News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Raiders wrapping up regular season with trio this weekend
Jul 19, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Riverton Raiders complete their American Legion baseball regular season with three games in two days.
The stretch started with the final conference game of the year Friday afternoon in Green River. Riverton already is assured the third seed for the district tournament next week in Laramie.
Riverton is 0-3 in conference play. Green River is 3-0. Evanston is 2-2 in the league standings.
"It's important that we win the game Friday to carry momentum into Saturday," Riverton manager Brady Beers said.
Riverton beat Green River 12-6 earlier in a non-conference game.
The Raiders play at 5 p.m. Saturday to finish the regular season with a doubleheader against the Casper Drillers.
The doubleheader will be called "Beat the Beast" night. The money raised from the concession stands will go to local cancer organizations.
"We will wear special uniforms for the game," Beers said.
Riverton's Delbert Wichelhaus will be playing the final home game of his career. He is the only player to be aged out for the Raiders.
Wichelhaus hit a grand slam against Green River in the six-run victory.
"Delbert's hitting has improved over the past couple of months," Beers said.
Wichelhaus plays third base.
The Powell Pioneers swept the Raiders 11-1 and 18-8 in a doubleheader Wednesday night in Powell.
"We played really tired in the first game with Powell," Beers said. "In the second game, we played better."
In the second game, Baylor Beers had a three-run double. Ryan Axthelm hit a two-run homer over the left field fence.
"We hit the ball much better in the second game," Beers said.