Riverdale's baseball team won the Region 4-AAA championship game with a 3-2 win over the Lincoln County Falcons on Tuesday night.
Maybe more importantly, the Warriors earn home-field advantage in the sectional round Friday.
“We kind of started questioning ourselves and getting down on ourselves (at the end of the season),” Riverdale winning pitcher Benjamin Wilson said. “We made the Blackman game too hyped and paid the consequences. We now have a saying positive vibes. We celebrate the little things and that’s what has got us back up and going.”
Wilson threw five excellent innings in the win for Riverdale, facing just three above the minimum and yielding only one hit and one earned run. Aside from an error in the third, Wilson retired the final 15 batters he faced.
“It was my teammates,” Wilson said. “I was struggling (at first) and my teammates kept telling me to keep doing my thing and that kept me up.”
Lincoln County opened the scoring in the first when Devin Gifford reached on the lone hit Wilson gave up and was driven in by Ryan McAdams on a fielder’s choice.
Riverdale answered immediately on a similar play, as Johnny Powers knocked in Jay Shiarla to tie the game at one. Leadoff hitter Shiarla accounted for two of the Warriors’ runs, one scored and one batted in.
“My goal (as leadoff) is to get on base every time,” Shiarla said. “I don’t think too big, just trying to get on and score. Give the other players opportunities.”
The Warriors took a 2-1 lead in the second on an RBI base hit by Paxton Hughes, knocking in Nolan Melton.
In the top of the third, the Falcons tied the game back up with Gifford’s second run of the night on another fielder’s choice. Gifford reached on an error and advanced to third on a second error setting up the score.
Riverdale got the game winner in the bottom fourth when pinch runner Eli Delk came in on Shiarla’s base hit.