Riverdale baseball falls 2-1 in state tournament opener

Riverdale’s Jay Shirala hits the ball hard as he drives it down the middle of the field. ETHAN SCOTT

Riverdale starter Joey Mitchell tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run, one-hit ball, but the Warriors couldn’t get the bats going in a 2-1 loss in the first game of the state tournament at Mack Hawk Field at Oakland High School on Tuesday .

“There was two good teams and two good guys on the mound,” Riverdale coach Barry Messer said. “I told Joey (Mitchell) ‘you can’t ask for more than that. When you go into a state tournament game and say your pitcher’s going to throw a one-hitter you’ll take it every time.”

With a runner on third and one out in the sixth inning, Bradley Central first baseman Jake Thompson doubled to left field for the Bears' first hit of the ballgame, making it 1-0. With two outs in the inning, the Bears added a second run off of a botched pop fly.

Riverdale didn’t go quietly in the seventh, however, scoring its first run of the day off of a two-out hit to right by Brayden Siren. The Warriors were able to get the tying run to third and the winning run to second base, but Bradley Central starter Riley Black struck out Johnny Powers on a slider to end it.

Riverdale will face Arlington Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Mack Hawks Field.

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