Carson Tyler scampered home from third base with the winning run when Riverside pitcher Garrett Weaver uncorked a wild pitch as East Poinsett County claimed a 5-4 eleven inning decision Tuesday at Lake City to complete a game previously called due to darkness on March 13.
The two teams picked up where they left off earlier at Lepanto with the score tied 3-3 after seven innings. Cody Richardson gave the Rebels a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth when he scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Weaver.
EPC tied the score with an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth when sophomore Brett Hardin drilled an RBI single, making the score 4-4. Neither team could score again until the bottom of the 11th, when the Warriors loaded the bases with two outs. Tyler lined a one out single to right center but Carl Porter popped out to second baseman Nick Bagley for the second out. Cameron Gean then ripped a single to right, sending Tyler to third. Chris Carter drew a walk to load the bases, bringing clean up batter Brett Hardin to the plate. The sophomore never got a chance to hit as Weaver bounced a pitch in front of catcher Beau Hogan. The ball got past Hogan, allowing Tyler to scoot home with the winning run.
Weaver (0-3) picked up the loss, officially pitching 11 innings, striking out 10 while walking 10. The sophomore righthander gave up four runs on nine hits. Weaver, Hogan, Glen Graham and Casey Hook all had a pair of hits for the Rebels.
Cameron Gean (3-2) picked up the win, allowing one hit in four innings. Gean fanned five and walked one. Lando Bass, Steven Emerich, and Gean each had a pair of hits for the Warriors.
The Warriors picked up a 10-4 win in the regularly scheduled game which immediately followed. Joseph Peridore struck out 11 Rebels and went the distance to pick up the win as the Warriors improved to 9-12 overall and 4-2 in 3AA South Conference play.
Riverside (0-11) was led by Cody Richardson who banged out two hits.
EPC was led at the plate by Chris Carter and Adam Chamberlain who combined for six hits and seven RBIs.
Brookland claimed a 9-7 decision over the Rebels Monday afternoon at Brookland.
Riverside had three hits, including an RBI double by Beau Hogan and a two run single by Tyler Timms. Garrett Weaver also had a hit and stole a base. Caleb McCluskey drove in a run while Cody O(Guinn scored a run. Weaver and Hogan also scored a pair of runs apiece while Cody Richardson and Timms each crossed the plate once. Timms (0-4) pitched 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.
Levi Thornton pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief, giving up just one unearned run to pick up the win for Brookland.
Riverside will return to action Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with three 4:00 p.m. games, all at Lake City. The Rebels will play host to Valley View Monday, Walnut Ridge Tuesday, and Weiner Wednesday. The Rebels will entertain Turrell Thursday afternoon at Caraway before playing in the County Tournament Friday and Saturday.