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Parker hurls gem for Raiders in Friday victory over Lovell

Jun 30, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Josh Parker pitched the Riverton Raiders to a 5-4 American Legion baseball victory Friday afternoon in Lovell.

Lovell came back to split the doubleheader 14-4 in the second game.

In the victory for Riverton, Parker threw 94 pitches over seven innings. The right-hander stuck out seven batters and walked one. The Raiders are 7-19 on the year. Riverton suffered a 16-4 loss to Green River on Wednesday.

"It was big for us to get a win," Riverton manager Brady Beers said. "We played very well in that first game."

Riverton hosts Powell at 10:30 a.m. Monday in a doubleheader at Roy Peck Field.

The Raiders face Evanston Tuesday in a nine-inning conference game in Riverton.

"The Evanston game is an important one," Beers said. "We need to come out and be competitive with Evanston. We need to generate more offense against Evanston than when we played them last."

Lovell doubleheader

The first game of the doubleheader was tight from the start.

Lovell had a 4-3 lead going into the sixth inning.

"Josh challenged every batter in the strike zone," Beers said. "He gave our defense a way to perform like the should have."

In the sixth, Riverton's Baylor Beers knocked in two runs with a single to the outfield.

"Our bats came alive toward the end of the game," coach Beers said.

In the nightcap, Baylor Beers and Andrew Von Rein couldn't keep Lovell away from home plate. Lovell was up 3-0 and extended it to 6-1 against the Raiders.

"Lovell turned the bats on in the second game," coach Beers said.

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