Rivercrest sweeps two from Riverside
Rivercrest showed off its own version of the Big Red Machine as they blasted four homeruns including three by Morgan Welch enroute to a doubleheader sweep of the Riverside Rebels, 7-0 in both games Monday night at Caraway.
Welch, who has homered in 23 out of his last 24 games, got the Colts off to a fast start with a three-run blast in the first inning of game one of the twin bill and Rivercrest, never looked back.
Chad Hardin fanned 13 Rebels going the distance in shutting out Riverside on just two hits.
Tyler Timms singled to right with one out in the Rebel first and Anthony Reece reached first on a bunt single in the third to supply the only offense for Riverside in game one.
The Colts tacked on three more runs in the second, capped off by a two-run blast off the bat of Hardin who gained the victory on the mound for Rivercrest.
Matt Snyder, who was tagged with the loss, settled down after the second, pitching five shutout innings of his own, but the Rebels couldn't muster anything against the hard-throwing Hardin.
In the nightcap it was more of the same. The Colts again scored three in the first off Rebel starter Matt Owens with the big blow being a solo homer off the bat of Welch's brother Chad.
The Rebels threatened in their half of the first when Owens belted a two-out double to left. Kevin Winford walked and both runners advanced to second and third on winning pitcher Jarrod Hart's wild pitch, but Hart got Matt Snyder on strikes to end the Rebel threat.
The Colts added another run in the third on back to back doubles by hart and Morgan Welch to make the score 4-0.
Another base hit by Welch sandwiched around a pair of Rebel errors made the score 5-0 after four innings.
The Colts iced things away when Welch unloaded with his third round tripper of the night to set the final at 7-0.
Zac Reynolds and Owens both had doubles while Kevin Winford and Anthony Reece added singles to pace the Riverside attack.
Owens took the loss for the Rebels, striking out five Colts, while Alex Smith finished up fanning one, while giving up Welch's two-run shot.