Hazen eliminates Rebels 4-0 in 2A State Baseball Tournament

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Riverside bowed out of the Class 2A State Baseball Tournament, dropping a 4-0 decision to Hazen Thursday afternoon at Parkers Chapel. The Rebels, who finished the season 15-10, were making their first state tournament appearance since 2008.

Rebel catcher Logan Meurer fires to first in Riverside's 7-4 regional semifinal victory over Marked Tree last week at Tuckerman.

Riverside was limited to just two hits, singles by Brock Adams and Lathe Lunsford. Devon Austin went the distance for the Rebels, working seven innings while scattering seven hits and walking five.

Riverside advanced to the state tournament, pounding Tuckerman 9-1 Monday afternoon on the Bulldogs' home field. The Rebel victory ended the illustrious coaching career of Tuckerman coach Morgan Gilbert, who finished with over 1000 wins. Ironically, it was Riverside who also ended Gilbert's basketball coaching career in February with a win over the Bulldogs.

Devon Austin pitched seven strong innings to earn the win for Riverside. The sophomore right hander allowed only three hits on the day. Riverside jumped on Tuckerman early, scoring two runs in the first before adding four more in the second to take a 6-0 lead.

Braden Peaster stroked a pair of hits and stole two bases while Dylan Wright also had a pair of hits and two steals. Brock Adams laced two singles for the Rebels.

Riverside defeated Marked Tree 7-4 in the semifinals to advance to the regional championship game. The Rebels scored six runs in the sixth inning for the come from behind victory.

Kollin Stone picked up the win in relief, going 4 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. The sophomore right hander struck out six and issued just one walk. Stone helped his own cause with a pair of singles and a run scored.

Logan Meurer doubled, singled, drove in a run and scored once while Devon Austin had a pair of singles and two RBI. Lathe Lunsford also had a pair of hits and scored twice, Brandon Towery doubled while Brock Adams had a single.

Walnut Ridge shelled the Rebels 12-0 in a five inning affair to take home the regional championship.

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