Tyler Timms and Matt Snyder drilled two out two-run singles as the Riverside Rebels built a 5-0 lead after two innings enroute to a convincing 16-1 win over Corning Monday night at Caraway.
The Rebels continued their assault in the third when Dustin Kellem drilled a two-run double, followed by another two out two run single by Alex Smith to make the score 9-0 after the third.
Corning finally scratched across their only run of the game when Michael Nolan doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch by winning pitcher Matt Owens and stole home for Corning's only run of the game.
Riverside put the game away with a big seven-run fourth, highlighted by Owens' two-run double to set the final at 16-1.
Owens gave up only one hit while striking out five with just one walk. Chris Sharp pitched the fifth toc close out things for the Rebels.
Riverside returned to action Friday night traveling to Marked Tree to face the Indians losing 7-2.
Marked Tree dew first blood in the second when Ron Thompson hit a one out double and came home on an RBI single by Jeffrey Thompson. The Indians added another run on an RBI single by Will Drace.
The Rebels battled back with a second inning run when they loaded the bases with no outs. Tyler Timms struck out but reached first when the third strike got by the catcher. Alex Smith singled to put runners on first and second. Then Kevin Winford walked and it appeared the Rebels were in for a big inning. But the Rebs could only muster one run on a bases loaded walk to Zac Reynolds.
Jeffrey Thompson, the Indian Pitcher bore down to get out of the jam by striking out Brian Stallings and enticing Tim Austin to pop out to end the threat and preserve a 2-1 lead.
The score stayed 2-1 until the Marked Tree third when the Indians got to Rebel starter Matt Snyder for three runs to push the lead to 5-1.
Marked Tree added two runs in the fifth to pad their lead to 7-1.
The Rebels tried to rally in the seventh when they got the first two runners aboard via a walk and hit batsman, but managed just one run on an Austin single.
The Rebels squandered several scoring opportunities during the game, twice leaving the bases loaded while stranding nine runners total.
Thompson picked up the win for the Indians while Snyder took the loss for the Rebels.
Riverside returns to action Thursday night at Caraway against Manila #1. The Rebels then travel to Osceola for a Friday night contest.