Jun 30, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorA late rally by the Riverton Raiders came up one run short in a 10-9 American Legion baseball loss to the Grand Junction Central Warriors (Colorado) on Saturday.
The Raiders were down 8-2 before making things tight at the end of the seven-inning contest in the Cody Wood Bat Tournament.
The game marked the first time this season the Raiders played with wood bats.
Cody Beers filled in for Raiders manager Jeremy McCormick who is on vacation. Beers was the manager for the 2011 season.
"I'm really proud of the kids," Beers said. "They never gave up. We played a great game against a good Grand Junction team. You have to be aggressive to win that type of game."
Riverton lost to the Billings, Mont., Halos 11-0 Friday in the first game of the three-day tournament.
Riverton played the Cody Cubs in the final game Saturday in a non-conference game. Gerald Childers threw for the Raiders.
The Raiders play Douglas on Sunday to complete the tournament.
"We are trying to develop a pitching staff for the end of the year, and these tournaments help you do that," Beers said.
Johnny Souza is expected to start on the hill in the game against the Bearcats.
Riverton will head to Rawlins on Tuesday for a doubleheader with the Generals. Game times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Raiders are 4-0 against Rawlins.
Grand Junction, Colo., 10, Riverton 9
Baylor Beers, Josh Oaks and Leif Krumland all pitched in the first six innings vs. Grand Junction.
Beers went three innings, Oaks pitched two and Krumland went one.
The comeback started for the Raiders in the fifth as Riverton crossed home plate four times to pull within 8-6.
In the top of the sixth, Krumland started on the mound but loaded the bases.
Souza came on the mound and gave up two runs on two errors for the Raiders to make the scoreboard read 10-6.
In the bottom of the sixth, Nick Esposito had an RBI single and Brady Beers smacked a two-run homer to close it to 10-9.
"They had picked up that we weren't hitting the curveball very well," Brady Beers said. "I knew that and decided to wait on the curveball. He threw me one on the inside half of the plate."
The home run went over the left field fence.
"I wasn't surprised that it went out," Beers said. "I can say it's far better to hit a home run with a wood bat than it's to hit one with the metal bat. The wood bat feels real."
Souza threw 22 pitches in the sixth and Childers pitched a scoreless seventh on 18 pitches.
Grand Junction shut down the Raiders in the seventh inning to escape for the win.
Grand Junction beat Douglas and Cody on Friday in the tournament.
Billings, Mont., 11, Riverton 0
Krumland opened on the hill for the first time all season against Billings, Mont., and struggled in the first inning when he gave up seven runs.
Krumland moved to Riverton this summer after playing high school baseball in Oregon.
The lead was more than enough for the Raiders as the Halos continued to an easy win.
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