Riverside posts blowout victories

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Blowouts were the norm for the Riverside Rebel baseball team this past week. Fortunately for the Rebels, two of the three went Riverside's way.

The week got off to a great start as the Rebels pounded the Brookland Bearcats scoring 12 first inning runs on their way to a 20-5 victory.

Tyler Timms and Shannon Timms went 3 for 3 each with a combined four runs batted in.

Shannon Timms also got the pitching victory, allowing a run on two hits while striking out five in three innings of work.

Tuesday was not as kind to the Rebels as the Rector Cougars blasted two home runs and 20 hits enroute to a 20-5 win.

Brandon Blount led the Cougar assault going 4 for 4 with five RBI's and a grand slam homer.

Winning pitcher Nathan Wyatt also went 4 for 4 with two runs batted in and four runs scored.

Derrick Parrish and Anthony Bullinger both went 3 for 4 while Bryan Arnold belted an opposite field three run shot as the Cougars coasted to their 10th win of the year against eight losses.

Michael Dewitt led the Rebels with a 2 for 2 performance at the plate including one RBI.

Wyatt gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits with four strikeouts. Matt Snyder was tagged with the loss for the Rebels.

The Rebels rebounded Thursday in the opening round of the District Tournament at Marked Tree with a 25-0 thrashing of the Turrell Rockets. The win sends the Rebels to a second round game against the host Marked Tree Indians Monday at 1 p.m.

The victory over Turrell also advances Riverside to the Regional tournament and improves the Rebels to 10-14 for the year.

Matt Snyder pitched a three inning no-hitter to pick up the win over Turrell, while Jeremy Mann led the offensive attack with an inside the park homerun and a triple.

Last week, the Riverside Rebels had a very busy week of baseball highlighted by two big conference wins.

The first came Tuesday against arch rival Bay as the Rebels bunted their way to a 7-4 victory.

After Michael Dewitt gave the Rebels the lead for good with a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning, Alex Smith and Matt Snyder each produced perfect squeeze bunts that iced the win.

Matt Owens 3-0 got the win by pitching a complete game for the Rebels.

The Rebels then dropped a heartbreaking 6-5 non-conference loss to Walnut Ridge on Wednesday when Jeremy Hart ripped a two-out run scoring single in the top of the 10th inning.

The Rebels were led at the plate by Michael Dewitt who had a two-run double and Matt Snyder who delivered a two-run single.

Riverside bounced back on Thursday with a 17-4 thumping of Cross County. The Rebels jumped on the Thunderbirds with a nine run first highlighted by Matt Owens' grand slam home run. Matt Snyder added to the Rebel attack with two hits and a RBI. Kevin Winford and Alex Smith also added two hits each to aid the Riverside cause.

The Rebels then suffered through a tough day on Saturday at the Craighead County Tournament losing two games, 10-0 to BIC and 5-2 to Valley View.

Matt Snyder had two hits on the day while Tyler Timms and Kevin Winford added singles for the Rebels who now stand 7-13 overall and 7-1 in conference play.

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