Buffalo Island Central played host to the 2A-3 District Tournament last week at Monette with both Riverside and BIC looking to position themselves for regional tournament action at Cedar Ridge beginning April 28.
Riverside entered the tournament as the number three seed from the North and went up against fourth seeded Turrell from the South in first round action. The Rebels wasted little time in shooting down the Rockets 17-0 as Riverside had four players produce two or more hits.
Cody Richardson and Garrett Weaver each blasted home runs to pace the Rebel onslaught. Richardson finished a perfect 3-3 while driving in three runs. Weaver had a pair of hits and drove in a pair of runs. Blake Hogan had two singles and two RBI's while Taylor Pittman also had a pair of singles.
Jordan Adcock pitched a perfect three innings in picking up the victory as the Rebels mercy ruled Turrell.
Quarter-final action was not as kind to the Rebels, as Marked Tree ended Riverside's season with an 11-0 whitewash Friday afternoon.
BIC came into the tournament as the number one seed from the North and an automatic qualifier for the regional tournament. The Mustangs were hoping to avenge Thursday's regular season loss to Marked Tree, the second seed from the South.
The two teams battled to a 2-2 tie entering the fifth inning, before Marked Tree pushed across the go-ahead run on a squeeze play off the bat of Phillip Bickerstaff. A wild pitch put the Indians up 4-2 and Marked Tree tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning to nail down the win and advance to the District Championship game for the fifth consecutive year.
Matt Malone went the distance, striking out eight Mustangs while surrendering just four hits to pick up the win.
Cody Smith led the Mustangs at the plate with a single and a double. The freshman drove in a run and scored once. Chad Williams picked up a hit while Trevor Matheny and Garrett Qualls both scored runs. Jansen Newcom lashed a double in the seventh inning for the Mustangs.
"We didn't put the ball in play when we needed to," said BIC Coach Todd Rhoades. "Garrett Qualls pitched his heart out, giving up two earned runs at the most. When Marked Tree put the ball in play we just didn't handle it. If we just make the routine plays it would have been a lot better game."
BIC will play a consolation game to determine the third seed for the upcoming regional tournament. The Mustangs will face Cross County Monday afternoon at 4:00.