GREEN RIVER – The Green River American Legion baseball team took care of business on Sunday in sweeping the Rawlins Generals in a two-game doubleheader at Stratton Meyers Park. To say the Knights have turned their season around would be an understatement. These two victories extend Green River’s winning streak to eight straight as the team has yet to drop a single game since June 6. In the process, Green River has outscored its opponents 97-13. In Sunday’s doubleheader, Rawlins did its best to knock the Knights off their high horse, but nothing seemed to work. Three innings into the first game, Green River closed things out with a dominating 21-3 victory. Entering the second game, Rawlins tried to even the series, but the Knights’ firepower proved to be too much for the Generals to handle. After only five innings, Green River wrapped up Sunday’s festivities with a 16-2 victory. In the bottom of the first inning with only one out, Branson Barton got the bats going for the Knights. After two pitches, Barton singled to give Green River its first runner on. Korbin Serrano then smashed a line drive double out right field, bringing in Barton for the first run. Serrano showed off his talents in the batters box, but also on the mound. Through two innings, Serrano had yet to give up a single hit and only one walk. It wasn’t until the bottom of the second when things began to go sideways for the Generals. With two runners on and no outs, Isaac Ruiz extended the Knights’ lead to 2-0. After hitting a line drive to the Rawlins shortstop, Ruiz reached base on an error. This allowed Broox Riley to score and send Jacob Martinez all the way to third base. Two batters later with only one out, Joe Schultz started off his amazing day with a hard-hit single to left field. This allowed both Martinez and Ruiz to score, giving Green River a comfortable 4-0 lead. Schultz quickly stole third base and later scored after an error the Generals pitcher. This would be the final run of the inning, but it was enough to give the Knights a 5-0 lead going into the top of the third inning. With Serrano still on the mound, it wasn’t long before the Knights were back on offense. Following three-straight strikeouts, Green River looked to add to its lead. With the bases loaded and only one out, Martinez quickly stole home, extending Green River’s lead to 6-0. A few pitches later, Shultz continued his day with another single, allowing Jace Griffiths and Quinten Liebelt to advance home. Two batters later, Schultz stole home, giving his team a nine-run lead. With Serrano still at the plate, Korbin hit a ground ball single, driving in Barton for a 10-0 lead. With two outs and the bases loaded, the Rawlins pitcher hit Martinez, allowing Serrano to score the final run of the inning. With an 11-run lead going into the top of the fourth, Liebelt replaced Serrano on the mound. After four at bats, Rawlins squeezed out a single before Liebelt quickly ended the inning with a strikeout and two ground outs. Going into the bottom of the fifth with a double-digit lead, Green River continued to find success at the plate. With only one out and the bases loaded, Marcos Molina was walked. At the next at bat, Dom Knunkle smashed a single to left field. This allowed Barton to score from third and push the lead to 13-0. Riley kept the runs flowing for the Knights. After grounding out for only the second out, Riley’s hit allowed Michael Richardson to score the third run of the inning. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, Griffiths singled on a ground ball, and Knuckle scored. With the lead at 15-0, Liebelt drove in Riley for Green River’s final run of the day. In the top of the fifth, Liebelt did his best to carry over his success, but Rawlins had other plans. Liebelt hit a batter with the bases loaded, giving the Generals their first run. However, Liebelt quickly dialed in and struck out his next batter. With only one out and the bases still loaded, the Knights ended the inning with a double play, but not before giving up one more run. A Rawlins player stole home, bringing the final score to 16-2. Up next, Green River will look to keep its momentum alive when the team travels to Powell on Thursday, June 20, for a conference doubleheader against the Pioneers. Thursday’s games are set to start at 3 and 5 p.m.
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