Jul 16, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Lovell Mustangs won a 4-2 victory over the Riverton Raiders Sunday in the final day of the American Legion baseball tournament in Douglas.
The tournament was played with wooden bats.
Riverton went 1-2 in Douglas.
The win was a 12-6 victory Saturday over Green River for the Raiders.
Delbert Wichelhaus hit a grand slam home run for Riverton vs. Green River.
"We have moved a step in the right direction as far as playing as a team and not giving up halfway through the game when things aren't going our way," Riverton manager Brady Beers said. "We have made drastic improvements on our defense over the last week. Our error total is down remarkably. That has allowed us to stay in games a lot longer."
Riverton was 0-4 against Green River before the victory on Saturday.
"That was a big moment for us," Beers said. "We were pretty excited. It was a heck of game that Ryan Axthelm threw for us."
The Raiders lost to Douglas 7-0 on Friday to start the tournament. The Raiders are now 9-28 on the season.
Riverton plays Wednesday night in a doubleheader at Powell.
The Raiders face Green River again Friday in nine-inning conference game on the road.
Riverton ends the regular season at 5 p.m. Saturday vs. the Casper Drillers at Roy Peck Field.
Lovell 4, Riverton 2
The Raiders scored one in the bottom of the first inning against Lovell starter Dylan Pickett.
Lovell took the lead for good in the top of the second with three runs. Lovell crossed home plate one more in the third inning for the 4-1 lead.
Riverton put together one run in the seventh inning to make it a two-run game.
Riverton outhit Lovell 8-5 in the loss.
Riverton's Baylor Beers had three hits.
Ryan Axthelm had two hits, and Andrew Von Rein finished with one.
Devin Matsen pitched five innings. Beers went two innings in the loss.
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