Rebels stay hot with three conference victories

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Buffalo Island Central's Dax Hurst does the two-step to try to avoid an errant pitch by Riverside's Kollin Stone Thursday afternoon at Monette.

Riverside won for the ninth time in 10 games with a crucial 4-1 victory over Marked Tree in 2A-3 conference baseball action Friday afternoon at Lake City.

Devon Austin (3-2) earned the win, firing a complete game six hitter. The junior right hander struck out nine, walked two, while giving up just one unearned run.

The Rebels got on the board first in the opening inning on an RBI groundout by Matthew Fraser, scoring Gavin Stone, who reached base after being hit by a pitch. Riverside scored two more runs in the third inning, providing all the run support Austin would need to pick up the win.

Riverside's Brandon Towery attempts to lay down a bunt during the Rebel's 12-3 victory over BIC Thursday afternoon at Monette.

Brandon Towery singled and added an RBI double while Michael Mann also had a single and a double to lead the Rebel offensive attack. Levi Reed had an RBI single. Larry Tilley contributed a hit while Gavin Stone added a hit and a stolen base. Fraser finished the day with two RBI.

Riverside (9-4, 6-4 2A-3) began the week, drubbing Cross County 22-3 Thursday afternoon at Lake City. Towery (2-1) earned the win, pitching five innings while allowing three unearned runs. The lefthander struck out 10, walked two and gave up a pair of hits.

Gavin Stone was perfect at the plate, going 3-3 with two RBI. Austin clubbed a solo home run while finishing the day 2-2 with two RBI. Kollin Stone blasted a two-run, inside the park homer, following Austin's solo shot. Caleb Waugh had two hits and an RBI. Towery provided a two-run triple while Ben Hensley added a bases loaded triple. Levi Reed and Blake Hall both had RBI singles while Cannon Smith chipped in with a pair of RBI.

Riverside traveled to Monette later in the day and defeated Buffalo Island Central 12-3. The Rebels trailed 3-2 entering the top of the sixth inning, but scored seven times to take a 9-3 lead. Reed's two-run single, a pinch hit RBI single by Luke Baker and Kollin Stone's RBI double highlighted the rally.

The Rebel battery of catcher Matthew Fraser and pitcher Kollin Stone discuss strategy during Riverside's 12-3 victory over BIC Thursday afternoon at Monette.

Kollin Stone finished the game 2-3 with three RBI, two doubles and two stolen bases. Fraser provided a two-run triple while Austin had a two-run single.

Kollin Stone picked up the win, going six innings while allowing four hits. The junior right-hander fanned eight, walked three while giving up two earned runs.

Evan Sanders led BIC at the plate with a pair of singles. Austin Pike and Dalton Clay also added singles for the Mustangs. Seth Eatmon took the loss.

Riverside will return to the diamond, traveling to Marmaduke Monday afternoon before journeying to East Poinsett County for a Tuesday afternoon game. The Rebels play host to BIC Wednesday afternoon and will close out the week with their fourth consecutive conference game Thursday afternoon against Rector at Lake City.

BIC (3-5, 3-4 3A-3) began the week, dropping a 6-1 decision Wednesday afternoon at Lepanto. McKenzie Betts (2-2) earned the win. Betts went the distance, allowing just three hits and one earned run while fanning 13 Mustangs. Aaron Scales went 2-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases while Andy Tacker contributed a pair of singles and an RBI to aid the Warrior cause.

Eatmon led the Mustangs at the plate with a pair of singles.

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