Riverside's unbeaten streak snapped

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Riverside had not lost a Conference baseball game in five years until Saturday when the marked tree Indians used four Rebel walks and three Riverside errors to snap the unbeaten streak with a 6-4 victory at Marked Tree in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Rebels started the day 4-0 in league play but costly miscues in the field, along with too many bases on balls doomed the Rebs and stopped the unbeaten string.

In the nightcap, Riverside held on for dear life after opening up a 9-0 lead to beat the Indians 13-11 and earn a split on the day.

Matt Snyder 1-2, gained the win for Riverside, now 5-1 in league play and 5-10 overall.

The Rebels were led at the plate by Matt Owens, who had a clutch two run single to put the game out of reach.

Snyder aided his own cause with the bat going 2 for 4 with two RBI's. Daniel Winford added a bases loaded double to aid the Rebels cause.

The week didn't start too promising as the Rebels lost to Valley View on Monday 10-1, managing only three hits.

BIC handed Riverside a 12-6 loss on Tuesday at Caraway as Brandon Ballard fanned 10 Rebels for the Mustangs. Kevin Winford led Riverside at the plate going 3 for 4 with three RBI's. The Rebels were their own worse enemy, committing eight errors on the afternoon.

The Rebels mauled the Turrell Rockets 18-3 in four innings on Wednesday to get back on the winning track. Riverside scored 15 runs over the final two innings to put away the Rockets in league action. Zach Ridge threw a no-hitter and drove in three runs with a bases loaded double to lead Riverside to the win. Matt Owens belted a two run homer to help the Rebels to victory.

Westside came to Caraway on Wednesday and beat the Rebels for the third straight time this year, coasting to a 13-0 win behind the one hit pitching of Michael Dickens.

Dickens improved his record to 2-2 while Alex Smith 0-1 absorbed the loss for the Rebels.

On Friday the Rebels traveled to Hughes and posted a 12-4 conference victory.

Matt Owens went the distance for the Rebels giving up only four hits, while striking out 13 batters.

Owens helped his own cause going 2 for 3 with an RBI while Matt Snyder drove in four runs on a 2-5 performance at the plate. Michael Dewitt contributed a hit and three runs batted in for the Rebels.

The Rebels continue regular season action this week before playing in the County Tournament at Joe Mac Campbell Park in Jonesboro Friday through Sunday, April 11-13.

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