GILLETTE, Wyo.--The Gillette Roughriders started out Tuesday night's game against the Westco Zephyrs of Scottsbluff by scoring a run in each of the first three innings of the game. However, the Zephyrs bats came alive in the top of the seventh inning. Westco scored four runs in their half of the inning. The Riders couldn't tie it up as they fell 4-3 and are now 20-22 on the season.
Kadison Wass, Andrew Youngs and Tanner Rogen all came in to score for the Riders in the early innings of the game and seemed to be in control for most of the contest. Starting pitcher Zach Donahoo had four innings in a row in which he only faced three batters in those innings.
Donahoo had a great start in the top of the seventh as well. He struck out the first batter he faced. After that, trouble came for the Riders. After two doubles and a single by the Zephyrs, Donahoo was taken out. Cody Eaton and Wass both made appearances on the mound in the seventh, but the Zephyrs hit two more singles and a double that helped bring in those four runs.
The Riders weren't able to muster enough offense to come back and tie it.
A bright spot for Gillette was Tyler Tennant. In his first game of the season, Tennant went 4-5 with three singles and a double.
Ty Benson got the win for the Zephyrs.
The Riders host the Hladky Memorial Tournament on Thursday through Sunday. Six teams come to town to participate in the tournament with the Riders. Gillette's first game is Thursday against Grandview, Colo. First pitch is set for 7:30pm. You can hear the game on News Talk 1270 KIML and online at https://www.network1sports.com/station/kiml.