Jul 31, 2016 - By Scott Akanewich Sports EditorCody Frazier boomed a double and a triple with four runs batted in for Riverton's all-stars in a 13-5 victory.
Riverton's three-time defending state champions had nothing but pride to play for when they took the diamond for their final game in pool play at the Babe Ruth Pacific Northwest Tournament in Camas, Washington, on Saturday.
Following Friday's 9-2 defeat to South Washington, which eliminated any chance they had of advancing, Riverton came back to beat Idaho by a 13-5 score to finish the tourney with a 1-3 record.
The game was tied at 5-5 after five innings before Riverton put eight unanswered runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth to secure victory.
Peyton Rees and Kendric Muehler led off the frame with back-to-back singles before a Brock Hinkle walk loaded the bases.
Vincent Brown then reached on an error, allowing Rees to score, followed by an RBI single by Dillon Lange, followed by a bases-loaded walk drawn by Jereko Martinez to make the score 8-5.
After Brown scored on another error, Frazier lashed a triple to center, which scored three runs, as Lange, Jaren Draper and Martinez all circled the bases.
Frazier then scored on Idaho's third error of the inning to put the cherry on top.
Riverton managed only six hits on the game, but took advantage of sloppy defense and four bases-on-balls.
Frazier was the only Riverton player to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4, with a double, triple and four runs batted in, while Lange Draper, Rees and Muehler all had singles.
According to Riverton manager Jason Muehler, going out on a winning note was a good way to end the tournament.
"We were playing for each other today and the people who helped us get here," said Muehler. "We needed to battle."
Despite elimination, Muehler remained optimistic regarding the play of his club, he said.
"I know our guys can compete with anyone," he said. "We can definitely play at this level."
South Washington 9, Riverton 2
On Friday evening, Riverton stepped onto the field knowing they needed a pair of wins in their final two games of pool play to have any chance of moving on in the tournament.
Those hopes were quickly put to the sword as they were shut down on only two hits in a 9-2 defeat.
Rees and Lange were the only Riverton batters to hit safely, each banging out a single.
Riverton trailed 9-0 before pulling a pair of runs back in the top of the sixth to provide the final margin.
Idaho 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 -- 5
Riverton - 3 0 2 0 0 8 x -- 13
Idaho - Wilson, 1-4, RBI; Adams, 1-1; Thompson, 1-4, 2B; Chadwick, 1-3; Wolf, 1-2; Morris, 0-2; Squires, 0-2; Shears, 0-2; Buettner, 0-1; Alexander, 1-2; Carpenter, 0-0; Bean, 0-2.
Riverton - Lange, 1-3, RBI; Martinez, 0-2, RBI; Draper, 1-3, 2 RBI; Frazier, 2-4, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI; Fabricus, 0-2; Rees, 1-3, RBI; Muehler, 1-4; Lucas, 0-1; Hinkle, 0-2; Leach, 0-1; Pereda, 0-0; Brown, 0-1; Friday, 0-0.
Riverton 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 -- 2
South Washington 0 2 4 1 2 0 x -- 9
Riverton - Lange, 1-4; Martinez, 0-4; Draper, 0-2; Frazier, 0-3; Fabricus, 0-2, RBI; Rees, 1-3, RBI; Muehler, 0-2; Friday, 0-2; Lucas, 0-1; Brown, 0-2; Leach, 0-1.
South Washington - Childers, 2-4; rank, 2-4, 2 RBI; hamilton, 0-3; Grotte, 0-1; lauderdale, 1-3, RBI; Sherertz, 0-2; Brady, 1-3, 2 RBI; Rumble, 2-2, RBI; Metler, 0-2; Kuzmovich, 0-1.
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