If only Roger Clemens and Funny Cide had enjoyed as a successful a day Saturday as Matt Owens did there would be another 300-game winner in baseball and the first triple crown winner in horse racing in more than 25 years.
Owens hit and pitched Riverside's Senior Babe Ruth team to an 8-0 shutout over Osceola while both Clemens and Funnycide lost in their bids for immortality.
Owens cracked a 3-run homer to blow open a tight game in the bottom of the fifth and finished with a two-hit shutout while fanning ten Osceola batters in a brilliant performance on a hot afternoon at Caraway.
The Rebels drew first blood in the third inning when Steven Dewitt delivered the first of his three extra base hits on the day to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead.
The Rebels tacked on three more insurance runs in the sixth. Brian Stallings drew a lead off walk, then Emery reached on an error to put runners at first and second. Dewitt again delivered as he laced a two-run triple off the right field wall to make the score 7-8. Dewitt scored the final run on a grounder by Owens.
Joining in the Rebel hit parade was Austin who had two singles, Alex Smith and Matt Snyder also delivered singles for Riverside. Both Owens and Dewitt drove in three runs apiece.
"Owens pitched a heck of a game," said Rebel Coach Kevin Hall. "He mixed his pitches very well and kept Osceola off balance all day."
The Rebels improved to 20-2 on the year and will return to action with a double header Monday at Manila.
Riverside will play Marked Tree Thursday at Caraway.