Stone pitches Riverside past BIC
Riverside right hander Gavin Stone fired a complete game three-hit shutout, striking out seven batters as the Rebels defeated Buffalo Island Central 8-0 Monday afternoon at Lake City.
Stone was efficient all afternoon, throwing just 80 pitches, 61 for strikes. The Rebels got on the board early, scoring five times in the first inning. Matthew Fraser and Larry Tilley both had three hits apiece for the Rebels, with each player having two singles and a double. Fraser scored a run and drove in a pair while Tilley scored a run and had one RBI. Stone helped his own cause, going 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Luke Baker banged out a pair of singles, scored once and had an RBI while Dillon Turner also cracked a pair of singles. Chandler Tate added a single and a run scored. Charlie McClure also scored once for the Rebels.
Canon Walling socked a pair of singles for BIC while Dax Hurst also had a hit.
BIC (11-4, 10-2 2A-3) bounced back with an 8-7 victory over Rector Thursday afternoon at Monette. The Cougars jumped to a 5-1 lead, but the Mustangs fought back, scoring twice in the fourth before tacking on single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to tie the contest 5-5.
Bryce Towery's two-out RBI single tied the game and sent the two teams into extra innings. Rector quickly scored two unearned runs in the top of the eighth to grab a 7-5 advantage, but the Mustangs rallied once again, coming up with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to pull out the victory.
BIC's first run during their winning rally came on an RBI off the bat of Evan Sanders. Andrew McFarlin tied the game with a fielder's choice grounder. The Mustangs loaded the bases and got the game winner home when Chayse Carmichael was hit by a pitch, forcing in the winning run.
Brandon Towery went the distance to gain the victory, pitching all eight innings, allowing nine hits while striking out 10 Cougars. Sanders finished with three hits and an RBI while Walling also raked a pair of hits.
BIC returns to the diamond as the number two seed in this week's 2A-3 district tournament at Marked Tree.