After jumping out to a 7-0 lead, host Riverside held off a late-inning Bethel rally to post a 7-5 win in the first round of the Div. IV baseball tournament Wednesday.
Dallas Daniels (pictured) started the game on the mound for the Pirates and worked five innings to pick up the win. He did not allow a base runner past second base in his first four innings on the hill.
After a scoreless top half of the first, Pirate lead-off man and team spark plug Dustin Proffitt led off the bottom of the first with a single, and later scored on Landon Kelsey's sac fly to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Following a scoreless second inning in which the Pirates loaded the bases but failed to capitalize, Coach Scott Mann called the Pirates together in front of the dugout and rather than admonish them, gave instructions to "loosen up"', forget about tournament baseball, and have some fun.
Riverside responded with a six-run outburst taking advantage of a walk, a hit batsman, and five straight singles to grab a 7-0 lead going into the fourth.
Daniels held the Bees scoreless again in the fourth but gave up two runs, only one of which was earned, in the fifth, before surrendering the ball and a 7-2 lead over to Proffitt, who pitched the final two innings to seal the win.
The Bees took advantage of two hits and two Riverside errors in the sixth to climb within two runs at 7-5, but with the bases loaded, centerfielder Jake Herron made a spectacular diving catch to end the threat and keep the hosts up two runs.
Proffitt and the Pirates closed out the Bees in the seventh, allowing a mere single before closing the game with a ground out to second to end the game.
With the win, the Pirates advance to play Lehman, which downed Botkins Wednesday, in the second round of the tourney.
Again, Daniels got the win on the mound, striking out four - three in the third inning alone - and scattering four hits.
Riverside is now 17-8 on the year.
Riverside Coach Scott Man recaps the win with Tom Stephens.
The West Liberty-Salem varsity baseball team defeated National Trail 13-8 in tournament play.
Cole Wilson tallied 3 RBIs and Grant Burden, Kyle Crawford, and Spencer Whitcraft each contributed 2 RBIs.
From the mound, Wilson picked up the win in relief. He worked the final three innings and struck out three.
Other baseball tournament finals:
Triad beat Northridge 5-2.
Versailles shut out Anna 7-0.
Lehman outscored Botkins 11-5.
Russia edged Covington 2-1 in eight innings.
Ft. Loramie blanked Springfield Catholic 10-0.
Miami East handled Northwestern 10-0.
Southeastern defeated Xenia Christian 7-5.
Cedarville outscored Tri-Village 11-7.
Softball tournament finals:
West Liberty-Salem fell to Versailles 12-9 in nine innings.
Brookville beat Anna 5-1.
BPD defeated Thompson Electric (no score reported).
Doby Orahood struck out 14.
Jarrid Baughman had two hits with a home run.
Jeremy Baughman and T.J. Currence each recorded three hits.
Bellefontaine #1 McDonald's lost to West Liberty #2 10-6.
Derek Levan, Caleb Smith, and Kaidon Davis-Hughes combined for eleven strikeouts.
Catcher Nick Doland played excellent defense.
Doland led the offense with two hits and two RBIs. Davis-Hughes had a hit, five stolen bases, and scored twice.
Farm League Baseball:
AcuSport defeated Lee’s Roofing 8-1.
Ethan Moore pitched five innings with 13 Ks.
Connor Rose pitched well in relief.
Jon Kinchen led the offense with two hits.
Washington #1 TJ's Detailing beat West Liberty #3 12-7.
Kale Long and Hayden Pummell teamed up for 12 strikeouts.
Nate Cummins was 2-for-2 with a double.
Pummel, Carter Even, Ethan Snapp, Kaleb Schindewolf, and Carter Burnside added hits.
For West Liberty, Strapp had a triple.
Washington #2 outscored Rushsylvania #2 13-6.
Reece Lensman belted a home run, Kyle LeVan had a triple and two RBIs, Josh Staley recorded a double and two RBIs, and Jacob Huhn added a hit.
Huntsville #2 Woody's Diner outscored Rushsylvania #2 21-18.
Avery Pequignot smacked a home run.
Brody Black and Tyler Tidwell each had a triple.
Kadin Howard, Matthew Culp, Carson Clary, and Griffin Schaub each had doubles.
Cameron Finfrock tallied three hits and scored three runs.
West Libery Acrux 14U lost to Bellefontaine 18-17.
Laura Neer had eleven strikeouts.
Dierdre McGill and Abby Dillon each had four hits, Carrington Cordeiro delivered three hits, and Taylor Henault and Courtney Neer each added two hits.
In 10U, DeGraff #2 Rexer-Riggin-Madden Funeral Home beat Bellefontaine Dental 4-2.
Angela Walter earned the win.