Rebels clinch conference title with 5-4 win over Westside
Riverside clinched the 3A-4A blended conference baseball championship with a 5-4 victory over Westside Tuesday at Lake City.
The Rebels scored a run in the first inning on Larry Tilley’s RBI single, scoring Preston Nichols, who led off the game with a base hit. Westside tied the game with a run in the third, but Riverside put together a four-run rally in the fourth frame, highlighted by Izzy Garcia’s bases loaded double. Cannon Smith got the rally started with a single. Braden Overman followed with a base hit before Charlie McClure belted an RBI single, plating Smith to break the tie. After Nichols’ second hit of the game, Garcia hammered his bases clearing two-bagger.
The Warriors answered with three runs in the top of the fifth, but could get no closer the rest of the way.
Gavin Stone gained the victory, pitching six innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs. The senior righthander struck out eight and walked two. McClure pitched the seventh inning to pick up the save, allowing no hits and one walk.
Nichols and Stone both had two hits for Riverside while Garcia, Tilley, Smith, Overman and McClure all had a hit apiece.
The Rebels began the week with a 4-2 win over Rivercrest Monday at Wilson. Riverside scored single runs in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings to take a 4-0 lead. The Colts got their only two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but their rally fell short.
Tilley went the distance on the mound for the Rebels to pick up the victory. Tilley allowed just three hits and two unearned runs. The senior righty struck out 13 Colts and issued three walks.
Stone legged out a pair of triples and scored twice while Tilley had two singles and an RBI. Matthew Fraser had a pair of base hits and scored once. McClure and Cannon Smith drove in runs with singles while Dillon Turner added a base hit and Aaron Smith scored a run.
Riverside shutout Buffalo Island Central for the second time in a week, whitewashing the Mustangs 6-0 Wednesday at Monette. The Rebels scored three runs in the first before adding three more in the seventh.
Turner earned the win, pitching five shutout innings, allowing only one hit while fanning five. Fraser fired two shutout innings of two-hit ball to finish the game. Fraser struck out three Mustangs.
Fraser led the Rebels at the plate with a single, a double and two RBI. Stone delivered an RBI double and scored a pair of runs. Tilley laced an RBI single while Garcia singled and scored twice. Nichols crossed the plate two times.
BIC got a single and a double from Canon Walling while Dax Hurst added a base hit. Gavin Gathright started for the Mustangs and absorbed the loss. Gathright pitched just one inning before leaving with an injury. Gathright allowed two hits, three runs and walked two. Kaleb Dublin, making his first appearance on the mound this year, fired 5 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Dublin walked four and struck out three. Andrew McFarlin pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing one walk, no runs and no hits.
Riverside fell 6-5 Thursday at Brookland. The Bearcats got three runs in the first, but the Rebels fought back, getting a single run in the third, two in the fourth and a run in the fifth to grab a 4-3 edge. Brookland quickly answered with a run in the fifth to tie the game, before scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. Riverside scored once in the top of the seventh but came up short.
McClure pitched five innings, allowing nine hits and three runs. Nichols suffered the loss, giving up three hits and three runs in one inning of work.
Turner led the Rebels offensively with two singles, a double, two RBI and a run scored. Tilley socked a single, a double and scored twice. Cannon Smith and McClure both cracked RBI singles while Stone and Overman both singled and scored runs. Fraser also had a base hit while Nichols picked up an RBI.
Brandon Glenn went the final two innings to gain the win for the Bearcats. Landon Jones slammed a homerun while going 3-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to top Brookland’s offensive charge. Jake Algee also had a big day at the plate, going 4-4 with two doubles.
Riverside (18-5) will open district tournament play at home as the number one seed Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The Rebels face fourth seeded Hoxie.