Raiders sweep Knights on roadJun 7, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Brodie Roden continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with a home run in a 13-3 Riverton win against Green River.
After winning their home tournament at the Roy Peck Invitational over the weekend, the Riverton Raiders packed away their wood bats as they hit the road to Green River for a doubleheader against the Knights on Monday.
However, the torrid offense which was on display in winning three of four during the tourney at Roy Peck Field followed them west across Interstate 80 regardless of what their weapons of war were made of.
Not the least of which was leadoff man and center fielder Brodie Roden, who followed up his championship game-winning grand slam against Douglas on Sunday with a solo blast in the top of the sixth inning in a 13-3 Riverton victory in the nightcap of the twinbill as part of a 3-for-4 game at the plate.
Alex Fabricus and Josiah Washington also had three hits apiece for the Raiders, along with Cody Frazier and Jaren Draper each contributing a double to the cause in a 13-hit attack.
Draper added a sacrifice fly and had three runs batted in.
Riverton jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first, as Frazier doubled, then came around to score on a Washington double, followed by a Dillon Fabricus RBI groundout which drove home Alex Fabricus, who had singled.
Draper then lifted a 3-2 pitch to left field which was misplayed for an error, allowing Washington to cross the plate for a 3-0 Riverton lead.
With the contest being the Raiders' sixth game in four days, the pitching staff was stretched a bit thin, meaning a committee approach was required, with four different hurlers taking a turn on the mound.
Dillon Fabricus (1 2/3 innings, 29 pitches), Dillon Lange (2 1/3, 22), Washington (one, 16) and Draper (one, 32) combined to allow the Knights only three runs on four hits in a game which ended via the mercy rule after six innings.
The eventual game-winning runs scored on Draper's double in the top of the third, which chased home Alex Fabricus and Washington.
Riverton 13, Green River 2
In the opener, it was Riverton starter Dalton Baldes who stole the show, pitching a three-hit, complete-game victory, striking out four on 93 pitches.
However, as accurate as he was on the mound, the lanky Baldes was just as prolific at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and a run batted in.
According to Raiders manager Troy Brown, Baldes did a good job of simply staying within himself.
"Dalton was nice and fluid in his delivery," said Brown. "He didn't try to overthrow, which allowed him to have command of all his pitches."
Alex Fabricus did the most damage of any Raider bat, with a 3-for-5 effort of his own in the number three hole in the Riverton lineup, including a triple and three RBI on the day.
Slick-fielding third baseman Frazier did a fine job in front of Alex Fabricus, reaching base in five of six plate appearances, including four bases-on-balls and a single, scoring three runs in the process.
Brown praised Frazier's patience at the plate.
"Cody's not hitting he way he wants to right now," he said. "But, he's seeing a lot of pitches up there."
Draper bashed a pair of doubles as part of a 2-for-3 performance, scored twice and drove in three runs.
Despite Baldes' limiting Green River offensively, it remained a close game at 4-2 entering the sixth inning.
But, the Raiders put six runs on the board in the sixth and another three in the seventh to salt away victory, their fourth consecutive win.
After recent defensive struggles, the Raiders committed only one error over the course of both games, which pleased Brown.
"I think the guys are just relaxing more in the field now," said Brown. "We're not compounding mistakes."
Evening their conference record is a big step in the right direction on the road the Raiders wish to go down this season, said Brown.
"It was really big for us," he said. "Our goal is to win as many conference games as we can, which will get us a better seed at the state tournament."
Riverton (9-5, 2-2 A West) will return home to face Powell in a doubleheader at Roy Peck Field on Friday with games at 3 and 5 p.m.
Player of the day
Alex Fabricus combined to go 6-for-8, with a double, triple and five runs batted in, reaching base safely in eight of his 10 plate appearances.
Riverton 3 0 2 3 0 5 x -- 13
Green River 0 1 0 0 0 2 x -- 3
Riverton - Roden, 3-4, HR, RBI; Frazier, 1-4; A. Fabricus, 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Washington, 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI; D. Fabricus, 0-1, RBI; Lange, 0-2; Draper, 1-3, 2B, 3 RBI; Lassiter, 0-3; Fisher, 0-2; Hinkle, 2-4, RBI.
Green River - Munoz, 0-2; Taylor, 0-3; Gelinas, 1-2; Kelly, 0-3; Beutel, 1-2; Taliaferro, 0-3; Sturlaugson, 1-1.
Riverton 0 1 2 1 0 6 3 -- 13
Green River 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 -- 2
Riverton - Roden, 1-6, 2B, RBI; Frazier, 1-3, 4 BB; A. Fabricus, 3-5, 3B, 3 RBI; Washington, 2-5, 2B, RBI; D. Fabricus, 0-2, 3 BB; Draper, 2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Baldes, 3-5, 2B, RBI; Lassiter, 0-4; Fisher, 1-4, 2 RBI.
Green River - Kelly, 1-3; Munoz, 1-2; Hopkins, 0-3; Gelinas, 1-3, 2B, RBI; Jensen, 0-3, RBI; Beutel, 0-2; Taliaferro, 0-3; Sturlaugson, 0-3; Bowen, 0-2.