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Baseball moms behind-the-scenes heroes

Jun 11, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

It's been said behind every good man is a good woman.

Well, a good example of that is on every youth baseball field in America, including our local venues here in Fremont County.

On any given evening from April through July, baseball moms are there -- out in full force despite the elements, enduring long games on sometimes seemingly endless spring and summer nights which provide everything from bone-chilling cold to skin-melting heat.

Saban Little League Complex, Riverton Babe Ruth Field, Roy Peck Field or City Park in Lander.

It matters not -- take your pick.

Now, with Fathers Day on the horizon, we haven't forgotten all the dads who are a part of the show.

However, the dads are are the front lines of the baseball battles, usually coaching right there on the field alongside their sons and daughters.

But, behind the scenes and away from the glare of either the sun or the lights are the tireless efforts the moms put forth day in and day out, toiling away in relative anonymity and obscurity.

Their roles range from scorekeeper to concession stand worker to announcer to just about any other duty they're called upon to perform.

Oh, and Mom's work isn't done when the games are.

There's always the laundry.

Every slide into home or diving defensive effort results in another stubborn dirt or grass stain on pristine pants which much be clean again by the next game.

By the way, the troops also need to eat.

"Mom -- what's for dinner? I'm starving!"

So, here's a tip of the hat to all the baseball moms out there.

Because behind every baseball player is a good mother.

Three stars

Diamond heroics galore as we head into the heart of baseball season, as well as a rodeo starlet.

No. 3

Lacy Eckhardt, Lander,

high school rodeo

Eckhardt was the only competitor from Lander to qualify for the high school state finals rodeo in Rock Springs this weekend, finishing fourth in the first go-round of pole bending on Thursday with a time of 21.647.

Ride 'em, cowgirl!

Well done.

No. 2

Uriah Hines, Rockies,

Riverton Little League

On Thursday at Saban Little League Complex, Hines had the kind of game most baseball-playing sparkies can only dream of.

Hines hit a first-inning home run right after teammate Jacob Weber's blast, then proceeded to pitch four strong innings, striking out eight Cardinals in a 9-3 victory.

Not a bad day at the office for the purple-clad lad.

Excellent.

No. 1

Brodie Roden, Riverton

American Legion

Not many baseball players in the long and storied history of our national pastime at any level can claim having hit a grand slam and pitched a no-hitter in their respective careers.

No less in the same week.

Yet, the Raiders' speedy leadoff man known more for his track exploits up until now, did exactly that in a sublime six-day span last week.

First up, a game-winning grand slam in the championship game of the Roy Peck Invitational last Sunday, then a no-no right back on the same field against visiting Powell on Friday.

Now, instead of a track guy who plays baseball, perhaps it'll be the other way around.

Very cool, indeed.

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Uriah Hines (16) of the Rockies was named No. 2 star of the week after hitting a home run and striking out eight batters in a 9-3 win over the Cardinals at Saban Little League Complex on Thursday. Also pictued are teammates Derrick DeVries (1) and Kaden Chatfield (2).  Photo by Scott Akanewich

Uriah Hines (16) of the Rockies was named No. 2 star of the week after hitting a home run and striking out eight batters in a 9-3 win over the Cardinals at Saban Little League Complex on Thursday. Also pictued are teammates Derrick DeVries (1) and Kaden Chatfield (2). Photo by Scott Akanewich


Uriah Hines (16) of the Rockies was named No. 2 star of the week after hitting a home run and striking out eight batters in a 9-3 win over the Cardinals at Saban Little League Complex on Thursday. Also pictued are teammates Derrick DeVries (1) and Kaden Chatfield (2).  Photo by Scott Akanewich

Uriah Hines (16) of the Rockies was named No. 2 star of the week after hitting a home run and striking out eight batters in a 9-3 win over the Cardinals at Saban Little League Complex on Thursday. Also pictued are teammates Derrick DeVries (1) and Kaden Chatfield (2). Photo by Scott Akanewich

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