Jun 20, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorRiverton's Matt Fisher pitched a shutout and Brodie Roden hit a three-run homer in an 11-0 win over the hosts in the championship game of the Knights Invitational.
Matt Fisher came to the rescue of his Riverton Raiders teammates in a 6-4 semifinal victory against Evanston by donning catcher's gear and setting up shop behind home plate Saturday at the Knights Invitational in Green River.
In the championship game on Sunday, he swapped one end of the battery for the other and put in another workmanlike shift 60 feet, 6 inches away, pitching a three-hit shutout in an 11-0 win against host Green River, helping secure the tournament title in the process.
Fisher needed only 85 pitches over six innings, striking out five, while walking just one.
According to Riverton manager Troy Brown, it was Fisher's nasty curveball which had the Knights befuddled.
"Matt's curve was working really well," said Brown. "The bottom was dropping out of his 12-to-6 and had them off-balance to the point of not knowing what to swing at."
On the offensive side for the Raiders, Brodie Roden continued his power surge with his third home run of the season, a three-run blast in the fifth inning to put the game away as part of a five-run frame.
Roden's superb blend of speed and power isn't overlooked or taken for granted by Brown, he said.
"It's certainly a nice luxury to have," said Brown. "Early on, we were struggling at the plate."
However, even when his club is forced to manufacture runs until the bats heat up, they're more than capable of scratching runs across regardless, he said.
"We get guys on, over and in on ground balls and sacrifice flies until we can kick it in gear," said Brown. "It's what I like to call team runs."
Riverton did exactly that, drawing the first blood of the contest in the top of the second when Dillon Fabricus doubled, then scored on a Dalton Lassiter sacrifice fly after Dalton Baldes had advanced him to third with a groundout.
At that point, the game effectively was over. Fisher was masterful in bamboozling the Knights all afternoon on the mound and also was full-service, going 2-for-3 at the plate on the day.
Roden singled to open the third and was plated by an Alex Fabricus sacrifice fly, making it 2-0 before Dillon Fabricus drove home Cody Frazier, who had singled, for a 3-0 advantage.
Finally, the Raiders piled on with the five-run fifth before adding another pair in the sixth.
Dillon Fabricus was 3-for-4 with three runs batted in for the visitors.
Riverton (17-7, 5-3 A West) will next travel to Sheridan for a doubleheader against the Troopers on Tuesday.
Riverton 0 1 2 1 5 2 x -- 11
Green River 0 0 0 0 0 0 x -- 0
Riverton - Roden, 2-4, HR, 3 RBI; Higgs, 0-2; Frazier, 2-3, 2B; A. Fabricus, 1-2, 2B, RBI; Washington, 0-3; D. Fabricus, 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Baldes, 1-4, RBI; Lassiter, 2-3, 2B, RBI; Fisher, 2-3, RBI.
Green River - Kelly, 1-3; Jensen, 0-3; Hopkins, 1-2; Gelinas, 1-3; Munoz, 0-3; Ebert, 0-3; Beutel, 0-2; Taliafero, 0-1; Schulz, 0-2.
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