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Raiders drop two to Powell Pioneers
Jun 22, 2012 - From staff reports
Riverton has an open weekend and will host Lovell at Roy Peck Field next Tuesday in a double header that is set to begin at 2 p.m.
The Riverton Raiders dropped two Wyoming American Legion Baseball Northwest Division games Thursday night in Powell.
The Pioneers topped Riverton 10-6 in the first game, and the Raiders let a 9-0 lead evaporate and lost 16-15 in the nightcap.
Although Riverton scored in every inning except the seventh, the Pioneers used a seven-run third inning to get back into game two. Justin Lynn pushed a ground ball through a drawn-in Raider infield to plate the game winning run for Powell in the bottom of the seventh.
Gerold Childers pitched a complete game one, and Johnny Souza pitched five innings in the second game.
"There were way too many errors. In the first game there were too many. We played well in the second game but couldn't hold the lead. The umpire didn't help us out. In the third inning, his zone was really small. I couldn't get it anywhere to get a strike. It was not good. Hitting-wise, we did awesome," Souza said.
The two losses drop Riverton's overall record to 7-9. The Raiders are now 1-3 in Northwest Division behind Powell (6-0) and Cody (3-3). Lovell trails Riverton in the conference standings with an 0-4 record.
The Raiders traveled to Powell with just ten players.
Despite the two setbacks, Riverton head coach Jeremy McCormick is satisfied that his team is heading in the right direction.
"We did get that big lead. They got a few hits on us and we had some errors that didn't let us seal the deal. We just have to play to our potential and we'll be fine. We hit and we were agressive on the base paths and scored runs in both games. We have to clean up the mental mistakes," McCormick said.
Delbert Wichelhaus and Josh Oaks did not make the trip to Park County Thursday but should return to the lineup soon.
Riverton takes the weekend off before preparing to host Lovell in a pair of division games Tuesday, June 26, beginning at 2 p.m. at Roy Peck Field.
When asked whether he would like to play more games, Souza said, "Yes and no. I would like to play more games, but it is good to have a few days off to rest for our next games."
Riverton 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 -- 6
Powell 1 2 4 0 1 2 -- 10
Riverton 3 4 4 2 2 2 0 -- 15
Powell 0 0 7 1 4 1 3 -- 16