Raiders bounce back for split with EvanstonJun 30, 2014 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Scorched 16-2 in the opener, Riverton turned the tables 11-5 in the second game Saturday.
For about 90 minutes the Evanston Outlaws were in sole possession of first place in the American Legion Southwest Conference.
The Outlaws pummeled the home-standing Riverton Raiders 16-2 in the opening game of Saturday's double-header at Roy Peck Field. The win moved the Outlaws to 4-1 on the season while the Raiders dropped to 3-2 with the loss.
That all reversed in the second game ,with Riverton taking an 11-2 lead and snuffing a late Evanston rally to win 11-5. The split leaves the two conference leaders locked at 4-2.
"We came out a lot more prepared for the second game," Riverton manager Brady Beers said.
Ian Fischer had a dominating performance for the Outlaws in the opening game, limiting Riverton to just three hits on the day.
Evanston opened the game with three runs in the first inning, and Riverton answered with two in the bottom half of the frame, but the Raider bats went silent after that.
Back-to-back four-run innings in the third and fourth put the game away for Evanston, and the game was called via the 10-run rule after five innings.
But Saturday was a tale of two games with Riverton reversing their fortune in the nightcap.
Riverton put six runs on the board in the first inning and sent 11 batters to the plate in the process to take a big lead.
Riverton's Steven Reinig was commanding on the mound, hurling eight strikeouts and allowing just two Outlaw hits in the game.
"It started with Steven," Beers said, "That's typical for him when he's in the zone."
Riverton's defense was suspect in the opening game committing seven errors, but it tightened up in the second.
The Raiders were aggressive on the base paths as well, using a strong wind coming in from center field for much of the game to steal second base when Evanston's catcher had to throw into the wind.
Andrew Von Rein, Reinig and Ryan Axthelm were all effective in stealing second base.
"We like to steal with our first three batters," Beers said.
Antony Allen had an outstanding day at third base, and T.J. Paulsen snagged a blistering line shot just inches off the dirt at second base to end the third inning.
Riverton led 8-2 entering the bottom of the sixth and threatened to end the game early after scoring on a passed ball. Von Rein drove a fastball over the head of Evanston's left fielder to score two more and might have been able to score the winning run with an inside the park home run but settled for a triple.
Riverton's play crumbled a bit in the final inning, with Evanston scoring three runs on Riverton errors before Raider left fielder Rusty Davis settled under a short fly ball to preserve the win.
Riverton is 11-15 overall on the season and travels Monday to Lovell.
RIVERTON RAIDERS 2 0 0 0 0 - 2
EVANSTON OUTLAWS 3 1 4 4 2 - 16
Riverton - Andrew Von Rein 0-3, Steven Reining 1-3 2B, Ryan Axthelm 0-3, Baylor Beers 2-S, Bailey Myers 0-3, T.J. Paulsen 0-2, Austin Locker 0-2, Tyler Landis 0-2, Reed Axthelm 0-2
Evanston - Braydon McDonald 1-4 2B, Ian Fischer 2-4 2-S, Tucker Leland 3-4 2-S,SB, Will Kispaugh 4-4 3-S, 2B, Robbie Nowicki 2-4 2-S, Alex Richins 2-4 2-S, Austin Hereford 0-3, Hunter Deru 1-3 S, Wyatt Waite 1-3 S
WP - Ian Fischer
LP - Ryan Axthelm
RIVERTON RAIDERS 6 0 1 1 0 3 - 11
EVANSTON OUTLAWS 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 - 5
Riverton - Von Rein 2-5, S, 3B, S. Reinig 2-5 2-S, Axthelm 1-4 S, Beers 0-4, T.J. Paulsen 2-4 2-S, Antony Allen 1-3 S, Rusty Davis 0-3, Matthew Reinig 0-3, Sean Hughes 0-3
Evanston - McDonald 0-4, Fischer 2-4 2-S, Leland 0-4, Kispaugh 0-4, Nowicki 0-3, Richins 0-3, Hereford 0-3, Hunter 0-3, Waite 0-3
WP - Steven Reinig