Sep 13, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton will be the site of the 2014 Wyoming Girls Fastpitch Softball Tournament.
The tournament is set for July 10-13 at the Honeycutt Softball Complex.
The event could bring 30 to 45 teams to Riverton. Tournament officials are expecting about 500 players.
"The state tournament will be a big economic boost to the city," Riverton fastpitch president Mark Stone said. "The tournament will give the citizens of Riverton a chance to see the best softball teams in Wyoming compete against each other."
The tournament will consist of a recreation division and a Class B division.
The age groups are Under 10, U12, U14, U16 and the U18.
"This tournament could help both the Riverton and Lander programs," Stone said. "In order to have a successful summer league, some participation in travel team competitive softball is important. Hopefully by hosting this tournament locally we will be represented in each age division by a traveling team."
Stone said his wife, Danette Stone, was key to the tournament bid.
"She has helped me with our summer tournament and knows we will put on a great tournament in Riverton for the state," Mark Stone said.
The last two state tournaments in Riverton were held in 2000 and 1995.
"We will have to get the complex in great shape for the tournament," Stone said. "We will also have to ask Riverton Little League if we can use three of their fields as well. We will need to do some work on our infields and outfields to make sure they are in the best shape they can be in."
The tournament will field approximately 120 games scheduled on six or seven fields over a three-day span.
"The potential to the Riverton and Lander programs is huge," Stone said. "I just hope we have some coaches step forward and coach some local teams to get them ready to play in this tournament. It will be so important for the young ladies who want to play competitive softball."
Stone brought a group of Riverton High School aged players to a Casper tournament last Saturday and Sunday and went 1-5.
The win for the Riverton team was a 9-8 victory over the Gillette junior varsity squad.
Riverton lost to Casper (18-10), Cheyenne (13-3), Rock Springs (13-3), Gillette (15-1) and the Casper JV (16-14).
"The Gillette game was the best one we had played all fall," Stone said. "We got the lead and kept it."
Maddi Nipper got the win for Riverton on the mound.
"I saw a lot of improvement in our hitting over the weekend," Stone said. "Our young players are starting to see the ball better and put a lot of balls in play."
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