Riverside baseball, softball teams complete perfect week
Riverside picked up three 2A-3 conference baseball wins last week, sweeping past East Poinsett County, Rector and Marked Tree to improve to 8-3 overall and 6-2 in league play.
The Rebels began the week with a 5-1 victory over the Warriors at Lepanto. Cody Webb went the distance to earn the victory, allowing just four hits while striking out six batters. Webb did not issue a walk. Logan Meurer led Riverside at the plate, going 2-2, while Dylan Wright added a pair of hits and a RBI plus a stolen base. Braden Peaster had an RBI single and swiped a pair of bases.
It took the Rebels 10 innings to get by Rector Tuesday afternoon at Lake City. Peaster's walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th scored Michael Mann with the winning run. Mann began the inning with a walk and stole second. Mann advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scooted home on Peaster's game winning two-out single.
Peaster and Kollin Stone both had a pair of hits. Stone added an RBI and stole four bases. Stone picked up the win with three innings of shutout relief. The sophomore right hander fanned seven Cougars while allowing just two hits. Riverside starter Brandon Towery worked the first seven innings, giving up five hits and a pair of runs.
Rector's Josh Loveless took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before Riverside finally broke through, scoring a pair of runs to grab a 2-1 lead. The Cougars tied the game, scoring a run in the top of the seventh to send the contest into extra innings.
Riverside completed the week with a 3-0 shutout victory over Marked Tree Thursday afternoon at Lake City. Devon Austin went the distance, firing a three hitter to improve to 3-1 on the year. Austin struck out 10 Indians while issuing five base on balls.
Dylan Wright smacked a pair of hits and drove in three runs, including a big two-run double in the first inning.
The Rebels will return to the diamond Monday afternoon with a 4:00 game against Cross County at Lake City. Riverside travels to McCrory Tuesday afternoon and will take on rival Buffalo Island Central Thursday afternoon at Monette. The Rebels close out the week with a Friday afternoon non-conference game at home against Ridgefield Christian.
The Lady Rebels picked up a pair of victories, defeating McCrory 11-10 Tuesday afternoon before squeezing past Rector 2-1 Thursday.
Emily Jordan earned the victory on the mound in Riverside's win over McCrory at Lake City. Chelsea Nichols had a pair of hits and drove in three runs while Anna Brickell and Kaitlyn Hale also added a pair of singles.
Jordan Miller's RBI single in the top of the eighth inning gave Riverside a one-run extra inning victory Thursday afternoon at Rector. Miller finished the day with two hits and an RBI as the Lady Rebels improved to 4-5 overall and 3-5 in 2A-3 conference action. Anna Brickell banged out three hits and drove in a run. Taylor Archer picked up the win, working eight innings, scattering seven hits and giving up one earned run. Archer fanned seven and did not walk a batter.