Jul 2, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorRiverton closed out the visiting Cats via the 10-run rule as Cody Frazier drove in four runs.
When the Riverton American Legion baseball club chose new uniform colors this season, the team eschewed Oakland A's green-and-gold for Riverton red.
However, the scorelines this season have suggested a switch to the silver-and black of their East Bay's gridiron namesakes might have been more appropriate, with the latest example a 17-0 home win Thursday over Douglas at Roy Peck Field.
Just win, baby -- and the Raiders have this spring -- with an offense capable at putting up double-digits runs at the drop of a hat.
Cody Frazier drove in four runs, while Dalton Baldes chased a trio of teammates home. Kyren Higgs, Alex Fabricus, Dillon Fabricus and Jaren Draper each added a pair of runs batted in.
But, the 17 Riverton runs was only half the story.
Matt Fisher pitched a shutout in limiting the Cats to only two hits over the course of a 69-pitch outing, striking out five in as many innings of work before the game was called due to the 10-run rule.
The Raiders' potent offense struck quickly and decisively against Douglas starter Alex Howell, who allowed 16 runs on eight hits to go with eight bases-on-balls.
Brodie Roden was once again the spark plug igniting the Raiders order, beginning with a single to left.
Higgs and Frazier walked to load the bases for Alex Fabricus, who drew the third consecutive free pass, but not before Roden stole home for the game's first run.
At that point, the proceedings could have been halted, as Roden's theft of the dish ended up being all the offense the home side needed on this day.
Still, they played on, and Riverton scored another five in the frame, highlighted by RBI singles from Higgs and Josiah Washington, to make it 6-0 after one.
The remainder of the game was academic, as the Raiders kept piling on the runs with the benefit of only a single extra-base hit, an Alex Fabricus double in the fourth, when the final six Riverton markers crossed the plate. It was curtains for the Cats.
Fisher retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, punctuating his strong effort with a punchout to put the visitors out of their misery.
According to Raiders manager Troy Brown, blowouts need not be useless exercises.
"What we do is ride the kids to not be complacent in situations like that," said Brown. "It allows us the chance to work on things in live-game situations which can't be simulated in practice."
As for Fisher's effort, Brown is pleased to have cemented another starter he can depend on down the stretch.
"Matt's pitched three really good games in a row now," said Brown. "He's certainly solidified his spot in our rotation."
Riverton (22-13, 8-6 A West) will next travel to Billings, Montana, for a tournament Thursday and Friday before returning home to host Sheridan in a non-conference doubleheader Sunday, July 11.
An entire week off at this point in the season isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it might be exactly what the doctor ordered for his club, said Brown.
"I equate this to the all-star break at the major-league level, when guys have five days to rest up," he said, "especially with the run of games we've had the past couple weeks. We'll get to heal up and be back at practice on Wednesday."
Douglas 0 0 0 0 0 x x -- 0
Riverton 6 5 0 6 x x x -- 17
Douglas - Bobrowski, 1-2; DeLuna, 0-1; Barker, 1-1; Shelver, 0-2; Ollie, 0-2; Brooks, 0-2; Robles, 0-2.
Riverton - Roden, 1-3; Higgs, 1-2, 2 RBI; Frazier, 1-2, 4 RBI; A. Fabricus, 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Washington, 1-3, 2 RBI; D. Fabricus, 1-3, 2 RBI; Draper, 0-2; Baldes, 3-4, 3 RBI; Lassiter, 0-2.
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