2A-3 District Tournament baseball/softball roundup

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Riverside's Lauren Smith raps a single in the Lady Rebel's district tournament game against Rector Thursday afternoon at Lepanto.

Caden Barrett slashed a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Riverside a hard fought 2-1 victory over Rector in the quarterfinals of the 2A-3 District Tournament Thursday afternoon at Lepanto. The win advances the Rebels to this week's regional tournament, also in Lepanto.

Riverside held a 1-0 lead, thanks to an RBI hit by Luke Baker, entering the top of the seventh inning before Rector rallied to tie the score, sending the game into extra innings. Kollin Stone took a perfect game into the seventh and picked up the win, striking out 11 Cougar hitters while allowing only two hits and no walks on the day.

Lady Rebel senior shortstop Anna Brickell prepares to fire to first base while teammate Emily Jordan looks on during district tournament action Thursday afternoon at Lepanto.

Riverside faced second seeded Marked Tree Friday afternoon and dropped a 9-6 slugfest to the Indians. Brody McCrary went the distance, scattering 10 hits to pick up the win for Marked Tree. McCrary fanned seven while walking five.

Octavious Dean's bases loaded double broke a 4-4 tie in the second inning, sparking the Indian victory. Dean finished 2-3 on the day while teammate Blake Daniels blasted a solo home run.

Brandon Towery had two hits and three RBI while Larry Tilley singled, doubled and drove in two runs to lead the Rebel offense. Kollin Stone, Gavin Stone, Devon Austin, Matthew Fraser and Caden Barrett all added singles. Austin suffered the loss for the Rebels.

The Rebels will begin regional tournament play Friday at 10 a.m. against Walnut Ridge.

Rector broke a 2-2 tie, scoring five runs in the top of the seventh inning, and went on to defeat Riverside's Lady Rebels 7-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2A-3 District Softball Tournament Thursday afternoon at Lepanto.

Riverside scored an unearned run in the first inning to grab a 1-0 lead before the Lady Cougars rallied to take a 2-1 edge on Kendall Gunn's two-run double in the top of the third. Jordan Miller's RBI single in the bottom of the frame tied things up for Riverside.

Buffalo Island Central's Drake Brown watches a high, hard pitch from EPC's Clay Malone sail under his chin during 2A-3 District Tournament action Thursday afternoon at Lepanto.

Neither team scored over the next three innings until the top half of the seventh. Gunn hit a slow roller just past first base, driving in what proved to be the winning run for Rector. The Lady Cougars tacked on four more runs in the inning, thanks to three Riverside errors.

Gunn singled, doubled, drove in three runs and scored once to lead Rector offensively.

Kayli Womack went 3-4 while Miller had an RBI single for the Lady Rebels.

Mustang senior right hander Jacob Sanders follows through on a pitch during district tournament action Thursday afternoon at Lepanto.

East Poinsett County proved a poor host Thursday afternoon, rolling past Buffalo Island 13-3. The victory advances EPC to this week's regional tournament, which the Warriors will also host.

EPC jumped in front 5-0, scoring four runs in the third inning, highlighted by Andy Tacker's bases loaded triple. Chanc Gray drove in four runs for the Warriors, including a two-run single in the fourth and a two-run double in the sixth.

Tacker finished the day 4-5 with three RBI. Byron Scales bashed a pair of doubles while Corbin Truelove singled twice and scored three runs. McKenzie Betts added a pair of RBI singles.

Clay Malone went the distance for EPC, improving to 6-2 on the year. The sophomore right hander scattered eight hits while allowing three runs to go along with four strikeouts.

Austin Pike delivered an RBI single in the third and added a two-run double in the seventh to account for all of BIC's run production on the day. Jacob Sanders singled while Seth Eatmon added a double.

Eatmon suffered the loss for the Mustangs.

BIC's Lady Mustangs dropped their first game of the season, losing 8-2 to Rector in the semifinals of the 2A-3 District Tournament on Friday. Despite the loss, the Lady Mustangs will advance to the regional tournament this week at Lepanto.

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