Rebels squeeze past Thunderbirds in extra innings

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lathe Lunsford executed a perfect suicide squeeze bunt with one out in the bottom of the ninth, giving Riverside a 16-15 come-from-behind victory over Cross County Monday afternoon at Lake City.

Riverside's Brock Adams lofts a fly ball against Walnut Ridge in high school baseball action Friday at Lake City.

Lunsford's bunt sent Dylan Wright scampering home with the winning run, after the Rebels had fought back from a 14-6 deficit, scoring eight times in the fifth inning to tie the game.

Cross County took the lead back with a run in the top of the sixth, but Riverside knotted the game once more with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning.

Cody Webb pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief to pick up the win, striking out four while issuing just one walk. Lunsford led the Rebels at the plate with three hits and three RBI while Caden Barrett added two hits and two RBI.

The Rebels dropped a six inning 13-3 decision Tuesday afternoon at McCrory. Devon Austin suffered the loss, giving up nine hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings on the mound. Austin struck out seven Jaguars.

Logan Meurer drilled a two-run homer in the top of the first to give Riverside a brief 2-0 lead before McCrory rallied for the win. Kollin Stone added an RBI single and a stolen base for the Rebels.

Riverside (9-5) ended the week, dropping a 5-1 decision to Walnut Ridge at Lake City. Layne Ditto earned the win for the Bobcats, going the distance while striking out nine Rebels. Ditto gave up four hits and one run on the day. Eric Wilcoxen had a pair of singles and two RBI while Zach Crisler added a two-run triple.

Cody Webb had two hits and an RBI for the Rebels while Devon Austin added a single, a double and scored a run. Brandon Towery suffered the loss, pitching 5 1/3 innings, while allowing only one earned run. The freshman southpaw fanned seven and issued three walks.

Riverside returns to the diamond Monday, playing host to Marmaduke in 2A-3 conference play at Lake City. The Rebels will travel to EPC for another league game Tuesday. Riverside will play Crowley's Ridge Academy Thursday in Paragould before closing the week with a home game Friday at Trumann.

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