Parkers Chapel ousts Riverside

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Riverside found out why Parkers Chapel is the defending state baseball champions Friday afternoon at White Hall High School in Pine Bluff. The number one ranked Trojans jumped all over the Rebels in the first inning and went on to a 14-0 victory, ending Riverside's season.

Riverside senior Cody Richardson at bat in 2A State Tournament action Friday afternoon at White Hall High School. (Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)

The Trojans scored four runs in the first inning. Tyler Cannon led off Parkers Chapel's opening at bat with a home run high over the leftfield fence. Shane Harris blasted a two-run double to make the score 3-0 before a wild pickoff attempt at first base by losing pitcher Blake Hogan allowed the inning's fourth run to score.

The Trojans scored four more runs in the second inning. After loading the bases, Harris blasted a grand slam over the centerfield fence, giving Parkers Chapel an 8-0 lead.

Parkers Chapel added four more runs in the third with the big blow coming off the bat of Wes Shields, who hammered a three-run homer to give the Trojans a 12-0 advantage.

Dyllon Branwillen picked up the win while Hogan suffered the loss.

The Rebels finished their season with an 11-13 record.

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