Jun 9, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Douglas Cats scratched out a 7-4 victory over the Riverton Raiders Saturday afternoon in the first day Roy Peck Invitational Wood Bat baseball tournament.
Riverton had entered the two-day American Legion tournament on a four-game winning streak after sweeping Lovell and Rawlins last weekend.
Riverton moved to 5-5 on the season.
"I thought that we played good for the most part of the second half of the game with Douglas," Riverton manager Brady Beers said. "In the first half of the game, our defense just wasn't there. It took our defense half the game to get warmed up."
Riverton gave up six runs to Douglas on errors.
The Raiders played Rock Springs on Saturday night in the final game of the day.
Riverton played Green River on Sunday morning.
Green River beat Rock Springs 3-2 and Douglas 10-7 Saturday for a 2-0 start to the tournament.
"Douglas is always a solid baseball team," Beers said. "Something we noticed with Douglas is that they don't beat themselves. Douglas doesn't make stupid mistakes."
The championship game of the tournament is slated for 4:15 p.m. Sunday.
Douglas 7, Riverton 4
The Raiders opened the game with a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
In the frame, Riverton's Ryan Axthelm had an RBI single, and Austin Locker scored when the home team put on a double steal.
Douglas took the lead with three runs in the third inning, and three more crossed home plate in the top of the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, T.J. Paulsen reached base because of an infield error from Douglas.
Andrew Von Rein then smacked a single to keep the inning going.
Teammate Baylor Beers delivered a two-run single to trim the lead to 6-4.
In the top of the sixth inning, Douglas plated an insurance run for the three-run cushion.
Riverton's Steven Reinig lasted into the seventh inning, throwing about 120 pitches.
Paulsen came on the mound to record the last out.
"I thought that Steven pitched excellent," manager Beers said. "Steven was throwing a lot of strikes, but the defense was just not there for him."
He gave up six hits but didn't allow an earned run.
Von Rein had a team-high two hits.
Roy Peck tournament scores
Green River 10, Douglas 7
Green River 3, Rock Springs 2
Douglas 7, Riverton 4
Rock Springs vs. Riverton (n)
8 a.m. -- Rock Springs Archie Hay Post 24 vs. Douglas Cats
10:45 a.m. -- Green River Knights at Riverton Raiders - (Non-Division Game)
1:30 p.m. Third place -- TBA vs. TBA
4:15 p.m. -- Championship -- TBA vs. TBA.
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