Rebels improve to 8-2 on the diamond

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Riverside breezed through the week, picking up three more victories on the diamond before coming up a run short to Southside Bee Branch in the finals of the White County Central Tournament Saturday at Pangburn.

Riverside began the week by smoking Osceola 13-7 Monday on the road. Senior Izzy Garcia came within one hit of the cycle by delivering a single, a double and a triple to lead the Rebel offense. Garcia finished the day with four RBI and scored three runs. Dillon Turner also had three hits, all singles, with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Grayson Emery singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice while Charlie McClure doubled in a run and crossed the plate four times. Hunter Swaim belted a double, Ryan Austin scored once and drove in a run while Keech Wilmoth had an RBI. J.M. Shiinall scored a run.

Austin picked up the win on the mound, working six innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out eight Seminoles. Jacob Thomas threw one inning, allowing five runs, three earned.

The Rebels shut out Bay 5-0 Tuesday at Lake City as McClure fired a complete game whitewash while fanning nine Yellowjackets. Austin delivered a two-run single, Justin Berry laced an RBI single and scored a run while Emery cracked a run scoring single. Turner belted a double and scored once, Demo Bowers singled while Willmoth scored twice. Garcia also scored a run.

The Rebels thrashed Hoxie 11-1 Thursday at Lake City. Three Rebel pitchers combined on the five-hitter. Turner picked up the win, pitching two innings, allowing one unearned run and two hits while fanned a batter. Garcia threw two shutout innings, striking out one and walking two. Thomas finished the game with a shutout inning of three hit ball.

McClure delivered the big hit of the game by smashing a two-run homer and scoring twice. Turner went 2-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Emery singled, doubled and drove in a run while Berry laced a run scoring single and scored once. Garcia had a base hit and crossed the plate twice, Swaim and Bowers both had two RBI each and scored runs while Austin singled and scored once. Willmoth scored a run.

After advancing to Saturday’s WCC Tournament finals, Riverside dropped a close 2-1 decision to Southside Bee Branch. Garcia suffered the loss, working four innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out five batters. Turner finished the game, pitching two shutout innings.

McClure drove in Riverside’s lone run with an RBI single. Turner had a pair of base hits while Willmoth belted a single and scored once.

Riverside advanced to the finals by squeezing past Midland 3-2. Turner picked up the win, working three shutout innings while striking out two. McClure pitched three and 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run while fanning five batters. Thomas pitched a third of an inning, allowing one run.

Turner and Austin both had three singles a piece and added an RBI each to pace the Rebel offense. Garcia had a pair of singles, Berry singled and scored once, Bowers had a base knock while McClure and Michael Casey both scored runs.

The Rebels began the tournament with a 4-2 victory over Des Arc. Austin improved to 3-1 on the season, pitching six innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out five and walking two. Emery led Riverside at the plate, going 3-3 while scoring a run. Wilmoth banged a two-run single, Turner lined a single and scored a run while Braden Gyngard scored twice.

The Rebels return to the diamond Tuesday afternoon in the Riverside Tournament. The Rebels will take on Paragould at 2:00 before facing Tuckerman in a scheduled 4:30 game.

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