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Raiders claw back in ninth inning to secure state spot

Jul 28, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Riverton Raiders qualified for the American Legion state baseball tournament on Saturday, pulling out a 15-13 win against Evanston in a must-win game at the district tournament.

After the emotional victory, the Laramie Rangers defeated Riverton 9-6 for third place.

Laramie beat Riverton 15-6 Thursday in the opening round of the district tournament.

"It was big for us to qualify for state, because that hasn't happened for five years," Riverton manager Brady Beers said. "It was exciting at the end against Evanston to see our guys band together."

Green River and Rock Springs played in the district title game Saturday night.

The state tournament begins this week in Laramie.

Riverton 15, Evanston 13

Evanston seemed to have things wrapped against the Raiders after eight innings of play.

Evanston was up 13-9 before Riverton mounted a comeback.

The Raiders deadlocked the score at 13-13 and went ahead with two more runs for the state tournament clincher.

"We were able to shut the door in the bottom of the ninth," Beers said.

Riverton chipped away at the lead to get the momentum away from Evanston.

"We were stringing out hits together well in the later innings," Beers said.

South tournament at Rock Springs:

Evanston gets No. 2 SW seed over Riverton due to winning the head-to-head series 3-1.

Thursday

(No. 4 SW) Rock Springs Archie Hay Post 24 18 (No. 1 SE) Torrington Tigers 7

(No. 2 SW) Evanston Outlaws 7 (No. 3 SE) Rawlins Generals 6

(No. 2 SE) Laramie Rangers 15 (No. 3 SW) Riverton Raiders 6

(No. 1 SW) Green River Knights 1 (No. 4 SE) Guernsey Grizzlies 0 (Forfeit)

Friday, July 25:

Consolation Round:

Torrington Tigers 15 Rawlins Generals 2 - Rawlins Eliminated.

Riverton Raiders 1 Guernsey Grizzlies 0 - Forfeit. Guernsey Eliminated.

Semi-Finals:

Green River Knights 9 Laramie Rangers 6 - Green River qualifies for the state tournament.

Rock Springs Archie Hay Post 24 6 Evanston Outlaws 1 - Rock Springs qualifies for the state tournament.

Saturday, July 26:

Laramie Rangers 16 Torrington Tigers 5 - Torrington Eliminated. Laramie qualifies for the state tournament.

Riverton Raiders 15 Evanston Outlaws 13 - Evanston Eliminated. Riverton qualifies for the state tournament.

Laramie Rangers 9 Riverton Raiders 6 - 3rd Place

Note: Tournament officials will post the brackets early next week for the state tournament.

The South-North will play each other in the first round of the state tournament.

The state title game will be on Saturday.

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