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Laramie bests Raiders to start district tourney

Jul 25, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Riverton still could earn a state tournament bid.

The Laramie Rangers opened the Class A South District American Legion baseball tournament beating the Riverton Raiders 15-6 Thursday in Rock Springs.

The Raiders are the No. 3 seed for the double-elimination tournament, and Laramie has the No. 2 position.

The win advances Laramie to play Green River in one of the semifinals. The Rangers are the defending A champions.

Games in the postseason are nine innings. Most regular-season games are seven inning.

Riverton now awaits the loser of Evanston-Rock Springs at noon Saturday.

The winner of that game earns a bid for the state tournament.

The top four teams advance from district play advance to state.

Laramie 15, Riverton 6

The Rangers were behind the Raiders 4-2 after three innings but took command of the game with six runs in the fourth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate.

Laramie's Nate Burman had a bases-loaded triple to score three runs runs for a 9-4 lead.

Pitcher Nate Hill earned the win, going seven innings.

Riverton's Ryan Axthelm suffered the setback.

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