May 31, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorRiverton's American Legion baseball club will welcome four teams to the annual wood bat event this weekend.
Beginning on Friday at Roy Peck Field in Riverton, the crack of the bat will be back -- at least temporarily.
The Riverton Raiders will host the annual Roy Peck Memorial Invitational tournament, an affair which has traditionally featured wood bats -- no aluminum or composite welcome.
Riverton currently sits at 4-4 on the young campaign, coming off a doubleheader sweep at home last weekend against perennial regional powerhouse Cody in the opening two games of A West conference play.
The Raiders have certainly had no issues hitting the ball so far this spring, featuring a team batting average of .312, along with a .462 on-base percentage.
Dalton Baldes leads the way atop the hitting charts, with a .478 average, closely followed by Cody Frazier (.421), Anthony Allen (.400), Dalton Lassiter (.400), Dillon Lange (.400), Dillon Fabricus (.381), Kendric Muehler (.333) and Alex Fabricus (.304).
Alex Fabricus leads the squad with two home runs, the only Raider to have left the yard this year, including a 350-foot blast to left-center against Cody, which provided the only Riverton run in Saturday's 7-1 defeat.
Josiah Washington leads the club with nine RBI, despite a .217 batting average, while Alex Fabricus has scored a team-leading 10 runs.
On the mound, Baldes is the only Riverton pitcher with more than one victory, currently carrying a 2-1 record, along with a 4.37 earned-run average.
Fellow starter Matt Fisher is 1-1 with a 3.76 ERA, while Dillon Fabricus is 1-0 with a 6.12 ERA on the season.
Riverton will open the tournament against the Casper "B" team on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a a game against Douglas on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Sunday's games will be determined by the results of pool play.
Other entrants in the field include Green River and Evanston, both of whom the Raiders have already beaten this season.
At their season-opening event in Green River, Riverton defeated the Knights, 10-3 and the Outlaws, 7-6, before returning home and sweeping Rawlins by scores of 10-4 and 12-2, respectively.
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