Town Crier Sports Staff
Buffalo Island Central scored four runs in the third inning, tacked on three more in the fourth and held off a late Riverside rally to nip the Rebels 8-7 Friday afternoon in high school baseball action at Monette.
With the game tied 1-1 entering the third inning, freshman Josh Freeman drew a lead off walk followed by a clean single up the middle off the bat of winning pitcher Trevor Matheny. Jordan Phillips, who had a pair of extra base hits on the day, grounded into a force out to leave runners on the corners with one out. Phillips stole second, putting two runners in scoring position. Garrett Weaver, who took the loss for the Rebels, uncorked a wild pitch, giving BIC a 2-1 lead.
The Mustangs (2-1, 2-0 2A-3) scored their third run on an error and went ahead 4-1 when senior Garrett Qualls dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line, scoring Chad Williams from third. Cody Smith's RBI ground-out pushed the BIC lead to 5-1.
The Rebels picked up an unearned run in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 5-2, but the Mustangs came right back in their half of the inning, scoring three times to take an 8-2 lead. The big blow of the inning came off the bat of Phillips, who ripped an RBI double into the right centerfield gap, scoring Freeman. The Mustangs got their other two runs on a pair of Riverside errors.
The Rebels bounced back in the top of the fifth, scoring four runs to cut the Mustang lead to 8-6. Riverside's Nick Bagley and Josh Driver drew back to back walks to begin the inning, followed by an infield single off the bat of junior Cody Richardson to load the bases.
Matheny walked Rebel shortstop Shawn Matthews, forcing in a run. Mustang Coach Todd Rhoades went to his bullpen, bringing in Chad Williams. The junior righthander walked in another run for Riverside's second score of the inning. Williams vindicated himself by picking off Matthews at second base for the first out of the inning. The Rebels tacked on two more runs on a wild pitch and an error.
Williams settled down with a 1-2-3 sixth inning, but the Rebels put a scare into the Mustang faithful in the top of the seventh when Weaver blasted a hanging curve on an 0-2 count over the left field fence, pulling Riverside to within a run, 8-7.
Riverside put the tying run on first with the help of a Mustang error, but Williams gathered himself, striking out Rebel's Caleb McCluskey and Jordan Adcock to preserve the victory.
Matheny pitched four plus innings, giving up five runs, all unearned. The junior gave up one hit while striking out four and issuing five bases on balls. Williams picked up the save, going three innings, giving up two runs on just one hit. Williams fanned three while walking two.
Phillips drilled a triple to go along with his RBI double and scored three runs. Qualls had a pair of singles and stole three bases. Matheny had a pair of hits, including a double, while Freeman scored a pair of runs. Junior Jansen Newcom stole two bases while scoring one run.
Weaver pitched three innings, giving up five runs, one earned. The junior righthander surrendered four hits while striking out six and walking one. Weaver uncorked a pair of wild pitches and hit a batter. Matthews also went three innings, giving up three runs, one earned. Matthews gave up two hits while striking out four, walking three and also had a pair of wild pitches.
Weaver finished with a pair of RBI's and two runs scored to go along with his first homer of the year. Driver also had a hit and scored twice. The freshman right-fielder also stole a base. Richardson scored a run and had one stolen base. McCluskey and Bagley scored runs for the Rebels while Matthews added an RBI.
BIC will return to action Monday when they travel to Cross County. The Mustangs will host Rector on Thursday afternoon and Valley View on Friday.
The Rebels play a pair of home games at Caraway on Monday and Tuesday. Riverside will face CRA Monday afternoon and will host Weiner on Tuesday.