Aug 5, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Yakima, Wash., Jaguars eliminated the Riverton U.S. Energy girls fastpitch team from the Under-18 Western ASA national tournament 7-6 on Friday in Salem, Ore.
Riverton lost a pair of games in pool play and two more in bracket play to head back to Fremont County.
The title game was played Saturday.
U.S. Energy qualified for the tournament by placing third last month at the state tournament in Cheyenne.
"Errors were devastating for us all tournament long," Riverton manager Mark Stone said. "We had played so well all season long, but got to this tournament and our fundamentals were just gone. I'm not sure why."
Riverton left on Monday to compete in the tournament.
"They will be a better team next year following this performance," Stone said. "The players that are coming back will be hungry to redeem themselves."
The 2014 Western regional tournament will be held in Gillette.
Yakima 7, Riverton 6
A shaky first inning was costly for Riverton.
Yakima scored six unearned runs thanks to four errors by the Riverton team.
U.S. Energy scored one run in the first after a leadoff double by Kendall Krumland. Jordan Love had the RBI hit.
Riverton started Love on the mound in the consolation game.
"We switched out in the first inning," Stone said.
McKinley Earnest pitched the rest of the way.
In the third inning, Krumland scored on a double from Shanice Webb. Riverton stranded runners at second and third to pull within 6-2.
The two teams went scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings.
Riverton's Caroline DeWitt lead off the sixth with a single. Hannah Soll reached on base with an error. Morgan Brown grounded out into a double play.
Earnest had an RBI single closing the score to 7-3.
In Riverton's final at-bat, Webb knocked in a run with a ground ball. DeWitt scored Webb on another ground out.
Soll reached on base with an error. She later scored on a error to pull Riverton to within one run.
Earnest struck out four and gave up only one walk. All the runs scored against Riverton were unearned.