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Raiders struggle in home opener
Riverton Raiders first baseman Ridge McCoy waited for the ball as Austin Mortenson of Rock Springs in the Raiders' home opener Friday at Roy Peck Field. Rock Springs won the game 12-1. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

With young players on the field, Raiders struggle in home opener

Jun 3, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Rock Springs delivered two complete-game pitching performances on Friday night to sweep an American Legion doubleheader from the Riverton Raiders at Roy Peck Field.

Rock Springs downed the Raiders 12-1 in the home opener.

In the second game, Rock Springs won 10-6.

The first game was stopped in the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule.

Rock Springs is now 2-6 on the season. Riverton is 1-6.

Riverton had to pull up Babe Ruth players Brayden Draper, Ridge McCoy and Ryan Axthelm for the series to provide team depth because two regular players were out of town.

McCoy started the two games at first base.

Axthelm and Draper started second game.

Riverton played Rock Springs on the road on Saturday afternoon in another doubleheader.

Riverton's next home game is 5 p.m. Wednesday in a doubleheader with Rawlins.

Riverton has a victory over Rawlins this year.

The Raiders host the annual Roy Peck Invitational Saturday and Sunday in Riverton.

Rock Springs 12, Riverton 1

Josh Parker got the start on the mound for the Raiders in the home opener.

Parker had three early strikeouts in the first inning and a half.

Rock Springs scored three runs in the second, one in the third and six more in the fourth for the big cushion.

Wrylee Padilla kept Riverton hitless for the first three innings until Delbert Wichelhaus singled in the bottom of the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Parker drilled a solo homer over the left field fence.

It was Parker's first career home run.

Rock Springs 10, Riverton 6

(Nightcap)

Zach Bowling went the distance for Rock Springs in the second game.

Bowling allowed only three runs in the first six innings against Riverton's offensive attack.

Down 10-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Sam Plush and Parker both singled to load the bases.

Baylor Beers hit an RBI groundout to make it a 10-4 game.

McCoy ripped a two-run triple to pull Riverton to within four at 10-6.

Bowling ended the game with a ground out.

Devin Matsen started on the hill for the Raiders, and Axthelm finished the last two innings.

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