Rebels fall to Tuckerman in Regional semi-final

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tuckerman's four run fourth inning broke open a close game and sparked the Bulldogs to a 12-3 victory over Riverside in the semifinals of the 2A Regional Tournament Monday afternoon at Tuckerman.

Riverside had pulled within two runs after trailing 5-0 when starting pitcher Garrett Weaver drilled a three-run homer over the left field fence in the top of the third inning. But Tuckerman came right back with their big fourth inning to put the game away.

Kevin Clark's RBI single scored Tyler Cornwell, who led off the decisive fourth inning by reaching base on an error. After another Rebel error allowed the second run of the inning to score, Chris Clark ripped an RBI single up the middle to plate the Bulldogs' third run, making the score 8-3. Tuckerman would add a fourth run on a wild pitch to stretch their advantage to 9-3.

The Bulldogs added three more runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Trevor Stevenson and Hunter Finney. Tuckerman scored their last run of the inning on a hit batsman with the bases loaded to up their lead to 12-3.

The Bulldogs got on the board first, scoring one run in the opening inning on a wild pitch from Weaver. The Bulldogs scored four more runs in the second with the big hit coming off the bat of Raul Mendez, who lined a sharp single into left field to plate Cornwell, who had singled earlier in the frame.

Chris Clark went the distance on the mound, allowing only three Rebel hits while striking out seven and walking just two.

Weaver pitched six innings, giving up 10 hits while allowing only three earned runs. The senior finished with one strikeout, four walks, two hit batsman and five wild pitches.

The Rebels dropped a 10-6 decision to Rector in Tuesday afternoon's third place game.

Jake Love led the Rebel offensive attack with three hits while catcher Nick Bagley drove in a pair of runs. Love (0-1) was the losing pitcher as the Rebels saw their record drop to 11-12 on the year.

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