May 25, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Casper Oilers exploded for nine runs in the sixth inning and eight more in the seventh en route a 26-3 victory over the Riverton Raiders in an American Legion baseball game at Roy Peck Field.
The contest was scheduled for nine innings, but ended after seven innings because of the 10-run rule.
The Oilers are playing in the AA level, and the Raiders are in A.
Gillette, Cheyenne Post 6 and Rock Springs are the other teams in AA.
Riverton is now 3-4 on the season. Casper improved to 6-12.
The Raiders swept Rawlins last Saturday in a doubleheader at Roy Peck Field.
"We got the bases loaded twice against Casper, and we couldn't get those runs in," Riverton manager Jeremy McCormick said. "We had some good hits. We had two big innings.
We had errors, and that really got to us. We clean those things up and we are going to be fine."
The Oilers came out swinging from the opening pitch vs. Riverton hurler Johnny Souza.
Casper scored three runs in each of the first three innings for a 9-1 lead. It took Souza almost 30 pitches record three outs in the top of the first inning.
In the bottom of the second, Riverton's Rusty Davis walked, Delbert Wichelchaus singled, and Baylor Beers hit an RBI single to pull Riverton within 6-1.
The inning ended when Casper threw out Wichelchaus at home.
The Raiders begin the bottom of the third inning on back-to-back singles from Josh Parker and Dillon Gies. Riverton loaded the bases but couldn't bring any runners home in the frame.
In the bottom of the fifth, Parker walked, Gies singled, and Nick Esposito walked to load the bases.
Rusty Davis walked for an RBI, but that's all the runs the Oilers could get.
Down 9-1, Souza settled down and kept the Oilers scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings.
Souza was pulled after 5 1/2 innings and 139 pitches.
"Johnny did a good job of hitting his spots and mixing up his speed," McCormick said.
Maurice King came to the mound in the top of the six inning, and Casper broke the game wide open.
Trevor Hyatt opened the mound for the Oilers and pitched the first two and 2/3 innings for the victory.
Left-hander DeLane Doyle shut down the Raiders the next three innings, and Chase Lane pitched the last two.
The Raiders start their Northwest conference season at 5 p.m. Tuesday in a doubleheader vs. the Cody Cubs at Roy Peck Field.
"It's going to be a big deal to get that first conference game out of the chute," McCormick said.
"We just need to settle down and play good baseball."
The Cubs are 6-6 after the first month of the season.
"You want to start your conference strong," McCormick said.
The Powell Pioneers and the Lovell Mustangs round out the conference.
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