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California team handles Riverton on softball field

Aug 1, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

A team from Oakland, Calif., blanked the Riverton U.S. Energy fastpitch team 9-0 Wednesday in the first game of the Western ASA Under-18 tournament in Salem, Ore.

The contest was the first of two in pool play for the Riverton team.

Riverton played the host Salem squad on Thursday in the second game of pool play. Bracket play started Thursday afternoon.

"We just did not play well," Riverton manager Mark Stone said. "Salem will be looking to get a victory in front of their home crowd."

The tournament ends Saturday with the championship game.

Oakland, Calif., 9, Riverton 0

Stone said six illegal pitches were called on starting pitcher McKinnley Earnest.

"That lead to us unraveling," Stone said. "I'm not making excuses, but she has pitched that way all year and nothing has been called. The umpire was all over her on a technicality. We have to learn to adjust and adapt."

Stone said Hannah Soll smacked the ball all over the field against the California team.

Soll had a single and a double.

"Hannah just missed a home run by a few feet on the double," Stone said.

Morgan Brown had a base hit. Earnest finished with a double.

"Several other players hit the ball well, but right at someone," Stone said. "It was just one of those days where everything went right for them, and everything went wrong for us."

Riverton finished with four hits, no strikeouts and two walks. Oakland tallied six hits, four walks and four strikeouts.

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