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Raiders on short end of 23-14 game vs. Powell
Jul 2, 2013 - From staff reports
A Monday morning make-up game between Riverton and Powell turned into a scoring spree, but not on the strength of hard hitting.
Riverton sent 15 batters to first base on walks, and another five advanced after being hit by a pitch, while Powell had 10 batters pick up walks and a pair advance after being hit by an errant pitch.
Powell took the non-conference game 23-14.
The second half of the scheduled double-header was cancelled as three of Riverotn's players were scheduled to play in the Babe Ruth championship game at 6 p.m.
The Raiders don't have enough 16- to 18-year-olds to field a full Legion team and have had to draw players as young as 13 years old from the Babe Ruth baseball ranks this season
Powell and Riverton opened the game with three runs each in the first, but Powell jumped ahead in the second with six runs to take a dominant early lead.
Starting pitcher Ryan Axthelm left the game early in the second innin,g and Devin Matsen came to the mound and was able to get two outs and retire the side.
Powell added another six runs in the third inning as the bats came to life. Powell tallied 15 hits in the game, including doubles by Cory Heny, Hayden Cragoe and Frankie Vogt, and two triples coming from Heny and Vogt.
Cragoe's double came with the bases loaded in the second innings, and he tallied three RBI as his line shot bounced off the right field fence.
Riverton's Baylor Beers rapped a two-RBI triple in the third.
Riverton third baseman Delbert Wichelhaus had his best shot of the season in driving a long home run deep over the outfield fence with one runner on in the fifth.
With Powell threatening to end the game via the 10-run rule in the top of the seventh, Wichel-haus turned in an outstanding defensive effort at third base, catching a hot grounder and starting a double play that gave Riverton a final at bat in the seventh.
The game was played at Powell's request after the team was unable to fulfill a scheduled contest earlier in the season.
RIV 3 4 2 2 3 0 0 - 14 7 8
POW 3 6 6 1 2 2 3 - 23 15 3
Steven Reinig 0-2
Rusty Davis 0-5
Baylor Beers 2B, 3B 2-2
Ryan Axthelm 1B 1-3
Nate Hatfield 0-3
Delbert Wichelhaus HR 1-4
Josh Parker 0-1
Ridge McCoy 1B, 1-2
TJ Paulsen 0-2
Brayden Draper 0-1
Devin Matson 0-1
Andrew Von Rein 0-2
LP: Ryan Axthelm
Cory Heny 3B 1-5
Hayden Cragoe 2B 1-1
Frankie Vogt 2B, 3B 2-5
Gage Henderson 1B (3) 3-5
Brandon Phister 1B (4) 4-5
Grady Sanders 1B 1-4
Matt Sweet 0-1
Matt Brown 1B 1-5
Bucky Wetzel 1B 1-5
Dillon Nix 0-4
Jared Wantulok 0-5
WP: Jared Wantulok