Riverside's Senior Babe Ruth team traveled to Paragould Saturday afternoon playing an afternoon twin bill against two different Paragould teams.
In the first game, the Rebels held off Paragould Edward Jones 7-6 and then completed the twin killing with a 7-4 win in the nightcap over Paragould's Pizza for Less.
In the opener, Riverside spotted Edward Jones a 3-0 first inning lead before rallying to tie the score on an RBI double in the fifth inning off the bat of first baseman Adam Joe Seger. Shawn Matthews led off the Rebel fifth with a sharp single to left field and was sacrificed to second when centerfielder M. J. Emery laid down a perfect bunt to put Matthews in scoring position. That set the stage for Seger's game-tying double.
The Rebels weren't finished, however, as Zack Story laced a single to centerfield, putting runners at first and third. After Anthony Reece reached on an error to load the bases, Tyler Timms lined out to the shortstop for the second out of the inning, bringing winning pitcher Wayne Lewis to the plate. Lewis walked to drive in the lead run, giving the Rebels a 4-3 lead. Jeremy Mann was then hit by a pitch to make the score 5-3 before the Rebels closed out the four-run inning when Reece scored on a wild pitch, making the score 6-3, Riverside.
The Rebels added an insurance run in the sixth when Matthews walked, stole second and came home to score on back to back wild pitches, giving the Rebels a 7-4 lead.
Paragould rallied in the last half of the seventh, loading the bases with the help of three singles wrapped around an error, making the score 7-5. Lewis was then relieved by Jeremy Mann with the bases loaded and nobody out. Mann fanned Dakota Betts for the first out of the inning before walking Caden Sheets to force in another run, closing the gap to 7-6, Riverside. That brought Paragould's Roland to the plate with a chance to give Edward Jones the victory; however, Mann induced Roland to bounce back to the mound. Mann fired home for the force out and then catcher Kevin Winford's relay to first completed the 1-2-3 double play, preserving the Rebel victory.
Riverside was held to only five hits but took advantage of Edward Jones pitcher Shane Weir's wildness in scoring seven runs. The Rebels were the beneficiaries of five walks in addition to a hit batsman to help their offensive output.
Five different Rebels had hits as Seger led the way with an RBI double and a run scored. Cody Richardson had an RBI single. Matthews singled, scored two runs, stole a base, and walked once.
Zack Story singled and scored a run, while Kevin Winford added a single.
Jeremy Mann added an RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. He also walked and scored a run. M. J. Emery walked twice and scored a run. Wayne Lewis walked once and added an RBI while Anthony Reece scored a run.
Wayne Lewis picked up the victory going six plus innings, striking out four while walking none. Lewis scattered 12 hits and gave up six runs, four of which were earned. Lewis also uncorked one wild pitch. Jeremy Mann pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing one hit, striking out one, and walking one.
In the nightcap, Tyler Timms hit and pitched the Rebels to a 7-4 victory over Pizza for Less. Timms had two singles, scored twice and stole four bases in addition to pitching a complete game to earn the victory. Timms allowed four runs, three earned, on only four hits, while striking out 11 and walking only two. Timms also had three wild pitches.
Kevin Winford had a two-run homer in addition to an RBI single. Winford scored two runs and also stole a base in giving Timms plenty of offensive support.
Cody Richardson added an RBI single, scored a run and stole a base, while Wayne Lewis also had an RBI single with a run scored while stealing a base. Shawn Matthews drew two walks and stole two bases. Anthony Reece delivered a sacrifice fly for an RBI. Zack Story and M.J. Emery both drew walks and stole a base apiece. Jeremy Mann scored two runs, stole one base and walked once. Kris Kelton rounded out the Rebel attack with a stolen base after being hit by a pitch.
With the wins, the Rebels improve to 2-3 on the season and will return to action Monday against Trumann in a 6 p.m. match up at Lake City. The Rebels will continue a busy week by hosting Marked Tree on Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 before traveling to Trumann for a 6 p.m. game Thursday night. Riverside will close out the week Friday night in a 5:30 p.m. matchup at Osceola.