Jun 8, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRaider Gerald Childers found out just minutes before the first American Legion baseball doubleheader game that he would be the starting pitcher.
Childers took the ball and pitched five innings in a 14-4 win against the Rawlins Generals on Thursday at Roy Peck Field.
The game was stopped in the bottom of the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.
"I was surprised because I thought that (Riverton Raiders manager Jeremy McCormick) would give it to somebody else," Childers said. "I felt like I did a pretty good job." Rawlins avoided the shutout in the top of the fifth by scoring four times, but the Raiders ended the game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. "It did get away from me in the fifth inning, but my arm felt great," Childers said.
Behind a one-hitter from Maurice King, the Raiders swept Rawlins 13-1 in the final game of the doubleheader.
The second game also ended after five because of the 10-run rule.
The two wins put Riverton 6-5 on the season. Rawlins is winless on the season.
"The kids were pretty focused," McCormick said. "It was a good game to come back on. The kids played pretty well."
Riverton was missing pitchers Johnny Souza and Josh Parker for the doubleheader Thursday. The pair were out of town for different reasons.
"With them being gone, it gives other kids a chance to step up and show what they can do," McCormick said. "They are taking advantage of those opportunities."
The Raiders play the Casper Oilers in a nine-inning game at noon Tuesday at Mike Lansing Field in Casper. The Oilers pounded Riverton 26-3 a few weeks ago at Roy Peck Field.
Riverton 14, Rawlins 4
"I was locating pitches in the first four innings," Childers said. "My catcher, Nick Esposito, was helping me out. He was telling me where to throw and what to throw at the right time."
Riverton came alive in the bottom of the third inning to shut down Rawlins.
With a 2-0 lead, Riverton's Rusty Davis scored King on an RBI bunt. Delbert Wichelhaus was hit by a pitch for an RBI when the bases were loaded.
"We did a good job of running the bases," McCormick said. "We did a good job of hitting the baseball."
Josh Oaks and Esposito put in back-to-back RBI flyouts for a 6-0 cushion. King knocked in two runs on a double. Davis had an RBI single. When the inning was finished, the Raiders scored eight times on six hits.
"It helps a lot," said Childers about Riverton's big inning. "It takes a lot off my shoulders." The contest was never in danger after the fourth inning.
"I wanted to finish out seven innings, but at the same time it felt good to call it five," Childers said. King, Davis and Childers had two hits apiece.
Riverton 13, Rawlins 1
The Generals took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off King for the only advantage in the doubleheader.
The Raiders scored three runs in the next two innings to pull ahead 3-1.
Riverton put the game out of reach in the third inning with six runs added to the scoreboard.
In the inning, King belted a two-run triple and scored on a throwing error on the hardest hit of the contest.
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