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Raiders struggle in conference games

Raiders struggle in conference games against Powell

Jul 19, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Powell outscored Riverton 36-3 to sweep an American Legion Northwest conference baseball doubleheader Wednesday at Roy Peck Field.

The Pioneers won the first game 13-1 and took the second contest 23-2 over the Raiders. The opening game was stopped in the sixth inning because of the 10-run rule, and the nightcap ended in the fifth inning for the same reason.

Powell won a pair of tight games last month in Powell. The Pioneers are 4-0 in league play against the Raiders. Powell is first in the conference at 12-0. The Pioneers have locked up the No. 1 seed for the district tournament next week in Powell. Riverton is 2-8 in league play. The wins for the Raiders have been against Cody and Lovell. Riverton ends its home slate Friday afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader vs. Douglas. Start times are planned for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Riverton will either be the No. 3 seed or the No. 4 seed for the district tournament. Lovell is last with one win in league play. The Mustangs are 1-1 in conference season vs. the Raiders.

Johnny Souza, Nick Esposito, Brady Beers and Gerald Childers will play the final home games of their legion careers.

Riverton plays Lovell in a doubleheader on the road Saturday afternoon to end the conference season. The Raiders complete the weekend playing a non-conference doubleheader at Sheridan on Sunday.

Sheridan and Powell are the two favorites to compete for the A state title in a couple of weeks.

Powell sweep

The Pioneers built a 6-1 lead after the first three innings in the opening game on Wednesday. In the fourth inning, Powell increased its lead to 10-1 on four runs on four hits vs. Riverton starter Gerald Childers. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Esposito and Brady Beers opened the frame with back-to-back singles.

Powell didn't allow any more base runners after that to keep it a scoreless inning.

Powell added three more runs in the next two innings to open the contest on a winning note. Childers took the complete-game loss on the mound.

The momentum was carried into the second game for the visiting team. Riverton manager Jeremy McCormick went with ace Johnny Souza in the final game of the evening. Souza was pulled in the third inning after Powell was ahead 7-0. Beers, Josiah Washington, Jordan Mills and Josh Oaks all pitched to try to slow down Powell's offense, but the Pioneers collected 16 runs in the next two innings to make it a quick afternoon of work.

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