Osceola ends Rebels' season in 11 innings

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Buck Weathers laced a sharp single to right field scoring Desmond Sims, giving Osceola a thrilling 9-8, 11 inning come-from-behind victory over Riverside, ending the Rebels season Thursday night at the Senior Babe Ruth League Tournament at Trumann.

The Rebels, who once led 6-2, saw Osceola chip away with single runs in the fist and third innings and then plated three more in the fifth.

The Seminoles came all the way back knotting the game 7-7 in the sixth on an error.

The game remained tied at 7-7 until the 11th when Anthony Reece grounded into a fielder's choice scoring Dustin Kelems, who had opened the inning with a single to left. M.J. Emery sacrificed Kelems to second before advancing to third on an infield single by Zac Reynolds. Reece's grounder gave Riverside an 8-7 lead entering the bottom of the 11th.

Osceola's 11th started quietly enough when Donnie Victory grounded out to third but that's when the trouble started for the Rebels.

Steven Pearson blooped a Texas league double to right center. Desmond Lewis then singled in the tying run scoring Pearson and taking second on the throw to the plate.

Lead off hitter Zach Walls reached on an error by Reynolds putting runners at first and third.

That brought Weathers to the plate and he delivered a huge game winning single to give the Seminoles a 9-8 Marathon win.

Bobo Fortenberry pitched the final five innings to gain the win for Osceola allowing only one run while striking out six Rebels.

Rebel Steven DeWitt did all he could to lead the Riverside offense going five for five including four doubles.

The Rebels struck early scoring three unearned runs in the first to take a 3-0 lead.

After Osceola cut the lead to 3-2 the Rebels plated three more runs when Kevin Winford delivered a two-run double and Dustin Kelems drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to up the lead 6-2 in the middle of the fifth.

Dewitt Added a two-out RBI double in the sixth to push the Rebel lead 7-5 before Osceola allied to the game and sent it into extra innings.

Matt Snyder, who took the loss for Riverside had two singles while Kelems added a double and a single to aid the 10-hit Rebel attack.

With the loss, Riverside ends its season while Osceola advances to play Rivercrest.

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