It was a long time coming, but the Riverside Rebels finally gained a win!
Freshman Cody O'Guinn sliced a two-out single down the right field line in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring Caleb McCluskey with the winning run as the Rebels rallied for a 5-4 extra inning victory over Weiner Wednesday afternoon at Lake City.
Riverside appeared headed for their 14th straight loss as the Cardinals held a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning and had the Rebels down to their last strike. But Beau Hogan('s ground ball slipped through the Cardinal infield, allowing Cody Richardson to scamper home from second base and send the game into extra innings, setting up O'Guinn's eighth inning heroics.
Senior righthander Tyler Timms (1-4) pitched eight strong innings to pick up the victory. Timms allowed three earned runs, scattered seven hits while striking out eight and giving up four base on balls.
Hogan paced the Rebel attack with three hits and three RBIs, including a double. Garrett Weaver ripped a triple and scored two runs. O'Guinn finished with one hit, one RBI and one run scored. McCluskey had a hit and scored a run while Cory Snyder added a hit and Richardson scored the other Rebel run. Casey Hook contributed a key sacrifice bunt that advanced McCluskey into scoring position where he came home to give the Rebels the win when O'Guinn got the game winning base hit.
The Rebels continued their winning ways by sweeping a double header from the hapless Turrell Rockets, winning the first game 26-0 before coming back to take the nightcap 24-1.
In the first game, the Rebels banged out 12 hits including two each by Cody Richardson, Garrett Weaver, Beau Hogan, Caleb McCluskey, and Tyler Timms. Cory Snyder and Aaron Richey contributed one hit each. Richardson scored four runs and had an RBI. Weaver scored three times and drove in two runs. Hogan crossed the plate four times and had one RBI. McCluskey scored three runs and had three RBIs. Timms finished with a pair of RBIs and scored three runs. Glen Graham drove in four runs and scored twice. Snyder scored twice and had an RBI while Richey finished with three runs scored and one RBI. Casey Hook scored two runs. McCluskey picked up the victory, pitching three shutout innings.
In the nightcap, Aaron Richey had four hits and drove in seven runs in addition to scoring twice to give the Rebels the doubleheader sweep. Cody O'Guinn also had four hits and drove in five runs while scoring three times. Glen Graham drilled a home run and drove in five runs on three hits while scoring three times. Garrett Weaver had three hits, two RBIs and scored three times. Casey Hook had a pair of hits, one RBI and scored three runs. Nick Bagley banged out a couple of hits and scored three runs. Cory Snyder singled twice and scored twice while Cameron Casey added two more runs. Cody O'Guinn went three innings, giving up one run on just one hit to gain the victory.
The Rebels traveled to Jonesboro to play in the Craighead County Tournament, but fell twice, losing the opener 15-0 Friday night at Valley View. Riverside had three hits in the game, all singles by Garrett Weaver, Beau Hogan and Caleb McCluskey.
The Rebels lost a tough 16-11 contest Saturday morning against Bay at Nettleton. In the loss to Bay, Glen Graham belted a two-run homer and drove in three runs while Garrett Weaver added a pair of hits and three RBIs. Caleb McCluskey also had a pair of RBIs for the Rebels.
Riverside placed one player on the All-County Tournament team, Tyler Timms.
Riverside will return to action Monday afternoon when they travel to Cherry Valley to face Cross County. The Rebels will play Tuesday afternoon at Lake City in a makeup game against Bay. Riverside will participate in the District Tournament beginning April 22-25 at Marked Tree.