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Raiders lose DH in conference opener

Submitted by Sports on June 1, 2011 – 9:07 amNo Comment

Riverton: The Riverton Raiders finally got back to Legion baseball Tuesday night with a DH scheduled against the Cody Cubs. Both teams were coming into the game with not much practice time in the last ten days due to weather, and also both coming in looking to start off the week with a couple of much needed wins.

For the Raiders things would start out very well in the first game with Johnny Souza on the mound and cruising along through the first 4 innings holding the Cubs to just 1 hit and 3 strikeouts. The Raiders plated the first run in the 3rd inning when Brady Beers singled and advanced to 2nd on a single by Shawn Rivera and Jonny Souza would load the bases when he was hit (the first of two times on the night) by a pitch. Nick Esposito would drive in Beers on  sacrifice to give the Raiders the 1-0 lead.

The Cubs would come back in the top of the fifth with 2 runs, on 2 hits and an error and a wild pitch. The Raiders came back though and scored 4 runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-2 lead going into the sixth.

The Cody team would keep clawing it’s way back into the game plating two runs in the 6th and 1 to tie it in the 7th to send the game to xtra innings before finally winning the game 7-5 in the 9th.

Johnny Souza just couldn’t get the help he needed after a great performance on the mound going 8 innings and giving up 12 hits, 7 runs , 5 earned, walking 2 and striking out 5. He threw 116 pitches and on the night, and threw 71.8% first pitch strikes.

The Cody Cubs came out strong in the 1st inning of the second game jumping out to a 3-1 lead and then scoring 7 more runs in the 3rd and 2 in the 4th and 1 in the fifth to shut down the Raiders 13-1 in 5 innings.

The Raiders only managed 4 hits and 1 run off Taylor Hubbell in the second game. Hubbell also struck out 9 batters in the shortened game.

Next up for the Raiders will be the Roy Peck Wood Bat Tournament this weekend.

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