(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)
The Rebels got a strong pitching performance from senior right hander Garrett Weaver, who fired a five hitter while posting 11 strikeouts.
Riverside banged out 11 hits, including a pair of triples and three doubles. The Rebels got things going in the bottom of the second inning when third baseman Cody O'Guinn ripped a triple down the right field line. O'Guinn scored the game's first run on a Bay error and the Rebels picked up another run when freshman Cody Stallings drilled an RBI single up the middle. Tyler Warhurst reached base with an infield single, advancing Stallings to third. Jake Love brought home Riverside's third run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Stallings. Daniel McCormick picked up an infield hit, putting Warhurst at third base where the junior eventually scored on another Yellowjacket error, giving Riverside a 4-0 lead after two innings.
Bay starting pitcher Zach Carmer experienced control problems in the Riverside third inning. Carmer issued a one-out walk to O'Guinn before committing a balk, sending the Rebel third baseman to second base. The freshman uncorked a wild pitch to put O'Guinn at third and allowed O'Guinn to score with his second wild pitch of the inning, giving Riverside a 5-0 lead.
The Rebels stretched their advantage to 7-0, scoring two more runs in the fourth inning. Riverside shortstop Jake Love drove home one run with an RBI single to left field and the Rebels picked up another score on Bay's third error of the game.
The Yellowjackets finally got on the board in the top half of the fifth inning on a Tim Nix base hit, but the Rebels came right back in the very next inning, scoring three times to put the game away, taking a 10-1 lead. The big blows in the inning came off the bats of Garrett Weaver, who blasted an RBI double, and Cody O'Guinn, who also doubled, driving in two more runs.
Daniel McCormick finished the afternoon with three hits while Love and O'Guinn had two hits apiece to lead the Rebel offense. Stallings, Warhurst, Weaver and Cody Richardson all had one hit apiece.
Riverside advanced to Monday's championship game against host team Rector by defeating Marked Tree 3-2 Saturday night.
Jake Love and Garrett Weaver led Riverside with two hits apiece while sophomore right hander Blake Hogan fanned 12 Indians. Hogan allowed only two runs to pick up the win.