We just were fortunate to have balls fall for us. Getting some weakly hit flares drop can be frustrating for a real good team like Taylorsville, but we’ll take it. From there I think we just kept it going and it was a good sign. —Riverton coach Jay Applegate
TAYLORSVILLE — Riverton made a habit of outslugging opponents on the way to a deep run into the 5A state playoffs last season. Three games into the season this year, the team is still trying to figure out who they are, but certainly resembled last year’s team Thursday in a 12-5 win over perennial powerhouse Taylorsville.
The Silverwolves jumped on the Warriors early and often — doing their best work from the plate in the six-run top of the third inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, Mason Cook connected on a blooper to shallow right field — just over the outstretched glove of the Taylorsville first baseman for the first two runs of the inning.
“We just were fortunate to have balls fall for us,” said Riverton coach Jay Applegate. “Getting some weakly hit flares drop can be frustrating for a real good team like Taylorsville, but we’ll take it. From there I think we just kept it going and it was a good sign.”
Four more runs came to close out the top of the third inning as Riverton took a commanding 10-4 lead.
From there the pitchers and the defense took the lead — limiting the Warriors to just one run the rest of the way.
"Today we were able to try some new guys on the mound and I liked a lot of what I saw out there," Applegate said. "It's real early and we're still working things and figuring out who needs to play and where."
Leading the way for Riverton on the mound was starter Trevar Bradley, who settled down to get some good outs after a four-run Warrior bottom of the second inning.
Bradley also contributed a run and an RBI.
Trevor Peterson got the scoring going for the Silverwolves with a big two RBI double in the top of the second inning and finished with three RBIs on the afternoon.
"This was a real good win for us," Applegate said. "Taylorsville is a great program and always has great teams. They're still figuring stuff out like we are, I'm sure, but this is a good win. We'll take a lot of good things away from this."
With the win, Riverton improves to 2-1 on the early season and will next take on Lehi in a three-game series. Taylorsville drops to 3-3 with the loss and will take on Hunter in its own three-game series starting next Wednesday.