The Riverside Rebels clashed with the hosting Rector Cougars in the finals of the 2A-3 Regional Tournament last Monday. After upsetting the number one seeded Marked Tree Indians by a tally of 3-2 on Saturday, Riverside fell short in the tourney endcap, falling 10-4.
The Rebels managed just four hits in the contest, as Cougar sophomore Mason Knight gave a strong showing on the mound. The Rebels struck out 13 times in the loss.
Garrett Weaver took the loss for Riverside. Weaver went two and two-thirds innings, allowing nine runs on eight hits with four strikeouts.
Rector took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and then promptly added five in the second and three in the third to jump to a commanding 9-0 heading into the fourth frame.
Riverside was able to take advantage of Rector miscues in the field during the fourth. Weaver and Cody Richardson both singled in the inning to provide baserunners. Cody O'Guinn was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Blake Hogan got the Rebels on the scoreboard with a shot back to the mound which brought in Weaver. Cody Stallings hit a ground ball up the middle which got past the fielder and brought in Richardson and O'Guinn.
In the fifth, Jake Love started the inning with a single to shallow center. Richardson hit a thunderclap triple to deep right to bring Love home. Unfortunately, Riverside's offense would be bare from there.
Rector added a run in the bottom of the inning to set the final in place.
Richardson led the Rebels with two hits and an RBI. Weaver and Love each had a single.