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Raiders turn table on Rock Springs with two victories

Jun 4, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The rally light came on for the Riverton Raiders after falling behind Rock Springs 10-1 Saturday in Sweetwater County to come back for the American Legion baseball sweep.

The Raiders edged Rock Springs 16-12 in the opener, then crushed Rock Springs 16-2 in the second game of the doubleheader. That game was stopped in the sixth inning because of the 10-run rule.

"The two wins were massive for us because of how young we are. Every win is going to build confidence and momentum," Riverton manager Brady Beers said. "That is going to help push us to the next level."

Riverton lost to Rock Springs 12-1 and 10-6 on Friday in its home opener.

Riverton is 3-6 on the season. Rock Springs is now 2-8.

The Raiders host Rawlins in a doubleheader Wednesday at Roy Peck Field.

"Something that we are going to focus on is getting the momentum going at home," Beers said. "We need to start off on Wednesday with two good wins. Then we will have some solid momentum going into the weekend."

The first game starts at 5 p.m vs Rawlins.

The Roy Peck Invitational is Saturday and Sunday in Riverton.

Teams in the tournament are Green River, Douglas, Riverton and Rawlins.

Riverton sweep

In the opener on Saturday on the road, Leif Krumland saved the day for the Raiders with his relief pitching performance.

Baylor Beers was pulled early on the mound after a shaky performance.

Krumland went 139 pitches in almost six innings of work.

"Leif was a large help for us in that game," manager Beers said.

In the nightcap, Baylor Beers recorded eight strikeouts in the win. Riverton was in complete control from start to finish.

Riverton scored two runs in the first inning, one run in the second and put together 13 runs in the fourth through sixth innings.

"It was great to come out and jump on the team instead of playing from behind, " Beers said.

The top hitters in the doubleheader sweep were Brayden Draper, Krumland and Beers.

"Those three drove in a ton of runs," manager Beers said. "Everybody on the team had a hit on Saturday."

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