Rebels punch ticket to state tournament with win over Mountain View
Riverside used the homerun ball to double up Mountain View 8-4 in the rain delayed first round of the 3A Regional Baseball Tournament Saturday afternoon at Manila. The victory punches Riverside’s ticket to this week’s state tournament at Harrison. It’s the Rebels’ third consecutive state tournament appearance and fourth in the last five years.
The Yellowjackets got on the board first with a run in the top of the opening inning, but Riverside used the long ball to score four times in the bottom of the frame. Gavin Stone blasted a three-run dinger to put the Rebels on top 3-1 before Larry Tilley followed with a solo shot, giving Riverside a 4-1 lead.
Stone came up again the second inning and slammed his second homer of the game to push the Rebel lead to 6-1. Mountain View’s Trevor Leonard hammered a two-run Johnson in the fourth inning to cut the Rebel lead in half, 6-3. Riverside answered with an RBI groundout by Cannon Smith to go ahead 7-3.
Tilley uncorked a wild pitch, allowing a Yellowjacket run in the fifth, slicing the Rebel lead to 7-4. Izzy Garcia’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning put Riverside back up four runs. Tilley shut out Mountain View over the final two innings as the Rebels advanced to Monday’s semifinals against host Manila.
Tilley went the distance, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits. The senior righty struck out eight and walked just one. Stone finished 2-3 with five RBI and three runs scored. Garcia had a two-hit day with an RBI and two runs scored. Preston Nichols singled twice, scored twice and stole a base. Tilley was 1-3 with a run scored and a stolen base while Dillon Turner, Matthew Fraser and Braden Overman all had hits.