Rebels improve to 13-4 on season

Friday, April 19, 2002

The Riverside Rebels went 5-0 for the week to improve to 13-4 on the season. The Rebels are playing greatbaseball of late, winning six games in a row.

On Monday, the Rebels defeated the Rivercrest Colts 7-1 as Daniel Eakins picked up the victory. Eakins pitched a complete game, giving up only five hits and no earned runs.

Michael Dewitt went 2-for-3 and also swiped three bases and knocked in three runs in the process. Matt Owens went 3-for-3 with two opposite field doubles.

Kevin Winford went 3-for-4 with three singles.

On Tuesday, the Rebels defeated the Marmaduke Greyhounds 17-5 as senior Tim Austin improved to 3-0 on the season. Austin pitched a complete game strikingout eight hitters. Steven Dewitt had four RBI's to help the Rebels cap off an eight run sixth inning that put the game completely out of reach.

"Steven came through with a clutch hit during the inning," said Riverside Coach Kevin Hall. "He is a senior and showed great leadership with his homerun."

Michael Dewitt and Shannon Timms also had multiple hit games for the Rebels.

Riverside pounded out fourteen hits in rout to a 17-5 victory over the Rector Cougars Friday in Rector.

Timms picked up the win to move to 4-1 on the year. Timms struck out five hitters in six innings of work.

Michael Dewitt went 2-for-4 with threes runs scored and four RBI's. Austin had a pair of doubles along with Timms that keep the Cougars' defense off its toes.

"Austin and Timms have a lot of power to the gaps,"said Hall. "Pitchers have to really locate theirpitches because they have the ability to hit to all parts of the ballpark."

During a double-header in Lake City on Saturday, the Rebels swepted Maldon, Mo. 8-5 and 7-6 in the nightcap. Owens picked up the victory for the Rebels and Austin pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh inning to seal the deal.

Michael Dewitt is one of the biggest reasons the Rebels are 13-4. Dewitt, a sophomore, has done just what a lead-off hitter is supposed to do -- get on base by any means necessary.

"Whether it be by walk, hit, or hit-by-pitch, Michael will find a way to get on base," said Hall. "Without a great lead-off hitter, a team doesn't have much of a chance, but we don't have to worry because we have one of the best in Northeast Arkansas."

Austin picked up his fourth victory of the season during the second contest against Malden. Steven Dewitt had a perfect game at the plate including agame-high five RBI's.

"Maldon is a very talented team and we were fortunate to come out with a sweep," said Hall. "Our hits just happened to fall more than normal."

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