Jun 11, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorRiverton's new ace shut out Powell in a five-inning affair.
It's been a pretty good week for Brodie Roden.
Last Sunday, Roden pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings and hit a grand slam in propelling his Riverton Raiders teammates to victory in the Roy Peck Invitational.
In Green River on Monday, he homered again as part of a doubleheader sweep against the conference opponent Knights.
Finally, on Friday as the Raiders hosted Powell in another pair of league contests, Roden once again took the ball as Riverton's starter and was masterful in hurling a no-hitter against the Pioneers, as the Raiders vanquished the visitors by a scoreline of 10-0.
After a scoreless opening frame for both sides, the Raiders struck for three runs in their half of the second inning.
Dillon Fabricus drew a walk and scored on a Jaren Draper single to center to open the scoring.
Matt Fisher then drove home Draper with a base hit, before Roden hit a sacrifice fly which plated Dillon Lassiter, who had walked and it was 3-0 in Riverton's favor.
Another three runs in the third for the Raiders effectively killed the game off, as Roden was dealing on the mound, as only a pair of bases-on-balls prevented a perfect game.
Cody Frazier worked a 3-2 count, the singled to left, which brought up Alex Fabricus, who doubled, leaving runners at second and third for Josiah Washington, who walked to load the bases.
Dillon Fabricus was then hit by a pitch to force home a run, before the home side added another two runs with the help of a pair of Powell errors.
Another four runs across the next two innings and the game was called after five due to the 10-run rule.
Frazier was 3-for-4 to lead Riverton at the plate, while Alex Fabricus and Roden each drove in a pair of runs.
Riverton 13, Powell 1
On Saturday, the Raiders followed up their victory the previous day with another dominant performance, this time putting the Pioneers to the sword after only four frames by a score of 13-1.
Riverton's offense wasted no time in jumping all over the visitors in the bottom of the first.
Roden walked to lead off, followed by a Frazier free pass, which brought Washington to the plate, who lifted a fly ball to left, which was misplayed, allowing Roden to score and Frazier to advance to third.
Draper then continued his hot hitting with a double, plating Frazier and Washington.
Lassiter and Jereko Martinez added RBI singles, followed by Lassiter scoring on an error and the lead was 6-0.
On the mound, Draper and Dalton Baldes combined to allow the Pioneers only a single run.
Draper was 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Baldes and Lassiter each had a pair of hits and runs batted in.
Frazier reached base in all three of his plate appearances, with a double and two walks to go with a pair of RBI on the day.
According to Raiders manager Troy Brown, his current club's offense is a force to be reckoned with.
"I've only been a part of one other team in my life with an offense like this one, top to bottom and it was one I played for," said Brown. "It makes it very easy for me as a manager to make out a lineup."
Much of his squad's recent success has come down to pitching and defense, which are intertwined as far as he's concerned, he said.
"Our pitchers have simply been throwing strikes and letting their defense do the work," said Brown. "Brodie, along with Dalton and Matt have been pounding the strike zone."
Draper's recent resurgence coming off an injury sustained at the state track championships has also been a boon both at the plate and on the mound, he said.
"Jaren's really coming along as we've worked him back into the lineup," said Brown. "Having our track guys back has helped a great deal."
Another aspect of the Raiders' recent run has been the assistance provided by closing out opposing clubs early, which saves wear and tear on his pitching staff, he said.
"It's been a monster help," said Brown. "It cuts down on our innings and number of pitches, which helps build confidence all the way around, allowing our pitchers to stay within themselves."
Brown attributed much of his squad's early-season success to players off the B team roster, who have more-than-capably filled in seamlessly when starters have been missing due to injury or other obligations.
"For example, Brock Hinkle caught a great game for us today." he said. "Also, Dillon Lange, Kendric Muehler and Jereko Martinez have done a great job for us when they've been called upon. It really puts a smile on my face as a coach."
Not only now, but down the road, said Brown.
"These are the young guys who are going to be a part of the program in the future," he said. "I think they realize they have a chance to be a part of something special."
Brown also praised his players for the selfless approach they've taken all season.
"Nothing fazes this group," he said. "What they do is take a 'next-man-up' approach when someone struggles or is injured. It's a real feeling of family, team and unity."
Riverton (12-5, 4-2 A West) will face Jackson in a road doubleheader on Sunday in a non-conference matchup before returning home to Roy Peck Field to host league foes Lovell on Tuesday at 3 and 5 p.m.
Despite the fact the games in Jackson aren't conference contests, the mentality of his club remains the same, said Brown.
"Every game for us sends a message," he said. "We want to show people we're a good team that's always going to play well and stand strong."
Powell 0 0 0 0 0 x x -- 0
Riverton 0 3 3 1 3 x x -- 10
Powell - Queen, 0-2; Hackenberg, 0-2; Feller, 0-1; Washington, 0-2; N. Brown, 0-2; Wentz, 0-2; Cordes, 0-1; Schmidt, 0-2; J. Brown, 0-1.
Riverton - Roden, 1-3, 2 RBI; Frazier, 3-4, 2B, RBI; A. Fabricus, 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Washington, 1-3, RBI; D. Fabricus, 0-1, RBI; Draper, 1-2, RBI; Lassiter, 0-2; Lange, 0-0, 2 BB; Muehler, 0-0; Fisher, 1-3, RBI.
Powell 0 0 1 0 x x x -- 1
Riverton 6 3 4 0 x x x -- 13
Powell - Queen, 1-2; Hackenberg, 2-2; Feller, 0-0, BB; N.Brown, 0-2; Wentz, 0-2, RBI; Cordes, 0-2; Schmidt, 1-2; J. Brown, 0-1; Washington, 0-2.
Riverton - Roden, 2-4; Frazier, 1-1, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI; Washington, 1-3, RBI; D. Fabricus, 0-1; Draper, 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI; Baldes, 2-2, 2 RBI; Lassiter, 2-3, 2 RBI; Martinez, 1-2, RBI; Hinkle, 1-3.
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