Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside looked poised to pick up their fourth win of the season, taking a 4-2 lead into the fifth inning of Friday afternoon's non-conference match-up at Brookland, but the Bearcats spoiled things for the Rebels, scoring five times to pull out a 7-4 victory.
Brookland began their winning rally when lead-off hitter A.J. Chesser reached first on an infield single. Zach Williams gave the Bearcats two runners with an infield single of his own. Losing pitching Blake Hogan hit the next batter, Luke Vaughn, to load the bases. Hogan walked clean-up batter Levi Thornton to force in a run, pulling Brookland to 4-3.
The Rebels brought in righthander Garrett Weaver, but the junior was greeted by an RBI double off the bat of Michael Rhea, driving home two runs and giving the Bearcats a 5-4 lead. Brookland tacked on two more runs, and Chesser set the Rebels down in order in both the sixth and seventh innings to preserve the victory.
Brookland scored twice in the bottom of the first to take an early 2-0 lead, but the Rebels fought back, scoring once in the second on an RBI single by senior second baseman Caleb McCluskey. Riverside took the lead, scoring twice in the top of the fourth, thanks to a throwing error by Brookland shortstop A.J. Chesser.
Riverside picked up another run in the fifth when Jordan Adcock reached base on an error, and scored on a two-out RBI double off the bat of sophomore Cody O'Guinn, giving the Rebels a 4-2 lead.
Hogan, who came on in relief of starting pitcher Cody Richardson, went an inning and a third in absorbing the loss. The freshman righthander gave up three runs while allowing two hits. Hogan struck out one and walked one. Thornton picked up the win for Brookland, pitching three innings while fanning six Rebels.
"It was another tough day," said Riverside Coach Kevin Hall. "We left too many runners on base. Brookland got hits and drove in runners when they needed to. I thought we had a couple of good opportunities to score and we didn't put the ball in play. I thought Cody Richardson gave us three good innings, which is what we asked him to do. We brought in Hogan who pitched well in the fourth, but he gave up a couple of infield singles to start the fifth and got frustrated. He started to overthrow and walked a batter and hit one. Then Rhea got the check swing hit which got past our right fielder, and that really hurt. Brookland had a big inning. You have to give them credit. They battled back and made the plays they needed to make to win the game. We are in the middle of a losing streak and can't seem to get over the hump, but we play a lot of freshmen and sophomores, and we are getting better."
Riverside began the week by traveling to Weiner and dropped a 15-5 decision to the Cardinals. Weiner scored three times in the first, two more in the second and put the game away with a four run fourth and a six run fifth.
Weiner (6-6) got two hits and three RBI's from both Chase McClendon and Beau Smith. Aaron Riley picked up the win for the Cardinals.
Jordan Adcock led the Rebels offensively with a double, a single and two RBIs. Cody Richardson had a single and scored twice. Taylor Pittman had a single and scored once while Garrett Weaver and Caleb McCluskey scored a run a piece. Blake Hogan pitched four and a third innings in taking the loss. Hogan gave up 11 hits and nine runs. The freshman righthander struck out five and walked five.
The Rebels traveled to Bay Tuesday afternoon to face the Yellowjackets. Bay pounded out 11 hits en rout to a 14-7 win over the Rebels.
R.J. Guthrie picked up the win for Bay, who used a five run fourth and another five spot in the fifth to put the game away. Guthrie also went 3-4 from the plate and drove in two runs. Tyler C. Griffin had three hits and two RBI's while Tyler Q. Griffin went 2-4 with three RBIs.
Riverside was led at the plate by Garrett Weaver, who was 3-4. Weaver had a double, two singles, scored once and drove in three runs. Jordan Adcock was 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Cody O'Guinn had a two run single while Cody Richardson went 2-4, including a double and two runs scored. Tyler Warhurst walked twice and scored twice while Blake Hogan scored a run.
Garrett Weaver pitched six innings in taking the loss for the Rebels. Weaver gave up 11 runs, six earned. The junior surrendered 10 hits, struck out eight and walked three. Jordan Adcock finished up for the Rebels, giving up three earned runs. Adcock allowed one hit, walked four and struck out one.
Riverside traveled to Harrisburg Thursday and suffered a 13-1 setback in a three inning contest. Harrisburg scored three times in the first inning and tallied five runs in both the second and third innings to break the game open.
Zach Combs picked up the win, striking out five while walking five. Combs led the Hornets at the plate with a pair of hits and three RBI's. Harrisburg (2-13) also got a pair of hits from Trevor Owens.
Riverside got their only hit from Austin Davis. Garrett Weaver drove in the Rebel's only run. Davis added a stolen base. Shawn Mathews scored a run and stole a base while Cameron Casey and Cody Richardson added stolen bases.
Cody O'Guinn pitched a third of an inning in taking the loss. O'Guinn gave up three runs, all earned. The sophomore righthander surrendered one hit and walked three. Caleb McCluskey pitched two thirds of an inning, giving up three unearned runs. McCluskey gave up two hits and walked a batter. Nick Bagley pitched an inning and a third. Bagley gave up seven earned runs and five hits while walking five and striking out two. Cameron Casey pitched two thirds of an inning, walking two batters.
Riverside will return to action Monday when they play host to East Poinsett County at Lake City. The Rebels take on conference rival Rector in a Tuesday afternoon game at Lake City. Riverside is scheduled to play Cross County Thursday afternoon at Cherry Valley and will participate in the County Tournament which runs Thursday-Saturday at Monette.