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Softball girls hit buzz saw in Oregon regional field

Aug 2, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Riverton U.S. Energy girls fastpitch softball team lost a pair of games Thursday in the Western ASA Under-18 tournament in Salem, Ore.

A team from Salem, Ore., rolled past Riverton 15-1 in the final game of pool play.

The 907 Elite team from Anchorage, Alaska, downed U.S. Energy 18-0 in the opening round of bracket play. Riverton stands at 0-3 at nationals.

Riverton played Yakima, Wash., on Friday in a consolation game to remain alive in the double-elimination format.

"I'm disappointed with our performance so far, but that is how it goes sometimes when you step onto the national stage and try and compete with teams from bigger states that have high school softball and more athletes to choose from," Riverton manager Mark Stone said. "I think the girls are still having fun. They will be better players after this tournament is over."

Salem Warriors 15, Riverton 1

Salem came out in the first inning and delivered four base hits to post a 4-0 lead.

Riverton loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning, but had three straight ground outs.

Salem scored a couple more runs in the third.

Riverton's Jordan Love started the inning with a double and Shanice Webb followed with a single. Riverton had a couple of infield fly balls and a grounder to the pitcher to end the threat.

Riverton scored on an RBI single from McKinley Earnest to get on the scoreboard.

907 Alaska Elite 18, Riverton 0

"They are a traveling all-star team from Anchorage," Stone said. 'Their lineup is dotted with several Division I recruits to major colleges." Stone said the best players from Alaska Elite are going to LSU. "They are a very athletic team," Stone said. "They are probably the favorite to win the tournament." The Alaska Elite team put things into gear after being deadlocked at 0-0 going into the second inning.

"From there on, it was all Alaska," Stone said.

Riverton committed eight errors in the game.

"That opened the floodgates," Stone said.

On the mound, Earnest started the game and went four innings. She gave up four hits, two base on balls and struck out four.

Webb relieved Earnest in the fifth inning.

Webb yielded four hits, had one strikeout and one walk.

Webb, Morgan Brown and Earnest had one hit apiece.

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