Manila, Riverside gain split in diamond action

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Riverside's Luke Baker skips away from a pitch during the Rebels game with Manila Tuesday afternoon at Lake City.

Manila dealt Riverside its first loss of the year, handing the Rebels a 4-3 defeat Tuesday afternoon at Lake City. The Lions built a 4-0 lead after three innings, thanks to a two-run single from Brady Clark and an RBI off the bat of Brett Sweatman. The Rebels put together a three run sixth inning, highlighted by Gavin Stone's RBI triple and Larry Tilley's two-run double.

Joel Burrow worked three scoreless innings to pick up the win for the Lions. The junior right hander gave up two hits, fanned two and walked three. Sweatman pitched an inning and a third, allowing one hit and no runs while Abraham Lopez hurled 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits.

Ethan Navarro singled, doubled and scored a run for the Lions while Clark, Brock Birmingham, Jeremiah Perez, Burrow and Lopez all singled.

Manila hurler Abraham Lopez fires a pitch during the Lions 4-3 win over Riverside Tuesday at Lake City.

Izzy Garcia doubled while Luke Baker, Dylan Austin and Hunter Rand all had singles for Riverside. Dillon Turner took the loss.

The two teams met again Friday afternoon at Manila, with the Rebels gaining revenge, posting an 11-4 victory over the Lions. Charlie McClure (2-0) gained the victory for Riverside, working five innings of two-run, two-hit baseball. McClure fanned six and walked four. Tilley and Stone both had a single and a double with Tilley driving in four runs while Stone knocked in two. Austin added a pair of singles while Turner added a double. McClure had an RBI single.

Manila got an RBI double from Clark and a single from Burrow. Navarro took the loss for the Lions.

Hoxie clubbed Manila 14-4 Thursday in 3A-3 conference play. Wesley Wright went 3-4 and drove in three runs while Paul Adamson and James Johnson added two hits apiece to lead the Mustangs. Dylan Littlejohn gained the win.

Sweatman took the loss for the Lions. The junior also led Manila at the plate, going 2-3, including a double and three RBI. Perez, Burrow and Clark all had hits while Levi Stroud added an RBI. Birmingham and Grant Salzer both scored runs.

The Lions lost 14-1 Saturday to undefeated 2A power Woodlawn.

Manila (2-5) will return to action Thursday afternoon when the Lions play host to Trumann in a nonconference game scheduled for noon.

Riverside began the week with a 24-0 shellacking of Marmaduke. The Rebels scored nine runs in the first and added 10 more runs in the fourth. Tilley led the Rebels with three RBI while McClure got the win, striking out seven Greyhounds.

Riverside whipped Marked Tree 11-0 Thursday afternoon at Lake City. Stone earned the win with four innings of one-run ball. Tilley had a pair of hits and four RBI while Stone and Cannon Smith belted two hits apiece. Gavin Lowery suffered the loss for the Indians. Lowery also went 2-2 at the plate.

The Rebels (6-1) will resume play Thursday afternoon at Brookland. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Buffalo Island Central picked up an 8-7 victory over East Poinsett County Tuesday afternoon at Lepanto. The Mustangs scored five runs in the top of the seventh and held on for the victory, despite allowing three Warrior runs in the bottom of the inning. BIC shut out Marmaduke 18-0 Thursday afternoon at Monette. The Mustangs pounded the Greyhounds, scoring 12 first inning runs.

BIC returns to the diamond Tuesday, March 29,, when the Mustangs play host to Cross County in 2A-3 conference action.

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