Jun 19, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorBig smiles were on the faces of Riverton baseball players Teron Doebele and Demi Stauffenberg when talking about their experience at Coors Field in Denver and winning regional titles of the Pitch, Hit & Run competition.
The event was held Saturday, June 8, in Denver before the Colorado Rockies took the field against the San Diego Padres.
The 14-year-old Doebele won his title in the 13-14 age group.
Stauffenberg, 10, claimed her championship in the 9-10 division.
Riverton's Jereko Martinez finished third in the 11-12 age division at Coors Field.
"I will never forget the experience," Doebele said. "It was so fun. It was just something that not a lot of kids get to do. I really loved being out on the field."
The Riverton tandem won titles at a local level and state competition to clinch a spot at regionals.
The competition was split between boys and girls. There age divisions were 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.
Stauffenberg also qualified for the regional competition last year in Denver. This was the first time Doebele and Stauffenberg won at Coors Field.
'It was just pretty fun to do it again," Stauffenberg said. "I was a lot more relaxed because I knew what was coming."
Later that evening, the winners were announced at the Rockies game.
"Before the game they lined up all the winners. They had a camera and said where we from," Doebele said. "I was way nervous because the kids were really good. It was a big stage. Everything was just big."
"It's kind of an intimidating process just to be on Coors Field," said Demi's father, Serol Stauffenberg. "You are used to throwing and hitting on your baseball diamond down in Riverton. There are a lot of people that would love to be on the field. It's just a neat experience for anybody."
The Pitch, Hit & Run competition was hosted at all 30 Major League ballparks for different regionals.
"It was a neat thing just to have three Riverton players down there," Serol Stauffenberg said. "Riverton had a great showing down there, considering there weren't a lot of people down there to start with."
Doebele is playing for the Riverton Raiders an American Legion baseball team and is on the Phillies in the Riverton Babe Ruth League.
"Between the state and regional competition, I played a lot of baseball with my Babe Ruth team and the Raiders," Doebele said. "That got me in baseball shape."
In Denver, the players had hit from a tee, ran the bases and threw.
Doebele hit three times in the competition.
"It was right out to center," Doebele said.
The incoming Riverton High School freshman threw from shortstop to third base at Coors Field. Doebele hit the target four times out of six.
"I was kind of disappointed that I didn't hit all six," Doebele said. "At the state competition, I did hit six out of six. I thought maybe for a second that I lost it."
He ran from second to home in seven seconds.
"It was a good way to close it out," Doebele said.
Demi Stauffenberg made sure she sat in the dugout where Colorado's first baseman Todd Helton sits during the game prior to the competition.
"I always pay attention to where Todd Helton sits on television," Demi Stauffenberg said. "He always sits on the first chair."
Stauffenberg felt that brought her good luck when she performed on the field.
"That was the game plan going in," Stauffenberg said.
She hit two strikes out of six in the pitching department. Stauffenberg hit one to second base.
The two other girls in her age group where from Nebraska.
"Her hitting helped her win," Serol Stauffenberg said. "In the end, she ended up winning all three of the competitions."
Demi is playing in the minor division in the Riverton Little League on the Texas Rangers.
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