Town Crier Sports Staff
Cody Richardson had a big day at the plate and freshman Blake Hogan did the rest on the mound as Riverside picked up a much needed 7-6 victory over Cross County in 2A-3 conference action Thursday afternoon at Cherry Valley.
Riverside scored two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and withstood a late Thunderbird rally to hold on for the win. Leading 7-4 entering the bottom of the seventh, Cross County struck for two runs, but the Rebels escaped with the victory.
Hogan went the distance, giving up six hits while striking out eight Thunderbirds. Richardson banged out three hits, drove in a pair of runs, stole a base and scored a run to pace the Rebel offensive attack. Nick Bagley went 2-3 with a pair of RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored. Garrett Weaver was 2-3 with two RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored. Taylor Pitman had a single, a stolen base and scored a run. Hogan singled, stole a base and scored a run. Cody O'Guinn singled, scored twice and stole a base while Jordan Adcock had a single.
Riverside fell to Rector 6-5 Tuesday afternoon at Lake City when the Cougars came up with two runs in the top of the seventh to rally for the win. Clarence Clark had three hits and four RBI's while Tony Loveless picked up the win on the mound for the Cougars.
Riverside was led by Blake Hogan and Cody O'Guinn who had three hits and an RBI apiece.
The Rebels took on Nettleton in the Craighead County Baseball Tournament Friday afternoon at Nettleton and came up on the short end of a 12-2 decision.
Riverside struck first with a run in the first inning when Shawn Mathews scored on an error. Nettleton came back to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning, and took a 3-1 lead in the second on a double by Nick Schaaf.
Nettleton blew the game open in the fourth inning, scoring five runs with the help of four Riverside walks. Cory Felts delivered the big blow in the inning with a two run double to give the Raiders an 8-1 lead.
Aaron Primm picked up the win for the Raiders, pitching five innings while giving up two runs on just three hits. The senior righthander struck out four and walked just two.
Nick Bagley had a double and scored a run for the Rebels. Shawn Mathews had a single and scored a run while Taylor Pitman also had a single for Riverside. The Rebels fall to 3-9 on the season.
Jordan Adcock took the loss, working three and two thirds innings in giving up eight runs, six earned. Adcock surrendered eight hits.
"We only gave up eight hits, but we walked six and hit four batters and that's 10 base runners that we just gave Nettleton," said Riverside Coach Kevin Hall. "They are too good of a team for us to be giving them gifts. They can really hit the baseball, but the walks and hit batsmen put pressure on our defense. Nettleton's pitcher did a pretty good job. He pitched out of a couple of jams. When you play a good team like Nettleton, your pitchers have to throw strikes and make them hit the baseball. They made the plays. They are the number one seed, and deservedly so."
Riverside will return to action Monday afternoon when they travel to Rector in a 2A-3 conference game. The Rebels will hit the road again Tuesday when they go to Paragould to take on Crowley's Ridge Academy in another conference contest before wrapping up the week on the road at Marked Tree for their third conference test of the week.