitching is always an issue dealing with arm strength and control," Muehler said. "The weather plays into that somewhat."
Games start at 6 p.m. typically, with two games at the Ron Saban Baseball Complex.
"The first week or two is just calming the nerves down and building some confidence," Muehler said.
The major division starts at 6 p.m. Friday between the Rockies and the Dodgers.
"We have expanded to playing a number of games on a Friday night in the majors and the minors to get them more baseball," Muehler said.
The major league season will run to the end of June. The last major league game is Friday, June 23. The district tournament is July 17-20 in Riverton.
"You always strive to make the teams evenly matched," Muehler said. "I believe this year that took place in the draft.
The league encompasses 33 teams in division. Minis and the T-ball are the two other divisions.
"That is in an increase of 10 teams," Muehler said. "The reason we did is that we wanted to have 10 or 11 players on a team so they could get as much baseball in as possible rather than having 14 or 15 kids per team. We wanted to get them as many as at-bats as they can."
Major league -- Braves, Dodgers, Phillies, Rockies and Twins.
Minor league -- Cubs, Giants, Nationals, Rangers, Reds, Royals, Yankees.
Minis -- Angels, Astros, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Marlins, Padres, Pirates, Tigers, White Sox.
T-ball -- Blue Claws, Blue Wahoos, Bulls, Hot Rods, Muckdogs, Mud Cats, Raptors, Red Wings, River Bandits, River Cats, Rockhounds, Sea Dogs, Threshers.