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Raiders sweep Rawlins, Lovell on home diamond

Jun 2, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Four victories in a span of two days started the Riverton Raiders home American Legion baseball season at Roy Peck Field.

The Raiders swept two from the Lovell Mustangs, 16-0 and 7-0, Friday under the lights.

Riverton completed the sweep Saturday, beating the Rawlins Generals 12-2 and 7-6.

The Raiders climbed to 5-4 on the season.

"Getting four wins is exactly what we needed at this point of the season," Riverton manager Brady Beers said. "That is something that we haven't done in a couple of years."

Lovell dressed only 10 players for the doubleheader.

The two games on Friday night were the first for Lovell in the American Legion season.

Riverton now hosts the Roy Peck Memorial tournament this Saturday and Sunday.

Douglas, Green River and Rawlins are in the field.

Home opener

The table was set for the Raiders in the first inning when Andrew Von Rein smacked the first pitch he saw for a triple vs. the Mustangs.

Steven Reinig had an RBI double and later scored on an RBI groundout for a 2-0 cushion.

Von Rein's triple "was a huge hit for us," Beers said. "We trust Andrew to be our leadoff hitter, and he really jump-started our offense with the triple."

In the bottom of the second inning, Reinig had an RBI single and Baylor Beers belted an RBI double to extend the lead to 6-0.

The Raiders exploded for nine more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Von Rein, Bailey Myers and Beers all had RBIs in the inning.

The Lovell manager called the game after the big inning.

The Lovell coach conceded the game after four innings. Axthelm went the distance for Riverton, giving up one hit.

Axthelm had a total of 63 pitches with five strikeouts.

"Ryan gave us every chance that we needed to win," Beers said.

In the second game, Reinig overpowered Lovell on the mound for the sweep.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Riverton scratched together four runs.

Reinig stole home for one of the highlights.

Saturday sweep

"The biggest thing to get two wins was just to stay with it in the second game," Beers said.

In the second game, Rawlins jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning.

Brayden Draper was pulled in favor of Von Rein.

The right-hander from Lander kept the Rawlins in check the rest of the way for the victory.

"It was Andrew's best outing since he has been on the team with us," Beers said.

Von Rein threw only 70 pitches in almost seven innings of work.

Baylor Beers controlled Rawlins in the opener Saturday. He threw five innings. The game was called in the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule.

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