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14-year-olds open state play Thursday vs. Casper

Jul 17, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Riverton 14-year-old all-stars will be playing in a four-team state baseball tournament this week in Sheridan.

Riverton opens at 4 p.m. Thursday against Casper.

The other two teams in the tournament are Sheridan and Douglas.

The tournament has a double-elimination bracket.

"I did think that the state tournament was going to be bigger," Riverton manager Mike Fisher said.

Fisher said it's a must for Riverton to be productive at the plate.

"We have been hitting the ball well," Fisher said. "We need to continue to hit the ball during the games."

The Riverton 15-year-old all-stars lost to Powell 13-3 and to Worland 7-3 at the double-elimination tournament last week in Powell.

Younger squad

"We still had a lot of kids who wanted to keep on playing baseball," Fisher said. "The Babe Ruth season is a 12-game season plus playoffs. There is a 13-year-old traveling baseball team. We have a lot of those kids on this team. They were just ready to keep on playing some more games."

Fisher likes the way Riverton is coming together on the diamond.

"Their hitting is improving," Fisher said. "The pitching looks pretty good so far. They just need to get used to playing with each other."

Kolbey Wells is the lone Lander player on the Riverton roster.

Wells is one of the key pitchers for Riverton.

"They are excited to have Kolbey here," Fisher said. "He is a good kid. He has a good personality and he fits in really well with the team. "

Kyren Higgs, Matt Fisher and Ridge McCoy are the other pitchers in the rotation.

Brodie Roden, Fisher and Higgs are the catchers.

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