Mohawks end Rebels season
Riverside’s streak of five consecutive regional tournament berths ended on Friday in Walnut Ridge when the Piggott Mohawks clobbered the Rebels 11-1 in the first round of the 3A-3 District Tournament. It marks just the second time in the last six years that Riverside will not be going to the state tournament.
The Rebels and Mohawks began their first-round game on Wednesday but were rained out after just one inning with neither team having scored. The contest resumed Friday afternoon with Piggott batting. The Mohawks quickly put three runs on the board and tacked on two more in the third inning to grab a 5-0 lead. Piggott added three more runs in the fourth when Trey Gossett slammed a one-hop double off the fence, driving in three runs as the Mustangs built an 8-0 advantage. Luke Boyd and John Jones added RBI singles in the fifth as the Mohawks gained a double-digit lead.
The Rebels got on the board in the bottom of the inning when Ryan Austin delivered an RBI double, but the game ended when Izzy Garcia was thrown out at third base.
Josh Lyman pitched five innings to gain the victory for the Mohawks. Lyman scattered eight hits, fanned six and walked two.
McClure was the losing pitcher, going three innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits. The senior southpaw fanned seven and walked three. Dillon Turner pitched two innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits.
Austin finished the day with a double, a single and an RBI. Turner singled and doubled, McClure doubled and scored once while Garcia, Grant Smith, and Demo Bowers all cracked singles.
“There is no good way to end your season, so it’s always hard,” said Riverside Coach Ben Hoggard. “We didn’t play the way we wanted to today. When you don’t play well in the district tournament, you will get beat. I am very proud of my seniors. They have won a ton of games at Riverside. These guys have proved repeatedly that they are winners. They have worked hard in the weight room, in practice and are just really good kids. I am proud to be their coach,” Hoggard said.
The Lady Rebels fell in first round action of the tournament, losing 5-3 to Walnut Ridge. Riverside finished the season with a 7-13 mark.