Riverside left Marked Tree Tuesday afternoon still searching for their first victory of the year, as the Indians blasted their way past Riverside 12-2 in 3AA South action at Marked Tree.
William Ruthven's two-run triple down the left field line highlighted a four run third inning, as Marked Tree broke open a 3-1 game, sending the Rebels to their eighth straight defeat.
The Indians banged out 12 hits on the day in improving to 10-6 on the year. Marked Tree jumped to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first, including an RBI triple by Matt Malone, who went 2-4 on the day. The Indians added another run in the second when John Ed Turpen, who rapped out three hits on the afternoon, knocked in Matt Tacker with an infield hit. The Indians went ahead 7-1 with their four run third inning outburst and put the game away by adding a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take an 11-2 lead. The game ended when Marked Tree scored a run in the sixth inning to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.
Ruthven (3-2) went the distance to pick up the win and finished the day with one hit and two RBIs. Ruthven gave up two earned runs, striking out seven while walking just one batter. Tyler Blagg also added a pair of hits and an RBI while Phillip Bickerstaff connected with an RBI double.
Riverside scored lone runs in the third and fifth innings. Beau Hogan ripped an RBI single and finished the day with a pair of hits while Tyler Timms added an RBI single for the Rebels. Cody Richardson finished the afternoon with a pair of hits as did third baseman Caleb McCluskey. Garrett Weaver and Nick Bagley also added singles for Riverside, who dropped to 0-8 on the season.
Timms (0-3) pitched three plus innings to take the loss. The senior right hander gave up eight runs, six earned while allowing eight hits. Timms struck out one batter while walking five.
Riverside will return to action Monday afternoon when they travel to Brookland for a 4:30 p.m.non-conference game. The Rebels will then host three straight games at Lake City. Riverside hosts East Poinsett County Tuesday, Marmaduke Wednesday, and Bay Thursday. Game time for all three contests will begin at 4:00 p.m.
Rebel senior Tyler Timms is shown on the pitching mound during action last week at Marked Tree. Riverside was defeated 12-2 by the Indians.