After taking over sole possession of first place in the 3AA South Conference the day before, Riverside blew 6-0 and 12-7 leads to lose a 13-12 heartbreaker to East Poinsett County Friday afternoon at Lepanto.
The Warriors scored four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to drop the Rebels into a first place tie with Bay for the league lead. Adam Robertson's opposite field bloop single down the right field line brought home the winning run as the Warriors evened their overall record at 11-1 and improved to 4-3 in conference play.
The Rebels dropped to 9-8 on the year and 6-2 in league play.
Riverside was led at the plate by Jeremy Mann who had two doubles, a single, one RBI and two runs scored. Cody Richardson belted a double to go along with a single and drove in two runs while Kevin Winford had a double, a single, and scored three runs. Glen Graham had two singles, drove home a run and scored once. Garrett Weaver also had two singles with a run scored. Shawn Mathews had a pair of singles with an RBI and two runs scored while Tyler Timms lashed a two run double and scored a run. Anthony Reece had an RBI single while Caleb McCluskey scored a run to round out the Rebel offensive attack. Mathews took the loss for Riverside on the mound.
The Rebels will play two crucial conference games Monday and Tuesday in what will decide the conference championship and the number one seed for the district tournament. Riverside will travel to Cherry Valley Monday to face Cross County before returning to Lake City Tuesday afternoon to close out league play against East Poinsett County.