Jul 18, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton had to forfeit its two scheduled conference games Thursday at Evanston because of a player shortage.
Playing with just eight players in the final three innings because of an injury, the Riverton Raiders gutted out a 9-8 extra-inning win Wednesday night in an American Legion baseball game at Green River.
The Raiders lost to Green River 15-4 in the opener of the doubleheader.
Riverton had to forfeit its two scheduled conference games Thursday at Evanston because of a player shortage.
"The win was important for us to keep momentum going, because we have been playing well in the last couple of weeks," Riverton manager Brady Beers said.
The Raiders finished the season 6-6 in conference play.
Evanston also was 6-6, but went 3-1 vs. the Raiders in the head-to-head league games.
"We only had nine guys because a lot of our players were playing this week for the Riverton Babe Ruth all-stars," Beers said.
American Legion baseball typically features players ages 16-18, but the Raiders have brought up younger players in recent years as participation has waned among high school boys.
Riverton starts district tournament play Wednesday in Rock Springs.
Tournament parings will be announced on Monday.
The injury Wednesday occurred when Riverton's Tyler Landis was at the plate.
Landis hit a foul ball that bounced into his eye.
Landis left the game and taken to the hospital.
"Tyler is doing a lot better," Beers said.
With only eight players on the field, Riverton figured out how keep the game close.
The Raiders were up 7-4, but Green River came back to knot the score at 7-7 to force the extra inning
Riverton scored two in its final at-bat for the win.
Pitchers Ryan Axthelm and Steven Reinig combined for the win on the hill.
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