The Riverside Rebels opened their 2004 baseball season with a bang by knocking off their arch-rival Buffalo Island Central with a come from behind 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Caraway.
After BIC jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Brett Sexton in the top of the third inning scoring Brooks Taylor, who had drawn a one-out walk and stole second, the Rebels battled back, scoring single runs in the third and fourth innings to take the lead for good.
Riverside began their comeback when Tyler Timms laced a two-out RBI double, scoring Michael Dewitt, who had singled and stole second, to knot the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third. Then the Rebels took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. Kevin Winford and Jeremy Mann drew back-to-back walks, and then Kris Kelton drove in what proved to be the winning run with a solid single up the middle, scoring Winford from second base.
Winning pitcher Matt Snyder (1-0) came on in relief in the third inning to pick up the win, allowing only one hit in four innings of work. Snyder struck out two and walked only two as he kept the Mustangs off balance all night with his offspeed pitches. Matt Owens started the game for the Rebels, giving up the Ponies only run, which was unearned, and one hit. Owens worked three innings, striking out three while walking four before his arm tightened up in the 30 degree weather.
The game featured little offense as both teams combined for only five hits. Chris Deeds provided the only other Mustang hit on the night.
Mark Hawkins (0-1) took the loss for BIC, allowing three hits and two earned runs. He also walked two and hit a batter.
"It was a well played high school game," said an elated Riverside coach Kevin Hall. "We made only one error and BIC played errorless ball. It was a well pitched game, even though we didn't strike out a lot of batters. But we played good enough defense to win and our pitchers threw strikes, while our fielders made plays when they needed to. Snyder did a great job in relief. Anytime you can pitch four innings to BIC and not give up any runs, you've done a great job. Matt (Snyder) is a control pitcher and he was really hitting his spots tonight. He kept them off stride.
"I was surprised at how well we played defensively. We made plays when we needed to. I was very pleased with our pitching. It was a great way to start off the year with a win over a quality team like BIC."
BIC 001 000 0 1-2-0
RIV 001 100 - 2-3-1
WP -- Snyder (1-0)
LP -- Hawkins (0-1)
The Rector Cougars brought out the heavy lumber Tuesday night as they blasted Riverside 14-3 in the nightcap behind Bryan Arnold, who went 3-4 with two RBI's and four runs scored. Dewayne White added two more hits and four RBI's while Jake Holcomb went the distance on the mound, striking out six and scattering eight hits to pick up the win.
Rector scored two in the first inning and added four more in the second to take a 6-1 lead. The Rebels scored one in the second and after Rector tacked on another run in the top of the third, the Rebels rallied for two runs of their own to close within 7-3.
From that point on, it was all Rector as the Cougars scored two fourth-inning runs and then blew the game open with a five run fifth as the game was called due to the 10-run rule.
Riverside was led in hitting by Michael Dewitt and Tyler Timms, who both went 2-3 at the plate and scored one run each. Kevin Winford notched an RBI double and scored a run, while Josh Davis, M. J. Emery, and Kris Kelton all had infield hits. Jeremy Mann (0-1) took the loss for the Rebels, who dropped to 1-1 on the year.