Jun 27, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorGreen River is 2-0 in league play. Riverton is 0-1 in the Northeast division.
Green River Knights manager Stub Hatfield was concerned when his ace pitcher, Willie Zajic, threw more than 100 pitches well before the baseball game Wednesday between his team and the Riverton Raiders was over.
But Zajic kept going, eventually throwing 126 pitches in a 16-4 victory for Green River over the Raiders at Roy Peck Field. The game was Riverton's conference opener.
The contest was stopped in the seventh inning because of the 10-run rule.
Green River is 2-0 in league play. Riverton is 0-1 in the Northeast division.
Evanston has a 0-1 record in conference play.
"Willie has been tough all year long for us," Hatfield said.
"We have thrown Willie against every tough team that we have faced. When I need a pitcher, Willie is my man."
Zajic gave up 12 hits with nine strikeouts and issued four walks.
"When it got to be 109 pitches, I talked to him about taking him out," Hatfield said. "He told me that he was good to go."
Zajic ended the seventh inning with a pair of strikeouts against the Riverton batters.
"Willie is a thinking pitcher," Hatfield said. "You don't get many thinking pitchers at this level. He will change up on you and get somebody way out front."
Green River pounded out 18 hits.
"Green River has really good hitters," Riverton manager Brady Beers said. "That is what they make their money on."
Riverton plays Friday afternoon in a doubleheader at Lovell. The Raiders are 6-19 on the season. Green River is 19-11 overall. Lovell is 5-13.
"We are at a point where the guys need to decide to change the course of the season," Beers said.
Green River 16, Riverton 4
Riverton had control issues in the first inning against Green River's lineup.
The visiting team recorded three hits and scored five runs in the top of the first inning against starter Leif Krumland.
Krumland was pulled from the mound during the frame before Green River had three outs.
"We threw way too many balls in the first inning," Beers said. "We walked too many guys and gave them too many opportunities.
It caused us to put more pressure on our defense."
Devin Matsen pitched the second and third innings for the Raiders. "We came out hitting the ball," Hatfield said.
Green River added six more runs in the third inning. Josh Parker threw the final four innings for the home team.
"I almost wished that I would have started Josh on the mound," Beers said.
"He came out and did very well. It was a bright spot to see Josh do so well."
The best inning for Riverton was the third, when Josiah Washington and Andrew Von Rein had two-run singles.
Baylor Beers led Riverton with three hits. Steven Reinig and Von Rein had two hits apiece.
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