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Raiders go 1-2 on day one of tournament in Green River

Jun 17, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Riverton Raiders snapped a four-game American Legion baseball losing streak Saturday afternoon with a 17-2 win over the Green River junior varsity team in Sweetwater County.

Riverton lost to Price, Utah, 25-5 and to Evanston 5-0 on Friday in the first day of the Green River Invitational.

The Green River JV team was made up of Babe Ruth players.

"Saturday was the complete opposite than what Friday was for us," Riverton manager Brady Beers said.

"We were tired on Friday. They were really sluggish. They played like that. The second game was not the play that we strive to have with our team."

Riverton was swept by the Cody Cubs 9-3 and 13-3 Wednesday night in Park County.

The Raiders played Rangely, Colo., Saturday night.

"I want to try and compete with the Rangely team," Beers said. "They are one of the best teams in this tournament. Rangely is a very sound team.

They get to play high school baseball. That gives them an advantage on why they become very fundamentally sound. They have deep pitching, and they hit well."

Riverton will play Sunday for placing in the final game at Green River.

Green River tourney

Baylor Beers pitched for the Raiders in the win on Saturday. He went five innings for the victory.

"Our sticks came back for us on Saturday," coach Beers said. "We hit the ball all over the park."

In the loss to Evanston, Riverton started Leif Krumland on the mound. He struggled early on and was pulled early for Devin Matsen.

The right-hander came in with no outs in the top of the first inning. Krumland was charged with three of the runs.

"Devin is now starting to throw the ball pretty hard," Beers said. "That allows him to get the advantage on a lot of hitters."

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