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Area Babe Ruth teams battle
Riverton's Brandon Fullerton watched a high pitch on Saturday afternoon during a 15-8 win over Lander at the Riverton Babe Ruth field. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Area Babe Ruth teams battle

Jun 3, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Rawlins swept Riverton and Lander during games at the Riverton Babe Ruth Park Friday and Saturday.

Riverton belted the baseball around the park Saturday afternoon to pick up a 15-8 win vs. Lander at Riverton Babe Ruth Field.

The contest was between two baseball traveling teams made up of 13-15-year-olds for the summer. The games were seven innings.

Rawlins swept Lander and Riverton to go 3-0 on Friday and Saturday.

"I thought that the kids had a great time against Lander," Riverton manager Cody Beers said. "They hit the ball very well, and we played great defense."

Rawlins beat Riverton 13-2 on Friday and 14-7 on Saturday.

Rawlins ran past Lander 14-1 on Friday.

"We have a pretty young team," Lander manager Dave Peschio said. "I think that they did really well. They learned some stuff against Riverton and Rawlins."

Riverton has four Babe Ruth teams this summer, while Lander has two.

"We just want to get out players some more games this summer," said Peschio on why Lander is playing extra games.

The two Fremont County towns have formed to play a six-team league.

The six teams have players on the two traveling teams.

Riverton will now play in a 10-team Powell Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

The towns in the tournament are Cody (two teams), Powell (two teams), Cowley, Worland, Greybull, Lovell, Rawlins and Riverton.

Riverton plays Cody at 2 p.m. Friday. The second game for Riverton is set for 6 p.m.

The second day will be used for tournament play.

Riverton 15, Lander 8

(Saturday)

Riverton opened the final game of the two-day tournament by scoring three runs apiece in the first two innings against Lander starter Andrew Von Rein.

Lander started to get on track vs. Riverton's second pitcher Teron Doebele.

The visiting team scored four runs to make it one-run game at 6-5.

In the bottom of the third, Riverton took back control.

Brandon Fullerton and Josiah Washington had back-to-back RBI doubles.

Riverton crossed home plate five times keep the momentum on its side. Riverton scored three more times in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach.

Lander pitchers were Von Rein and Tucker Russell.

Russell pitched the final three innings for Lander to avoid the game getting stopped because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Steven Reinig, Robert Buline, T.J. Paulsen and Ryan Axthelm all saw time on the mound for Riverton.

In the top of the fourth, Buline tossed seven pitches for three outs in the quick inning.

Axthelm came on in the seventh inning to pitch the scoreless frame.

"We had some guys missing, but for the most part everybody was here," Peschio said. "Hopefully, we will get to go to another tournament this summer."

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