RAWLINS – Although Saratoga led things off with four-run first inning, a late-game rally by Rawlins proved just enough for the home team to stage a 22-19 comeback on Wednesday in Rawlins.

Being last month Rawlins won the first game against Saratoga, the win marks a sweep of the hometown’s friendly, cross-county rival.

That’s not to say Saratoga was dominant throughout the game.

With the help of Saratoga slugger Cody Palmer, who went three of four at the plate, as well as some stellar defensive plays at shortstop in Zach Schmidt, the Platte Valley team was able to take a four-inning lead 16-13.

Rawlins, however, would go on a six-run roll in the following inning, hoisting themselves up 22-16.

In a last-chance attempt, Saratoga added three more runs but was unable to take the game.

More importantly, despite low attendance numbers, the charity softball game garnered $1,400 in chartable contributions.

“Once again, I’m extremely impressed with businesses whenever I ask them to step up,” said Monte Thayer, event organizer. “But I was definitely disappointed in the lack of community involvement.”

$700 went to Ribbons of Hope, a local effort that provides grant opportunities for local Rawlins residents battling cancer. Meanwhile, another $700 was raised for Saratoga Safe Ride, which provides safe rides home to people who’ve had too much to drink.

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