Jun 13, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorRiverton scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning and held on to beat the Giants, 7-6.
Monday's American Legion doubleheader between Riverton and Jackson wasn't a conference clash for either club, but don't tell that to the Raiders, who defeated the Giants by a final score of 7-6 in eight innings in the opener.
But just because it wasn't a league foe who was vanquished, as the Giants are a AA West squad, as opposed to Riverton's A West status, the significance of beating a perennial power on their own field is the latest step in what has been a renaissance for the Raiders this season.
Alex Fabricus was the hitting star for the visitors, going 3-for-5 with a double and a home run, good for three runs batted in on the day, as the Raiders jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Cody Frazier was 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored.
Brodie Roden led off the game with an infield single, then scored on a double by Cody Frazier to plate the game's first run.
Fabricus then stepped to the plate and sent a drive over the left-field fence on a 2-0 pitch for a two-run blast, his club-leading third of the season.
According to Riverton manager Troy Brown, Fabricus' blast set the tone for the game.
"It was huge for us," said Brown. "We came out swinging the bats well."
Dalton Lassiter then took the ball in the bottom of the first and proceeded to allow only one earned run over the course of his five innings of work.
However, the Raiders' starter was betrayed by errors which led to three unearned runs for the Giants and a 4-4 contest after five frames, Frazier having singled and scored on a double by Fabricus in the fourth.
The game remained deadlocked through seven innings, as Jereko Martinez and Matt Fisher held the Giants off the board, allowing their teammates to mount an assault in the top of the eighth.
Martinez began with a single on a pop-up to right, followed by a sacrifice by Kendric Muehler, advancing Martinez all the way to third.
Roden followed with a double, driving home Martinez with the go-ahead run, but the Raiders weren't done.
With still only one out, Frazier stepped in and lashed a base hit up the middle for another run, as Roden scored.
Finally, Lassiter walked with the bases loaded, forcing Frazier home, giving the Raiders a 7-4 lead.
However, the Giants still had three outs to work with and scored a pair of runs to make it a 7-6 game, before Josiah Washington slammed the door, getting the final two outs, striking out both batters he faced on only nine pitches.
"Josiah stepped up right there," said Brown. "He did really well."
Jackson 12, Riverton 2
In the second game, the home side recovered from extra-inning heartbreak in the opener to post a 12-2 victory.
The Raiders' pitching staff had been worn thin with their fourth game in three days and it showed, as Jackson scored 10 runs in the first inning.
Roden was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, while Dillon Fabricus added a pair of hits to lead the offense.
Although the loss ended Riverton's seven-game winning streak, Brown is pleased with how his club performed.
"We had a nice, successful run, which ended with a win against a good team in Jackson," he said. "It's a good standard to set."
As for his overall view of his squad at this point in the campaign, Brown isn't surprised at the heights his club has already scaled, he said.
"I feel like we're right where we should be," said Brown. "I had high hopes for this team when I saw the talent we have and as we continue to mature, we'll only get better."
Riverton (12-6, 4-2 A West) will return home to Roy Peck Field to host Lovell in a doubleheader on Tuesday at 3 and 5 p.m.
Riverton 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 -- 7
Jackson 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 -- 6
Riverton - Roden, 2-4, 2B, RBI; Frazier, 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI; A. Fabricus, 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI; Washington, 0-3; D. Fabricus, 1-3, 2B; Baldes, 0-4; Lange, 0-1; Fisher, 1-3; Martinez, 2-3; Muehler, 1-3.
Jackson - Hollingsworth, 1-4, 2B, RBI; Villa, 2-4; Fisher, 0-1, RBI; Campbell, 0-3; King, 1-4, 2 RBI; Fuez, 1-4; Bruno, 0-3, RBI; Christenson, 1-5, RBI; McHugh, 1-3.
Riverton - 0 0 2 0 0 x x -- 2
Jackson 10 0 0 0 2 x x -- 12
Riverton - Roden, 2-2, 2 2B; Frazier, 0-3; A. Fabricus, 1-3; Washington, 0-3; D. Fabricus, 2-3; Lassiter, 0-2; Hinkle, 0-1; Lange, 0-1; Muehler, 0-2.
Jackson - Hollingsworth, 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Villa, 2-3, 2 2B, RBI; Villa, 2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Campbell, 0-1; King, 0-2; Fuez, 0-3, RBI; Armigo, 1-1; Elligson, 0-1, RBI.
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