It was a busy week for the Riverside Senior Babe Ruth baseball team as the Rebels played four games in five days.
The highlight of the week for Riverside was an 8-6 come-from-behind victory over the Osceola Senior Babe Ruth team Friday night at Lake City. The big hit of the night came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Riverside first baseman Zack Story drilled a based loaded triple off the left field fence, scoring all three runners to give the Rebels the lead for good, 8-5.
Osceola rallied in the top of the seventh, but Rebel pitcher Jeremy Mann shut the door, thanks to a base running blunder by the Seminoles as Riverside hung on for the win.
Joining Story in the hit parade for the Rebels was Matt Snyder with two singles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Tyler Timms added two singles and scored a run, Wayne Lewis singled, walked, drove in a run, and scored once, Kevin Winford walked twice and scored two runs, Shawn Mathews walked and scored a run, while winning pitcher Mann produced a single, an RBI, and scored a run to lead the Rebel offensive attack.
Riverside began the week with a victory over Trumann as the Wildcats had to forfeit the contest as a result of having only eight players Monday night at Lake City.
On Tuesday night the Rebels hosted the Marked Tree Indians and jumped out to an early 5-1 lead before the Indians rallied with a five run fourth inning en route to a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over Riverside.
The Rebels led 2-1 entering the bottom of the third inning before tacking on three more runs to build a 4-1 lead. Jeremy Mann started the rally with a two-out double, then Matt Snyder added an infield hit, putting runners on the corners. Kevin Winford scored both runners with a ringing two-run double, and then came around to score Riversides final run when Tyler Timms tripled over the right fielder's head to give the Rebels a 5-1 cushion.
After Marked Tree had taken the lead with their big fourth inning rally, the Indians tacked on an insurance run in their very next at bat when Adam Chamberlain scored on an RBI single off the bat of Marked Tree's Tacker.
Winning pitcher Jeffery Thompson then worked around a one-out double off the bat of Timms in the sixth inning, and then closed the game out by stranding two more Rebels when he got Wayne Lewis to pop out, ending the game.
Riverside traveled to Trumann Thursday night and dropped a 7-3 decision to the Wildcats. Trumann used two pitchers in holding the Rebels to seven hits. Alex Henry went the first five innings, giving up all three runs on five hits, striking out three while walking one to gain the victory. Zack Wilson then nailed down the save with two innings of two-hit baseball for the Wildcats.
Riverside was led at the plate by Kevin Winford and Tyler Timms, who both had two singles each, with Winford also driving in a run. Cody Richardson added a two-run double, Shawn Mathews doubled and scored a run, Anthony Reece and Kris Kelton both singled and scored runs, while Wayne Lewis walked twice.
Lewis took the loss, going the distance, allowing only six hits while striking out one. Lewis gave up all seven runs, two of which were unearned, while issuing five walks.
Trumann was led by Michael Campbell, who had two singles, three stolen bases and two runs scored, while lead-off man Revis Kemper added a two-run double in addition to drawing two base-on balls while scoring two runs to pace the Wildcat offense.
The Rebels will play three games this week, starting Monday at Osceola with a 6 p.m. matchup with the Seminoles. Riverside will play Thursday and Friday at home in 5:30 games against Paragould and Osceola.