Rivers Riders drop game in sudden death to JC Doughboys

Published 11:04 am Monday, July 24, 2023

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By Ron Marvel
Star Correspondent
The All-Star Break couldn’t be coming at a better time for the River Riders who just can not seem to buy a break right now, losers of six of their last seven games they would drop this one in sudden death 6-6 to the Doughboys. The River Riders would seem to be in command going into the sixth inning of a seven-inning Sunday affair but as has been the case recently they just could not hold onto their late lead. The game would be noted for nine walks issued by River Riders pitchers.
Dylan Knowles would kick things off in the first inning scoring off a fielding error off the glove of Doughboy shortstop Cody Miller to make it 1-0.  They would pad that lead in the bottom of the third when Hayden Moore would single to right to plate DJ Dilehay to make it 3-0. This would come after a steal of home base by the speedy Trey Fenderson. The River Riders would then pick up another run in the bottom of the fifth off a Kade Huff base hit that was scorched to left field bringing home Moore.
The top of sixth would be where things would get off track for the River Riders; after a couple of walks and a called strikeout, Doughboy Cody Miller would bounce a ball off the left-field wall for a double, scoring two runs and cutting the River Riders margin in half. After the River Riders pitching change, Doughboy Jack Pokorak would hit another double to left to score Miller and then River Riders pitcher Hunter Porter would issue three back-to-back walks to plate Pokorak. The River Riders would get out of the inning after Braden Spano would line out to center fielder Skylar King but the game would stand tied at four all.
The Doughboys would take a two-run lead in the top of the seventh fueled by a couple of singles, a couple of walks and a fielding error at shortstop. However, the River Riders would rally in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game up. DJ Dilehay would start the inning off by getting hit by a pitch, followed up by a Knowles single that would bring home Dilehay. Hayden Moore would then be called out on strikes; this call would lead to the ejection of three River Rider players, including Moore, pitching coach Joshua Chalupa and pitcher John Harrick. Once order was restored, Keaton Cottam would walk and then Xavier Cintron would hit a liner to the gap in left-center scoring Knowles and tying the game at six all but Cottam would be thrown out at the plate on a bang-bang play to end the inning.
Doughboys Logan Sutter would hit a walk-off single in sudden death to end the game, dropping the River Riders to 19-20 on the season heading into the break. Trey Fenderson, Will Bolinger, Turner Swistak, and Pablo Torres were named as All-Stars for the Appalachian League All-Star game; it will be held at Hunter Wright Stadium Stadium on Tuesday at 7 pm. The River Riders will return to action on Wednesday, traveling to Danville to play the Otterbots.

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