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July 2-5 At Rapid City Firecracker Tournament
July 8 at Laramie 3&5 pm
July 10-12 At Phil Brown Tournament- Jamestown ND
June 30 vs. Douglas 5:00/7:00 pm
July 1 vs. Miles City 12:00/2:00 pm
July 3-5 vs. Hargens/Leisy Tournament
July 10-12 at Cody WY Tournament
July 2-5 at Bozeman MT Tournament
July 7 vs. Casper Krush 5&7 pm
July 8 at Casper 5&7 pm
July 9 at Sheridan 3:00/5:00 pm
July 11-12 at Rapid City Tournament
July 1 vs. Douglas 5:00/7:00
July 2 at Casper 5:00/7:00
July 6 vs. Casper 5:00/7:00
July 10-12 TOURNEY ON TURF- Gillette WY
Lewis to become a Lancer
Riders senior outfielder Kaleb Lewis will sign a letter of intent to play baseball collegiately at Mount Marty College, in Yankton SD. Mount Marty is an NAIA school which competes in the GPAC Conference. They were off to a 15-5 start in 2020, before their season was cut short due to Covid-19. Mount Marty is managed by long-time skipper Andy Bernatow who just completed his 15th year coaching the Lancers. Bernatow holds the school record for career wins with 340 and has coached 152 Academic All-Conference Players during his time. Lewis becomes the 54th Rider under Coach Perleberg to advance to the collegiate ranks.
Coach Bernatow on Lewis:
“We’re excited to receive a commitment from a player of Kaleb Lewis’ caliber. It is also a great feeling to have a player from the Gillette program come to Mount Marty. I was able to watch Gillette play last summer in Sioux Falls and walked away impressed with the talent they had on the field. It was evident the quality of coaching that the players were receiving. Kaleb stood out as a player that we wanted. He displayed athleticism and his swing has potential to hit at the college level. I am going to enjoy watching him hit the ball in the future years to come. He has one of those left handed swings that any baseball coach or enthusiast loves to watch.”
Kaleb has played all the way through the ranks in the Riders program, joining the program as a 7th grader in 2015. He is a 3-year starter at the Varsity level, as a starting outfielder. In 2018 as a sophomore, Lewis helped lead the Riders to a Wyoming State Runner Up finish. He hit .327 in 82 games, with 81 hits, 54 RBI, and 61 runs scored. These numbers helped Lewis earn honors to the 2018 Wyoming All-State Team. Last season, Lewis was a key piece for a Riders team that finished a remarkable 62-20 overall. Despite missing nearly 20 games with a knee injury, Lewis hit .327 with 46 RBI and had a .465 On Base%.
Coach Perleberg on Lewis:
“Kaleb is very special to me and I’m so proud of the young man he’s become. I noticed very early on coaching Lewie that his competitive juices were similar to mine. You either compete at things, or you don’t. It’s something that is very difficult to teach and Lewie flat out competes. Secondly, he has a work ethic that is unparalleled by many. He has worked very hard on and off the field to get to this point. This work ethic will carry him through life in whatever he chooses to do. As far as baseball skills, Kaleb has some serious talent with his bat. He has the ability to drive the ball to all parts of the field with power. His ceiling is very high as a hitter due to his overall skill, work ethic, and physicality. I expect Kaleb to be a great player for the next 4 years in Coach Bernatow’s program.”
Kaleb will graduate this May from Thunder Basin High School with a 3.8 GPA. He is planning to major in a Science field at Mount Marty. He is the son of Sara Bridges, and also guardians Suejon and Tony Deimling. The Riders family is extremely proud of Kaleb and his accomplishments both on and off the field.
COVID-19 Update March 30, 2020
Riders Baseball Family,
We have been mandated by Wyoming American Legion Baseball Commissioner Cody Beers to extend our shut down of Riders Baseball operations until April 19th. This means no practice, no games, no team meetings, no coaches working with players, etc. Our Indoor Facility will continue to be closed to all and we ask for players to continue doing their individual workouts at home or find a park or field where you can safely social distance. No one wants to get back to baseball more than me, but at this point in time our players and community’s health is our number 1 concern. Coaches will be in contact weekly via text to send out individual work-out plans to every player in our program.
Casino Night: As for Casino Night tickets, please continue selling them to friends and family. Regardless of when our season starts, we will have our 2020 Casino Night at some point. Please prepare to have them sold by the April 27th date as originally planned.
Schedule: As of now, all games are cancelled up to April 19. We will continue to re-evaluate our game schedules and add games to our summer schedule. Our summer schedule may be jam packed with baseball when this finally clears, but I don’t think anyone will complain about that. :)
Parents: Please ensure that your children are staying healthy and practicing healthy lifestyle habits. Limit social media/tv/video game time and make sure they are not staying up all night and sleeping all day! As we move into remote learning, please encourage your children to give a good effort and do their part. As a teacher, I have no idea how this will look, but I know it helps having positive parents and students working together. As for baseball, please encourage or even help them do their workouts and help keep them in a positive mindset. This can be a very difficult time when something they love so dearly and have prepared for all year long is suddenly stripped away from them.
I remain hopeful and optimistic that this in time will pass and we will have a 2020 season. The hardest part for all of us is being away from our Riders Baseball family. I miss our players and coaches dearly and can’t wait to get back on the diamond. Until then, please remain safe and healthy and Go Riders!
From the desk of Coach Perleberg
Covid update 3/23/20
Riders Baseball fans, I want to thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate through uncharted waters. No one wants to get back on the diamond more than me. I miss our guys dearly. I’ve had a few questions lately and figured this would be a good way to get the word out…
How long will we be out of baseball? That is the million dollar question. I do know that our American Legion National headquarters in Indianapolis is evaluating the situation every 2 weeks. I will continue to post updates when we hear from them. I do know that they are very optimistic that we will have a season at some point.
Will this affect our game schedules? I think at this point we can assume that part of our early season schedule will be affected. However, one reason for playing so many games in our season is in case of rainouts, snow, and now this virus. I have already started looking at possibilities to beef up our summer schedules even more in the case that our season gets condensed and we miss out on some spring games. I can assure you that I will work hard to make sure our teams have adequate schedules when we do start back up.
How will player fees be impacted? At this point we need to see how much of our season is impacted. I do know that our board is meeting frequently and will monitor this. Where we live we could potentially lose 15-20 games every year just due to weather. At this point in time we just need to see how much of our season is impacted.
Do I still need to fundraise and sell Casino Night tickets? Yes, our seasons year in and year out are dependent upon our community and sponsors and donations. This year no doubt will be more difficult to raise money but one thing that I know about Gillette is our people will find a way to help. As for Casino Night, a decision will made at our April 6th board meeting as to the status of the May 1st event. At this point we will look at all options but we will be having the 2020 Casino Night fundraiser at some point. So please plan on selling all your tickets by the April 27 deadline.
When will the field be open again for players? Our hands are tied here because we have been mandated to shut down to all baseball activities. As soon as we can open, we will let everyone know. As for now, coaches will stay in contact with players as far as things to do at home to stay ready. Please encourage your players at home to have a daily routine and do their part in staying healthy and baseball ready.
I am remaining positive and optimistic that this will in time pass and we will have a great summer. It’s a great day to be a Rider!
Attached is the schedule for the 2020 JR Riders. A special thank you to Coach Evans for putting together a great schedule.
NOTE: We will continue to monitor the COVID situation and even if some early games get cancelled, we will work to add games when it does start. We are staying optimistic for a great summer of baseball!