Rematch for title set for tonight
With the game hinging on what seemed like every pitch, Riverside hung tough to edge Bellefontaine Easton Water 3-2 Wednesday in an Acme baseball winner’s bracket final at Blue Jacket Park.
Riverside’s Trey Long records an out as Bellefontaine’s Cole Braun slides into third base during the Acme sectional tournament winner’s bracket final Wednesday at Blue Jacket Park. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)
The game started Tuesday night, but lightning in the third inning forced it to be suspended until Wednesday.
The Pirates (8-2) appeared unfazed, though, scoring early with timely hitting and gave a strong defensive effort to earn the win and reach the Acme sectional title game.
“We played behind our pitchers and our defense tonight,” said Riverside head coach Bryce Hodge. “Defensively, we played great. That was the best our defense has been all season.
“We also hit the ball when we needed to. It’s great when you have so many good athletes to rely on.”
Bellefontaine rebounded from the loss with a 13-0 win over Indian Lake later in the evening in the loser’s bracket final.
Bellefontaine and Riverside meet again tonight in the Acme sectional final at 6 p.m. Both teams have already advanced to the district tournament.
“To beat Bellefontaine again it’s going to take good pitching and great defense again,” said Hodge. “So far, we’ve played great and we hope that continues.”
“We have to focus more,” said Bellefontaine head coach Brandon Wilson. “I felt we were a little lackadaisical before the game. We have to come back strong.”
On Tuesday, Riverside grabbed a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning
When the game resumed Wednesday, Riverside plated two more runs in the third frame to take a 3-0 advantage. Landon Kelsey hit an RBI double that scored Dillon Roof. Connor Cotterman then kept the momentum rolling with an RBI single that scored Kelsey.
Easton Water fought its way back in the bottom of the third inning. Nick Ruble scored on a sacrifice fly by Cole Braun, which made the score 3-1.
Bellefontaine loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning, but was unable to bring in any runs.
For the full story and game results, pick up a copy of Thursday's Bellefontaine Examiner.
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