RIVERTON — With just four returning starters, one might assume that the Riverton softball team would have a vacuum of leadership this season.

One would be mistaken.

It's actually quite the opposite. The Silverwolves don't seem to be lacking for leadership, chemistry or experience.

"I'm pretty proud of them for how they're playing," said Emily Cederholm after the Silverwolves earned 12-1 victory over Box Elder in five innings Tuesday afternoon. "Hopefully we can keep it rolling."

The Silverwolves are off to a tremendous start at 6-1 in the season's first week, with pitcher Sami Powell earning Tuesday's victory. The team played in St. George last weekend losing just once to a Nevada team.

"We always seem to struggle when we come back from St. George," said Cederholm. "Today they just seemed to keep up the intensity."

Two players, Symbree Minniear, a senior, and Kelsi Hoopiiaina, a junior, said more than just the names have changed for this year's squad.

"I'm excited," said Hoopiiaina, who smacked a double that knocked in two runs Tuesday. "There really is something different this year and I'm not sure yet what it is. I think it's that there is never only one leader. Everyone is stepping up when they need to."

And more importantly, every player on the team listens to the suggestions of her teammates.

"We have a lot of leaders this year," said Minniear, who belted a double and two RBIs in Tuesday's win. "We haven't had captains since my freshman year. We haven't needed them."

Instead of players designated to carry the weight and responsibility of leadership, the Silverwolves share the load — and the glory.

"If something needs to be said, someone just says it," said Hoopiiaina.

The Bees also have a number of new players, many of whom don't have much varsity experience.

"We're a whole new ball team," said Box Elder coach Lisa Hashimoto. "We're just learning things. Riverton is a good ball team, but we're making errors we shouldn't be making. We haven't played together much and we're young."

Senior Morgan Brooks smacked a double and scored the team's only run.


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