Jun 17, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander is learning the ropes this weekend in Riverton at the U.S. Energy fastpitch softball tournament in the Under-14 division.
The Lander Eclipse dropped a 12-4 game to Douglas on Saturday. Lander also lost to Rock Springs 10-0 and Gillette 11-1 in pool play games.
"We have a lot of kids that are trying to get into softball," Lander manager Melinda Cox said. "We are learning. Pitching is a little bit behind. We are coming along."
Cox said the team has spent the last few summers together playing fastpitch.
"The makeup of this is that these kids have played for a little while," Cox said. "They haven't played competitively. We are trying to make it more competitive for them."
The tournament finishes Sunday with bracket play. The title games will be played Sunday afternoon.
"There are about six or seven girls on this team that have played in state tournaments before," Cox said. "We have played in the last four years. They just wanted to play in more tournaments."
Lander plans to play every weekend until the state tournament on July 11.
Tournaments in Douglas and Torrington are on the schedule.
Avery Cox and Ronnie Webster are the two pitchers for Lander.
"We are playing as many as kids as we can," coach Cox said. "We are getting in at least 13 kids in the game."
The catcher for Lander is Allyson Sollars.
"We are a scrappy team," Cox said.
After the tournament is over in Riverton, Lander will focus on batting fundamentals.
"We need to work on hitting," Cox said. "We see some pitching that we don't normally see. We need to start to work on our bat speed and getting on base more."
The Gillette team is a favorite in Lander's division.
"We played a really good Rock Springs team on Saturday morning," Cox said. The Rock Springs pitcher 'threw hard and threw a little bit of off speed pitches. She was really tough."
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