Rebels edge Walnut Ridge 2-1 to claim Regional baseball title
Riverside rode the strong pitching performance of senior right hander Cody Webb, defeating Walnut Ridge 2-1 in the rain delayed championship game of the 2A Regional Tournament Tuesday afternoon at Tuckerman. Webb worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on only one hit. Webb fanned two and issued a pair of walks. Kollin Stone retired the final four batters to earn the save, giving the Rebels a number one seed in the Class 2A State Tournament.
Riverside broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Devon Austin drew a bases loaded walk to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. The Bobcats tied the game 1-1 in the fifth, getting a run on an RBI grounder off the bat of Chase Baker.
The Rebels gained the lead for good in the sixth. Matthew Fraser smacked a double and advanced to third on an out. Turner drove in what proved to be the game winner with a grounder to second, scoring Fraser.
Devon Austin finished the day 1-2 with a stolen base and an RBI. Fraser doubled and scored twice while Izzy Garcia and Gavin Stone also had base hits.
"I felt like we owed Walnut Ridge one," said Riverside Coach Jeff Womack. "They have had our number for a while. No hard feelings against Walnut Ridge. They have a very good club. But they've had our number for quite a while, so we took a little revenge on them. Cody Webb pitched a great game and Kollin Stone came in and closed it out. It feels great to be regional champs."
The Rebels advanced to the regional finals, squeezing out a 2-1 ten inning win over host Tuckerman earlier in the day.
Devon Austin picked up the win in relief, working six shutout innings of one-hit ball. The senior right hander whiffed 10 Bulldogs while allowing just two walks. Larry Tilley was the starter for the Rebels, pitching four no-hit innings. Tilley fanned five but battled control problems, walking seven Bobcats while allowing just one run.
Both teams scored runs in the third. Tuckerman got their run on a bases loaded walk by Tilley before the Rebels tied the game 1-1 when Tilley delivered an RBI groundout, scoring Kollin Stone.
Tuckerman got its only hit of the game in the seventh inning on a base hit by Chaylun Dennis. The Rebels plated the game winner in the bottom of the 10th when Tilley produced his second RBI of the game on a fielder's choice groundout.
Garcia and Turner led the Rebels at the plate with two hits apiece, including a double by Turner.