Mar 30, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorJeremy McCormick has been hired to be the Riverton Raiders baseball manager for the 2012 season.
The Riverton High School teacher and head football coach expects to have 15 players to work this summer.
McCormick was a high school baseball coach in Colorado before he moved to Wyoming.
Riverton, Lander, Wind River and Shoshoni all have players on the roster this year.
There was talk earlier in the year that Lander was going to field a team, but that isn't going to happen.
There are five 18-years-olds for the Raiders, and a couple of 17-year-olds.
"They are excited. It's going to be a fun season," McCormick said.
McCormick said the the teams are allowed 18 players on the roster.
"We are at a good number right now for the summer," McCormick said.
He's planning on starting the regular season in May. The team will start practicing in the early stages in April.
There will about 40 games on the schedule.
"We have a pretty good mix of players," McCormick said.
In the winter, St. Stephen's teacher and former basketball coach Brady Slack was hired to be the head coach for the Raiders. Slack stepped down to concentrate on basketball coaching.
Cody Beers managed the team in the 2011 season.
"We are really pleased that Jeremy has stepped up and is looking forward to the opportunity," Beers said "We are happy that Coach McCormick is going to get the kids ready to play. We are excited that we are going to have a baseball season."
Riverton is in the A level this year. Cheyenne, Casper Gillette and Rock Springs are the squads in the AA.
Riverton, Cody, Powell and Lovell make up the Northwest division.
The Northeast conference has the Gillette junior varsity, Casper junior varsity, Douglas and Sheridan.
Evanston, Jackson, Rawlins and Green River are in the Southwest.
The Southeast division has Laramie, Wheatland, Torrington and the Cheyenne junior varsity.
The North district tournament will be played in Powell and the South district tournament will be played in Jackson.
The top 2 teams from each district tournament will go to state.
All four AA teams will be on one side of the bracket, playing double-elimination format
The winner is the AA state champion.
The four A teams will be on the other side, playing double-elimination format, with the winner being declared the 'A' state champ.
A preseason camp for ages 8-12 is planned for Saturday, April 7, at Ron Saban Baseball Complex in Riverton.
The camp will be conducted by Riverton Raiders players and coaches.
The camp starts at 9:30 a.m. and runs four hours.
Lunch will be provided for the campers The cost is $25.
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