Aug 1, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRock Springs scored eight runs in the eighth inning to eliminate the Riverton Raiders 14-4 from the American Legion A state baseball tournament in Laramie.
The game was stopped at the end of the inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Riverton lost to Cody 12-3 in the opening game Thursday afternoon.
It was the first state appearance for Riverton in five years.
The tournament was slated to start Wednesday but was postponed because of a wet field.
Rock Springs now plays the loser of Green River-Powell on Saturday morning.
The tournament finishes on Sunday with the title game.
Rock Springs 14,
Riverton scored first when Ryan Axthelm had an RBI fly out to move teammate Andrew Von Rein across home plate.
In the second inning, Rock Springs scored two runs on three hits to take the lead at 2-1.
The scoreboard changed hands in the top of the third on a two-run single by Axthelm. Sean Hughes added an RBI single to make it a 4-2 game.
Rock Springs deadlocked the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning vs. Riverton starter Steven Reinig.
Reinig ended the threat with a strikeout. The right-hander had seven strikeouts in the first five innings.
Rock Springs extended lead to 6-4 after seven innings.
Reinig was lifted for Baylor Beers in the top of the eighth inning.
Rock Springs then scored eight runs to end it/ Reinig had eight strikeouts in the game.
Cody checked into the state tournament as a No. 1 seed after winning the North title last week on its home diamond.
Riverton was the No. 4 seed.
In Thursday's contest, Cody's pitching never let Riverton's offense get on track.
Axthelm took the setback on the mound.
Legion tournament results
Thursday, July 31:
(#3N) Douglas Cats 10 (#2S) Rock Springs Archie Hay Post 24 2
(#1N) Cody Cubs 13 (#4S) Riverton Raiders 2
(#1S) Green River Knights 12 (#4N) Casper Drillers 7
(#2N) Powell Pioneers 8 (#3S) Laramie Rangers 5
Friday, August 1:
Rock Springs Archie Hay Post 24 vs. Riverton Raiders - 9am
Casper Drillers vs. Laramie Rangers --Noon
Douglas Cats vs. Cody Cubs - 4pm Green River Knights vs. Powell Pioneers - 7pm
Saturday, August 2:
Rock Springs/Riverton winner vs. Green River/Powell loser - 9 am loser out
Casper/Laramie winner vs. Douglas/Cody loser - Noon loser out
9am winner vs. Noon winner - 4pm loser out
Douglas/Cody winner vs. Green River/Powell winner - 7pm Winner advances to the championship game.
Sunday, August 3:
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