Rebels close week with win over EPC

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Riverside catcher Grayson Emery finishes warming up Rebel pitcher Izzy Garcia during Friday afternoon's game against East Poinsett County. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

Riverside capped off a rainy week on the baseball field with a 5-1 victory over East Poinsett County Friday afternoon at Lake City.

Senior righthander Izzy Garcia picked up the win, working five innings, allowing one earned run while striking out four hitters. Charlie McClure finished the game, pitching two shutout innings while compiling three strikeouts.

Garcia helped himself at the plate, cracking a pair of RBI singles while scoring a run. Justin Berry laced a pair of singles and scored once. Senior Dillon Turner blasted an RBI triple while freshman Grayson Emery drilled an RBI single. Ryan Austin singled and scored a run, Keech Wilmoth delivered an RBI while Demo Bowers crossed the plate once.

Rebel right-hander Izzy Garcia follows through on a pitch in Riverside's 5-1 victory over East Poinsett County Friday at Lake City.

Riverside began the week, dropping a tough 5-4 decision Monday at Piggott. The Rebels led 4-0 entering the fifth inning, but watched the host Mohawks rally, scoring four runs to tie the game. Piggott scored what proved to be the game winning run in the bottom of the sixth.

Josh Lymans worked the final three and one third innings to pick up the victory in relief for the Mohawks. Dylan Bellers paced Piggott at the plate, going 3-4.

McClure absorbed the loss, going five and one third innings. The senior southpaw gave up five runs, three earned, while allowing six hits. McClure fanned eight and walked one. Turner pitched an inning and two-thirds of shutout ball, allowing only one hit while striking out two.

Riverside first baseman Keech Wilmoth holds an EPC runner close during high school baseball action Friday at Lake City.

Bowers had a pair of singles, an RBI and a run scored while McClure produced a two-run single. Austin cracked an RBI single, Turner singled, doubled and scored a run while Emery belted a single and scored once. Wilmoth had a base hit while Hunter Swaim scored a run.

Riverside traveled to Gosnell Tuesday and fell 4-2 to the Pirates behind the pitching of Andy Roberts. Roberts struck out 11 Rebel batters to pick up the win.

Gosnell trailed 2-1 entering the fifth inning but scored twice to take a 3-2 lead. The Pirates added an insurance run in the sixth to close out the victory.

Riverside runner Ryan Austin dives back to first base on an attempted pickoff Friday at Lake City.

Turner suffered the loss in relief. Turner pitched an inning and a third, allowing two runs. Austin got the start and went three and a third innings, giving up one run while striking out four.

Berry doubled, tripled, and drove in both Riverside runs. Wilmoth and Bowers both singled and scored runs while Austin and McClure belted base hits.

Riverside traveled to Corning Thursday and squeaked out a 6-5 victory over the Bobcats in an extra inning affair that went nine innings.

Wilmoth drove in the game winning run with an RBI double in the top of the ninth. Austin got the win in relief, pitching three and two-thirds innings, allowing just one run. Turner got the start and worked five and one third innings, allowing three earned runs while fanning four.

Garcia belted a single and a double while driving in two runs and scoring once. Turner slammed a single and a double and added an RBI. Berry drilled a pair of singles and drove in a run. Bowers was a perfect 4-4 at the plate, all singles and scored once. McClure, Austin, and Emery all singled and scored one run apiece.

Riverside returns to the diamond Monday when they travel to Walnut Ridge. The Rebels will host powerhouse Woodlawn Tuesday at Lake City. Riverside will entertain Manila in a key conference game Thursday afternoon before closing the week with a home game Friday against Armorel.

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