POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --- The Three Rivers baseball team finished the 2014 regular season tied for the third best record in Region 16 at 15-13. A tie-breaker determined the seeding for the 2014 Region 16 tournament, to be held in Joplin, Mo. May 7-11, and the Raiders will enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed.
The Raiders are scheduled to play Maple Woods (No. 5) on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Joplin Athletic Complex located at 3301 West First Street.
If the Raiders win, they will play the winner of Jefferson College (No. 1) and St. Charles (No. 8) on Thursday at 4 p.m.
If the Raiders lose their first game on Wednesday, they will play the loser of Jefferson and St. Charles on Thursday at 10 a.m.
Crowder College and St. Louis Community College are the second and third seeds of the tournament, while Mineral Area College and North Central Missouri College are the sixth and seventh seeds.
The championship game will be held on Sunday, May 11.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --- The Lady Raiders finished-up a successful season at the Region 16 tournament in Columbia, Mo. on April 25-27. Three Rivers lost in the Region 16 championship game to Jefferson College to finish in second place in the region and with an overall record of 42-18.
Also at the tournament, the all-region teams were announced. Seven Lady Raiders were honored with all-team selections for their performances on the diamond. Sophomores Jessica Menz, Hali Rendleman and Taylor Friend and freshman Demesha Huddleston were named to the first team while sophomores Sam Herweck, Shannon Perrigo, and Savanna Ayers were named to the second team.
The black and gold started off in top form getting two wins on day one of the tournament. Three Rivers defeated Maple Woods, 10-2, and Jefferson College, 6-2, with efficient pitching performances and a high-powered offense.
The Lady Raiders put up 10 runs on nine hits against the Lady Monarchs in game one of the tournament. Right fielder Huddleston had a two-RBI double in the contest and center fielder Rendleman went 2-3 at the plate with two runs scored and two stolen bases.
Perrigo was in control on the mound, earning her tenth victory of the season allowing five hits and one walk, and striking out one in her three innings of work. Freshman Erika Engleman provided two innings of shutout relief as the Lady Raiders took the win in five innings.
In game two against Jefferson, the Lady Raiders won in extra innings, breaking-up a 2-2 tie by scoring four runs in the eighth inning. The catcher Menz led the way offensively going 2-4 with one RBI. Elfrink drove in two in the last inning with a double while Friend got the win on the bump for the Lady Raiders. Friend pitched all eight innings, scattering seven hits and fanning one.
Three Rivers split on the second day of the tournament, defeating Crowder College, 4-1, but falling to Jefferson, 4-0.
Huddleston was a perfect 3-3 with two RBI at the plate against the Lady ‘Riders. The freshman smashed a double and two homeruns in the contest to help the Lady Raiders to their third victory of the tournament.
Friend recorded her 25th win of the year against Crowder, pitching all seven innings and giving up just three hits while striking out three.
Against Jefferson, the Lady Raiders struggled to get their offense going. Menz, Huddleston, Elfrink and Ayers each had singles in the game, but Three Rivers committed three errors and ultimately was shut out by the Vikings.
Friend suffered the loss, allowing seven hits and two walks in her seven innings of work.
The Lady Raiders would have a chance at revenge, however, as the team was set to meet the Vikings for the title on day three of the tournament.
Three Rivers got on the board first 1-0 in the second inning of the championship game, thanks to Perrigo, who was playing first base. Perrigo went 2-3 on the day with a single and a double.
But errors once again hurt the Lady Raiders. The black and gold had four costly miscues that resulted in two unearned runs for Jefferson. The Vikings added two runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings to defeat the Lady Raiders, 6-1, and win the 2014 Region 16 championship.
Friend took the loss, just her 12th of the year out of 37 starts, giving up eight hits and striking-out one.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --- The Raiders baseball team won an important Region XVI series against visiting rival Crowder College over the weekend. Three Rivers swept the No. 11 Roughriders on Friday, 7-6 and 8-0, and split with Crowder on Saturday to take the four-game series and improve to 20-18 overall and 14-10 in the region.
With the three wins, Three Rivers handed the Roughriders their first regional series defeat, just their second shutout loss of the year (the first came against No. 9 Iowa Western), and their first loss to the run rule.
The three hard-fought victories also brought a lot of excitement and emotion to players and fans alike at Roger Pattillo Field. The Raiders capitalized on the weekend’s momentum with a sweep of Williams Baptist JV on Monday, also at Pattillo Field. Three Rivers defeated the Eagles, 10-3 and 11-0, improving to 22-18 on the year.
Only one Region XVI series remains on the Raiders’ 2014 schedule. Three Rivers will face St. Louis Community College in a four-game series this weekend. The Archers are 24-16 overall but just 9-12 in the region.
Series recap vs. Crowder
Friday, April 18
Game 1, W, 7-6
Dylan Slayton earned the start against Crowder, and proved worthy of the call by recording his fifth straight victory. The freshman lefty pitched 6.1 innings, scattered four hits and struck-out four to remain unbeaten on the season.
The Raiders' bats got hot in the fourth inning of game one when the team piled on five runs. Sophomores Jake Nickelson and Alec Pender led the way at the plate going 2-3 and 1-3 respectively. The catcher Nickelson had a double while the outfielder Pender had a triple and drove in two runs.
Freshmen middle infielders Kevin Rosario and Tito Ovalle also contributed in the win. They each stole a base and Rosario went 2-4 at the plate while Ovalle was 1-4 with one RBI.
The Raiders led Crowder 7-3 going into to final inning, but the Roughriders made things interesting by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh. But sophomore Jamie Middleton, who relieved Slayton, minimized the damage and netted his first save of the year.
Game 2, W, 8-0
Not satisfied with just one win on the day, the Raiders poured on the offense in the nightcap. Three Rivers scored eight runs on 14 hits, with three runs coming off of the bat of freshman Kelvin Flores. Flores (pictured) was a perfect 4-4 at the plate against Crowder, with a double and two home runs. The 6'4" first baseman from New York City had a two-run shot in the second to put the Raiders up 2-0, and a solo homer in the fourth that put the Raiders on top 3-0.
Defensively, freshman Keven Long pitched a gem against the Roughriders. The right-hander from Plant City, Fla. allowed just two hits in his eight innings of work and improved to 7-1 on the year.
Freshman Santos Duran added insult to injury in the seventh when he smashed a two-run no-doubter to right center. Finally, the Raiders put the nails in the coffin by scoring three runs in the eighth, thanks in part to a two-RBI single by Ovalle (3-5) which ended the contest and delivered to Crowder not only their first sweep but also their first run-rule loss this season. It was only the second time Crowder had been shut out all year.
Saturday April 19
Game 3, L, 6-7
On Saturday, the Raiders went right back to work. Although they trailed by four runs going into the home half of the seventh, the Raiders never quit, putting up three runs in a thrilling attempt at the come-from-behind victory. Three Rivers had a chance at the win with runners on second and third and just one out in the final inning. But freshman Kody Moore popped-up to shallow center and sophomore Jared Pruett lined out to first base to end the game.
Middleton started the game for Three Rivers and fell to 1-4 on the year, allowing six hits and four walks in his five innings of work.
Offensively, the freshmen duo from Oran, Mo., Moore and Alex Heuring, took charge. The catcher Heuring was 2-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. The third baseman Moore also added two RBI, going 1-4 at the plate.
Rosario tacked-on two more hits in the series while Pender added a double and one RBI. Sophomore Dylan Witthoft chipped-in two hits, one RBI and a stolen base in the loss.
Game 4, W, 2-1
In the final game of the series, Three Rivers trailed Crowder 1-0 for the majority of the contest, and it looked like the two teams would split the series until Rosario walked up to the plate with Moore on board in the bottom of the eighth. Rosario sent a 2-0 fastball into the bullpen in right field to give the Raiders a chance at the victory, and the series.
Freshman Cole Boardman took the mound in the top of the ninth and got a strike-out and two pop-ups to end the game and secure the win. The right-hander pitched the final two and two-thirds innings after coming in to relieve starter Hermen Ilarraza, and scattered three hits, walked none and fanned two on his way to his third victory of the season.
Next up, the Raiders will travel to St. Louis on Thursday to face the Archers in a 1 p.m. doubleheader. Then, on Saturday, St. Louis Community College will visit Pattillo Field for a doubleheader, also beginning at 1 p.m.
Three Rivers will conclude its season with its final home game on Tuesday, April 29 against John A. Logan and then will play its final game of the regular season at Dyersburg State on Wednesday, April 30.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo.--- Freshmen Callie Stanhouse and Tyler Albright gave the Three Rivers rodeo team an exciting finish to the season. The rodeo team concluded its 2013-14 Ozark Region schedule at the University of Tennessee at Martin's 46th annual spring college rodeo.
Stanhouse won third in the long round of goat tying with a 7.1-second run while Albright won the short round of bull riding with a 79-point ride. Stanhouse finished fourth overall in the standings for the year, and Albright finished in tenth. Raider bull rider Denton Fugate finished the season in fourth-place.
Overall, the Raiders' men's team finished in tenth place and the women's team finished in seventh place.
"It has been a great year, and we are looking forward to next fall to start the 2014-2015 college rodeo year," said Head Coach Cale Emmett. "Many members of the Raider rodeo team will be competing this summer at professional rodeos, including in Sikeston, and other rodeos all over the country, preparing for next season. Be watching for Raider team members at rodeos in our area."
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --- The Three Rivers softball team continued its winning ways over the weekend, sweeping North Central Missouri College at Trenton, Mo. On Friday, the Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Pirates, 8-7 and 3-1. On Saturday, the black and gold downed NCMC 3-2 and 9-1. Strong pitching was the story of both days, and helped to improve Three Rivers’ record to 29-14 overall and 12-6 in Region 16.
Friday, April 11
Game 1, Win, 8-7
Sophomore Taylor Friend was the winning pitcher of game one between the Lady Raiders and Lady Pirates. Friend struck out six and scattered seven hits on her way to the complete, seven-inning victory. The win marked her sixteenth of the year.
The Lady Raiders got in a hole quickly against NCMC, trailing 5-2 after just two innings. But then Three Rivers chipped-away at NCMC’s lead, scoring one run in the third, three in the fifth and two in the seventh to secure the win.
Shannon Perrigo led the way offensively going 3-4 at the plate and driving in four runs. Friend also helped herself out with a 3-4 plate appearance, two runs scored, an RBI and a double.
Game 2, Win, 3-1
Three Rivers won another close battle in the nightcap of Friday’s double header against the Lady Pirates. The Lady Raiders scored three runs on nine hits, with all of the scoring coming in the first two innings, and then held on for the win.
Perrigo, a sophomore, got the victory on the mound, her sixth of the season, fanning nine and allowing just three walks and seven hits in her seven innings of work.
Third baseman Jessica Menz went 2-4 in the box, knocking-in two runs and stealing a base while catcher Savanna Ayers was 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Perrigo was a perfect 3-3 at the plate in the game.
Game 3, Win, 3-2
In the first game of Saturday’s double-header, the Lady Raiders had an exciting extra-innings win. Three Rivers trailed 1-0 until the sixth inning when the team scored two runs to take the lead. Then, in the seventh, NCMC pushed a run across the plate to tie it up 2-2. The black and gold wasted no time in extras, putting up a run in the bottom of the eighth for the walk-off win.
Menz and Friend each hit solo homeruns in the game while, on the bump, Friend secured her seventeenth win of the year, going all eight innings, scattering eight hits and two walks and striking out three.
Freshman outfielder Karisa Coleman drove in the winning run in the eighth with a single that scored pinch runner Alexa Stockton from second.
Game 4, Win, 9-1
In the final game of the series, the Lady Raiders posted eleven hits, all singles, on their way to a 9-1 victory over the Lady Pirates. Three Rivers broke-open the game with a five-run fifth inning, and also took advantage of six NCMC errors.
Perrigo was the winner of game four, improving to 7-4 on the season, thanks to a three-hit performance on the mound.
Friend was 3-3 with two runs scored and Coleman was 2-4 with a run scored.
Both Ayers and freshman outfielder Demesha Huddleston were 2-3 with one run scored each. Huddleston also chipped-in a stolen base.
The Lady Raiders will travel to Park Hills on Thursday for a double header against Mineral Area College beginning at 2 p.m. Then, Three Rivers will host its last homestand of the season against MCC-Maple Woods. Action at Rains Field on Friday begins at 2 p.m. while the double header on Saturday will start at noon.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --- The Three Rivers Raiders (16-12, 12-8) split their series with Region 16 rival Mineral Area College over the weekend. The black and gold swept the Cardinals on Saturday in Park Hills, Mo., 5-0 and 9-8. But back at home on Sunday, the Raiders dropped the pair, 6-5 and 11-4.
April 5, Saturday
Game 1, W 5-0
In game one, Dylan Slayton improved to 4-0 on the mound with a complete-game shutout. The freshman lefty allowed just two hits in seven innings of work, and fanned six.
Offensively, freshman shortstop Kevin Rosario was 1-4 with two RBI while freshman first baseman Kelvin Flores and sophomore second baseman Jared Pruett each chipped-in one RBI. Flores went 1-3 at the plate with a walk, while Pruett was 1-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base.
Game 2, W 9-8
The Raiders won a close game in game two against the Cardinals, tacking on a run in the top of the ninth to get the victory and complete the sweep on the day. Three Rivers put up an impressive 17 hits in the game, with five Raiders having two or more hits in the contest.
Freshman Alex Heuring was a perfect 4-4 at the plate, and his two-run blast in the fifth tied the game at 6 apiece. The 6’4” catcher from Oran, Mo. also had a stolen base in the game.
Rosario had another strong performance offensively, driving in one run, lining two doubles and stealing a bag to go 3-5 in the game and 4-9 on the day. Rosario’s single in the sixth put the Raiders up 7-6.
Also contributing in the win were outfielder Santos Duran (3-5 with a stolen base) and third baseman Tito Ovalle (2-4 with a walk).
Flores (1-3) and sophomore Dylan Witthoft (2-4, three runs scored) each added one RBI. Sophomore Alec Pender split the gap and knocked-in the winning run with a two-out double in the ninth that scored Witthoft from second.
Freshman Cole Boardman earned the win on the bump for Three Rivers, pitching a shutout eighth and ninth innings. Matt Ulrich started the game and pitched three and one-third innings before being relieved by Jaime Middleton for three and two-thirds innings.
April 6, Sunday
Game 3, L 6-5
After taking two from Mineral Area on Saturday at Park Hills, the Raiders returned home to Pattillo Field on Sunday. In game one of Sunday’s double header, Three Rivers got in the hole quickly, trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning, but with one swing of the bat, Duran tied the game up at 2-2 with a two-run shot, his second and the team’s twelfth homerun of the season.
The Raiders then put up three runs in the second to go ahead 5-3, leading MAC until the sixth inning when the Cardinals took a one-run lead. The Raiders were unable to respond and suffered their sixth one-run loss of the season.
The loss tarnished freshman Keven Long’s perfect 5-0 record. Long allowed 11 hits and six runs and struck-out six in his six innings of work, while walking none.
Boardman closed the game with a one-hit, one-strikeout seventh inning.
In addition to Duran, Pruett and Rosario also contributed offensively. Pruett was 1-3 with a double and two RBI and Rosario had a sac fly that scored one.
Game 4, L 11-4
In game two, the Raiders once again surrendered the lead to MAC in the middle innings. Three Rivers led 4-1 after a big four-run third inning. But MAC chipped away with two runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth, and then put the game effectively out of reach with a grand slam in the sixth.
Ilarraza took the loss, moving to 1-3 on the year, though it was reliever Chad Tomlinson who allowed six runs on six hits, including the grand slam.
Ilarraza pitched five innings, giving-up seven hits and three walks and striking-out three.
Offensively, Heuring, Pruett and Duran each had two hits in the contest. Heuring went 2-5 with two RBI and a stolen base; Pruett was 2-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored; and Duran was 2-4 with a walk, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
The Raiders stole three bags in the game, with Pender chipping-in the other. Altogether Three Rivers has stolen 54 bases on the year so far.
The black and gold will begin a four-game series with Jefferson College (21-13, 12-4) today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. in Hillsboro, Mo. The two teams will wrap-up the series at Pattillo Field on Saturday with a doubleheader, also beginning at 1 p.m.