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Raiders down Torrington 4-2, fall to Lovell 14-12

Jul 8, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Johnny Souza pitched a complete game as the Riverton Raiders downed Torrington 4-2 Saturday in an American Legion baseball tournament in Douglas.

The Lovell Mustangs outlasted the Raiders 14-12 in the second game of the day.

The Raiders play again Sunday to end the two-day tournament.

"We just came out with the attitude that we were going to play baseball against Torrington," Riverton assistant coach Cody Beers said. "Johnny's arm was feeling good. We played great defense behind him."

After the Douglas tournament, the Raiders play four straight Northwest conference games.

Riverton plays at Cody on Wednesday in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Raiders are 1-2 on the season vs. the Cubs. Riverton returns home on Wednesday, July 18, vs. Powell at Roy Peck Field for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Powell swept the Raiders on June 21 in Park County.

Riverton 4, Torrington 2

Souza struck out 11 Torrington batters in 91 pitches in the seven-inning game. He gave up three hits in the two-run victory.

"That was the best pitching performance of the year," Beers said.

The Raiders scored their first run of the game in the second inning after Maurice King singled, advanced to third, and scored on a squeeze bunt by Josh Oaks. Riverton scored again for a 2-0 lead.

Torrington came back to deadlock the score at 2-2 in the top of the fifth on a couple of hits off Souza.

Riverton added one more in the bottom of the fifth. Nick Esposito singled, and Brady Beers had an RBI double. Riverton crossed home plate for an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.

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