Lions, Rebels battle to a split on the diamond

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Riverside runner Braden Overman takes a lead off second base while Manila shortstop Brock Birmingham attempts to hold him close during high school baseball action Tuesday at Manila.

Manila and Riverside split a twin-bill Tuesday afternoon at Lion Field. Manila won the first game, which had been called due to darkness earlier in the season with the score tied 2-2. With two outs in the top of the eighth, Anthony Lopez singled and took second on a throwing error. Abraham Lopez strolled to the plate and laced what proved to be the game winning RBI single up the middle. Abraham Lopez pitched a perfect 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth to pick up the save, preserving the win for the Lions.

In the second game, Riverside bounced back to take a 6-3 victory behind the strong pitching performance of Gavin Stone. Stone fired five shutout innings of two-hit baseball to pick up his third victory of the year. Larry Tilley worked a perfect seventh inning, striking out two to record the save.

The Rebels got on the board first, scoring twice in the second before adding another run in the top of the fifth. Riverside tacked on three more runs in the top of the sixth to increase their lead to 6-0. Manila fought back, scoring three in the bottom of the inning, before Tilley came on in the seventh to close the door.

Rebel relief pitcher Charlie McClure goes into his windup during Riverside's 6-3 victory over the Lions Tuesday afternoon at Manila.

Riverside banged out 12 hits on the day, including a 2-4 performance from Stone, who drove in three of the six Rebel runs. Tilley, Izzy Garcia and Dillon Turner all had two hits apiece.

Michael Jorgensen and Layne Sims both had a pair of singles, an RBI and a run scored. Brock Birmingham and Jeremiah Perez also had base hits for the Lions. Jorgensen pitched the first five innings for Manila and took the loss. Jorgensen allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits, while striking out five and issuing one walk. Brett Sweatman pitched the final two innings, giving up three unearned runs on two hits. The senior righthander fanned three and walked a batter.

Manila began the week with a 14-6 victory Monday at East Poinsett County. Ethan Navarro picked up the win, pitching six innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on just three hits. Navarro struck out seven and walked four. Franklin Patterson pitched one inning, allowing three earned runs on one hit. Birmingham singled, scored once and had three RBI. Patterson had a two-run single and scored twice while Sims had an RBI single and scored a run. Navarro had an RBI single and scored twice. Sweatman delivered an RBI hit while Jorgensen singled and crossed the plate once.

Riverside's Larry Tilley jumps out of the way of an inside pitch as Manila's catcher Brady Clark snags the ball.

The Lions fell 8-1 at Westside Thursday. The Warriors scored three runs in the fifth and added five more in the sixth to pick up the win. Sweatman suffered the loss, working six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. Sweatman struck out six and walked five.

Lopez went a third of an inning, allowing five runs, while Patterson pitched two thirds inning of shutout ball.

Manila got its only run of the game in the fourth inning. Brady Clark led the Lions offensively with a single and a double. Jorgensen, Patterson and Perez all had base hits.

Manila finished the week, shutting out Rector 10-0 Saturday on the road. The Lions clung to a slim 1-0 edge after four innings, but put up six runs in the fifth and added three more in the sixth to close out the game.

Lopez worked five shutout innings of three-hit baseball to earn the victory while Jorgensen finished up with one scoreless inning.

Abraham Lopez went 2-4 with two RBI while Sweatman had a 2-3 day with an RBI and two runs scored. Birmingham finished with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Clark added a two-run single and scored a run while Jorgensen, Navarro and Perez all singled and scored one run apiece.

Manila will begin a busy week Tuesday at Gosnell. The Lions will travel to Dyersburg, Tenn., on Thursday before completing the week by participating in the Easter Slam. Manila will take on Marion Friday and South Gibson Saturday.

Riverside (12-3) will go to Bay Monday afternoon and will host Trumann on Tuesday. The Rebels travel to Rivercrest Thursday and close the week with a home game against 4A Pocahontas on Friday.

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