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Raiders overpower Rawlins 11-2 to open baseball season

May 5, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Riverton Raiders knocked out the Rawlins Generals 11-2 in their American Legion baseball season opener Saturday in Green River.

The contest was stopped in the in the fifth inning because of the eight-run mercy rule.

"We played really well against Rawlins," Riverton manager Brady Beers said. "We played mistake-free baseball. Our guys had good approaches to the plate, which allowed us to get out and stay out in front."

Riverton played Green River on Saturday night.

Riverton battles Torrington on Sunday.

"I want to see the guys continue to play hard and try to play mistake free baseball," Beers said.

Riverton 11, Rawlins 2

The Raiders scored three runs in the opening inning of the season.

"That was a good start for us," Beers said.

Riverton added seven more runs in the fourth inning.

"That really put us in the lead for good," Beers said.

Baylor Beers went five innings to get the win on the win for the mound. He struck out eight batters and walked five.

Andrew Von Rein had three hits, and T.J. Paulsen recorded two singles.

Bailey Myers blasted a two-run triple in the big fourth inning.

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