Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks was famous for saying "Let's play two," referring to the old doubleheader. Riverside and Trumann took it to the extreme last Thursday night at Trumann in Sr. Babe Ruth action.
In the opener Trumann forged to an early 8-0 lead after four innings before the Rebels battled back and pulled within 8-6 after the fourth inning. Trumann then pushed across two more runs and held on for a 12-8 win. The first game was normal enough, but that was just the beginning.
The nightcap was just that. It got underway a little after 8 p.m. and four and a half hours later, the long night of baseball came to an end, but not without some second game fireworks.
The second affair started harmlessly enough and appeared as though it would be quicker than the two-hour opener. Neither team could muster much offense through the first two innings.
In the top of the seventh Trumann, came right back to reclaim the lead when cleanup batter Tim Baine drilled a two out, two run single before tacking on two more runs on bases loaded walks for a 6-2 lead entering the bottom of the seventh.
The Rebels then mounted a late inning rally. Tim Austin walked with the bases jammed to force in one run before Dewitt hit a two run double down the left field line to pull the Rebels to within 6-5. Trumann then misplaced a grounder to short and the Rebels tied the score at 6-6 before Harrison got Smith to strike out, and Matt Snyder to ground out to strand the winning run at third.
Steven Welch gave Trumann the lead for good 7-6 with a pinch hit RBI single and then the flood gates opened as Trumann added six more runs to take a 13-6 lead.
The Rebels managed a run in their half of the eighth on a RBI single by Zac Reynolds, but Harrison got Owens to ground out to end the night's marathon.
Riverside will next play Thursday night at Marked Tree.
In other baseball action, Lake City's Junior Babe Ruth team lost a double header Tuesday night at Lake City to East Poinsett County 11-1 and 91.
The Jr. Babe Ruth team lost Thursday night to Monette 10-6, despite a 3-run homer by Chris Sharp.
The Majors lost two games last week. They were defeated 7-5 by Monette and 10-6 by Westside. Coach Michael Boatman said, "It was a tough week for Lake City's Mudcats," who fell to 0-4 in conference play and 3-6 overall. Coach Boatman said Timmy Trinidad pitched well striking out 8 batters in three innings of work in both games.
The 9-10 year old Jammers defeated Bay on May 22, 11-4, and defeated the Brookland Ab on May 27, 11-6. The Jammers were defeated on Friday by the Valley View Cardinals, 10-5.
The Rebels machine pitch team won at Caraway on May 22 over Caraway's Young Guns, 10-2, and beat Caraway's DA Bombs, 10-0 on May 23. The Rebels lost at home on May 27 to the Etowah Mudcats, 11-9.