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Raiders go 1-2 in Green River tournament; home games next on schedule

Jul 16, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

In the Saturday victory, Ryan Axthelm connected for a walk-off home run, a three-run blast.

The Riverton Raiders took a 10-9 victory ...

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In the Saturday victory, Ryan Axthelm connected for a walk-off home run, a three-run blast. The Riverton Raiders took a 10-9 victory over the Green River Knights during a two-day American Legion baseball tournament in Douglas. The game-winning blast was a three-run homer. Riverton lost to the Douglas Cats 10-3 in the final game on Saturday night. The Raiders were beaten by the Torrington Tigers 15-0 on Sunday afternoon. In the Saturday victory, Ryan Axthelm connected for a walk-off home run, a three-run blast. "That first game was as tight as it gets," Riverton manager Brady Beers said. "It ended in a pretty awesome fashion for us." Douglas tournament In the final inning with Green River, Riverton's Andrew Von Rein reached base on a fielder's choice. Teammate Steven Reinig battled to a 12-pitch at-bat before drawing a walk. "Steven just kept on fouling off the pitches," Beers said. Axthelm had struck out in his previous at-bat on three straight curveballs, but tis time he lofted the ball over the fence. Riverton had lost to Green River 15-1 earlier in the week at Roy Peck Field. "Beating Green River for the second time on a walk-off fashion really helps us out," Beer said. Reinig threw six innings for a total of 126 pitches. The right-handed had 12 strikeouts. "He was in the zone, and commanding enough to control the game," Beers said. In the losses to Douglas and Torrington, the Raiders just couldn't string together enough hits with runners in scoring position. Conference games Riverton faces Green River on the road Wednesday night. The Raiders complete the stretch with two more road games with Evanston Thursday. Green River is 6-2 in league play. The Raiders are 5-3in conference, 15-21 overall. Evanston is 4-6, and Rock Springs is 3-7.

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