Jun 11, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Riverton Raiders blasted the Rawlins Generals 14-3 to finish third Sunday on the baseball diamond.
Riverton started off the baseball tournament Saturday morning losing to Rawlins 5-2. The key win for the Raiders was a 9-8 victory over Douglas on Saturday night.
The Douglas Cats edged Green River 2-1 in the title game in the final game of the tournament.
Green River eliminated the Raiders 18-10 from the championship on the second game of the day Sunday.
"We maintained a high level of play no matter what the score was or what time it was during the game," Riverton manager Brady Beers said. "We played at a high level both defensively and offensively. Everybody was just having a good time on the baseball field this weekend. It was a much better of level of play that we have been showing."
Douglas, Rawlins and Riverton all had 1-2 records from pool play in the two-day tournament.
Douglas won the tie-breaker system for the other spot in the title game.
"Douglas advanced because they gave up the least runs," Beers said. "I wasn't really surprised that Douglas won the championship game because Douglas had its ace on the mound."
Riverton next plays at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a doubleheader in Cody.
The Raiders play in a three-day tournament this weekend in Green River. Riverton starts the tournament at 10:30 a.m. Friday with Evanston in a non-conference game.
The Raiders return to the field at 5:30 p.m. Friday vs. Price, Utah.
In a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, Riverton plays Summit County, Colo. The Raiders end the tournament at 8:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Rangely, Colo.
The Raiders were in command in their second game on Sunday.
The big success for Riverton was scoring eight runs in the second inning and four more in the third inning.
"Rawlins is a much better team this year," Beers said. "We are right on par with them as long as we play well."
Devin Matsen picked up the victory on the mound for the Raiders.
He threw four innings while giving up two runs.
Nate Hatfield paced Riverton with three hits in the 11-run victory.
Riverton hit the ball well vs. Green River, but it wasn't enough.
Josiah Washington carried the Raiders at the plate with three hits.
The Green River game was stopped in the fourth inning because of the two-hour time limit ran out.
Green River was up 10-9 after the first three innings.
Green River scored eight runs in the fourth for the victory.
Green River had 15 hits. Riverton was charged with seven errors.
"We just ran out of pitchers against Green River because we had to have some pitchers for the Rawlins game," Beers said.
Get your copy of The Ranger online, every day! If you are a current print subscriber and want to also access dailyranger.com online (there is nothing more to purchase) including being able to download The Mining and Energy Edition, click here. Looking to start a new online subscription to dailyranger.com (even if it is for just one day)? Access our secure SSL encrypted server and start your subscription now by clicking here.