If we are able we are planning to webcast the 2014 NJCAA Region 16 Tournament. If you click this link this will take you to our TRC NJCAA TV Website and they should be listed first. I will hopefully add games as we go further into the tournament.
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.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --- The Three Rivers rodeo team has had a month full of action, with the Raiders’ bull riders taking center stage.
On March 13-15, Three Rivers traveled to Magnolia, Ark. for the Southern Arkansas University Mule Rider Stampede. Freshman Austin Staser, of Manitou, Ky., won second in the long round of the Bull Riding event, to place second in the average.
“Austin is a talented young bull rider who never quits hustling throughout his rides,” said Head Coach Cale Emmett. “He is a big asset to the Raider rodeo team.”
At the Northeast Mississippi Community College Rodeo on March 27-29, two other Raider bull riders had standout performances: Denton Fugate and Tyler Albright. Fugate won first and Albright placed second in the long round, with 76-point and 73-point rides respectively.
Both freshmen had more success in the short round. Fugate, of Dixon, Mo., finished third with a 72-point ride and Albright, of Poplar Bluff, placed fourth with a 71-point ride. In the average, Fugate won second and his teammate Albright finished right behind him in third.
In breakaway roping, sophomore Austin Butler had a strong showing with a 3.3-second run to place second in the long round.
Last week, April 3-5, the rodeo team competed at Northwest Mississippi Community College’s rodeo in Senatobia, Miss. This rodeo marked the return of freshman Callie Stanhouse, who had to sit out the last two rodeos due to an injury after her big win at the Cossatot Community College Rodeo in February. Stanhouse, of Waltonville, Ill., won third in the long round of goat tying at Northwest Mississippi, putting her back on track to making the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. this June.
Freshman Will Loomis, of McDonough, N.Y., also performed well in Senatobia, placing fourth in the long round of the saddle bronc riding, and winning fourth in the average.
The Raider rodeo team will compete in its final Ozark Region college rodeo of the semester this weekend at the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tenn. on April 10-12.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --- The Raiders won their Region 16 series at North Central Missouri College over the weekend, improving to 10-4 in the region and 14-10 overall. Three Rivers had three homeruns in the series against the Pirates and now have 10 altogether on the season. The Raiders swept the Pirates on Saturday winning game one, 3-1, and taking game two, 5-3. On Sunday, Three Rivers and NCMC split, with the black and gold winning game one, 4-1, and losing game two, 7-3.
March 29 Saturday
Game 1, W 3-1
The Raiders strung together three runs on four hits on top of a strong defensive effort to get the 3-1 win against the Pirates in game one of a four-game series in Trenton, Mo. Outfielder Alec Pender led the way with a two-run blast in the second inning. The sophomore from Little Rock was 1-3 at the plate.
Freshman shortstop Kevin Rosario went 1-2 with an RBI and a walk while sophomore catcher Jake Nickelson was 2-3 with a double.
Lefty hurler Dylan Slayton (pictured) got his third victory of the season on the mound for the Raiders, tossing a complete game and allowing just two hits. The freshman starter from West Tennessee fanned five and walked none to keep his starting record unblemished.
Game 2, W 5-3
In game two, Three Rivers overcame a six-error outing to get the 5-3 victory and the sweep, thanks to a two-run homer in the sixth by freshman Alex Heuring to break-up a 3-3 tie.
Sophomore Dylan Witthoft was also instrumental in the win, going 1-4 and knocking-in a run while freshman Santos Duran was 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
Pender drew two walks in the game to help his team, and a stole a bag, as did freshman infielder Kody Moore. Moore also had a sacrifice in the game.
Matt Ulrich earned the win on the bump for Three Rivers, moving to 1-1 on the year. The freshman scattered four hits, struck-out six and walked one in his five innings of work.
Cole Boardman pitched the final four innings for his second save of the season, walking none and striking out five.
March 30 Sunday
Game 3, W 4-1
The big story of the Raiders’ 4-1 game three victory was Keven Long. The freshman righty posted his fifth complete-game win. Long, from Plant City, Fla. struck out 10, walked two and scattered seven hits to remain unbeaten in his first five starts.
Playing third base, Rosario had a double and a two-run shot to give the Raiders the offensive spark they needed for the victory. The Hollywood, Fla. native went 2-3 and had 3 RBI in the game.
Freshman Tito Ovalle, of New York City, chipped-in the other RBI of the contest.
Pender had a triple and a stolen base in the victory, going 2-3 and scoring two runs.
Game 4, L 7-3
The Raiders were unable to complete the sweep of NCMC in game four after allowing three Pirate homeruns. The Raiders fell 7-3 to NCMC in the series’ final game.
Hermen Ilarraza (1-2) was saddled with his second loss of the year after giving up three walks and five hits in his starting performance, including two bombs. The Raiders then struggled to find the right pitcher out of the pen after Ilarraza was knocked out in the fifth. Michael Glover and Stetson Adams both made appearances in relief while Jaime Middleton pitched the final two innings.
Several Raiders contributed offensively in the loss: Duran went 2-5 with two RBI and a double, Moore went 1-4 with an RBI and a run scored, Boardman went 2-4 with a stolen base, Pender drew a walk and stole a base, and Zach McKenney went 1-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored.
Altogether, Three Rivers has already posted 41 extra base hits this year and has stolen 45 bases. The team has tallied 126 runs in just 24 games.
Regional action continues for the Raiders this weekend against rival Mineral Area College. Three Rivers will host the Cardinals in a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m., and then the Raiders will travel to Park Hills on Saturday for another 1 p.m. start.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --- The Three Rivers baseball team took three games out of a four game series against Region 16 opponent St. Charles Community College. With the wins, the Raiders improved to 10-8 overall and 5-3 in the region. The black and gold has now won five of its last eight games, including a pair of wins on the road against Tampa University and Thomas University (Ga.) over spring break.
Back in Missouri this past Thursday, Three Rivers split at St. Charles, winning game one easily, 7-1, and losing game two by the narrowest of margins, 9-8.
Game 1, W 7-1
Freshman Keven Long earned his third win of the season on the mound for the Raiders in game one, scattering three hits and striking out seven in his complete game victory.
Sophomore Dylan Witthoft smashed two home runs in the win and finished 2-4 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored. Fellow sophomores Alec Pender and Jared Pruett also showed up strong in the offensive stat sheet with Pender going 1-3 with two RBI and Pruett going 3-4 and chipping in one RBI and a stolen base.
Freshman outfielder Santos Duran nailed a triple in game one, and was 1-3 with a run scored.
Game 2, L 9-8
In game two against the Cougars, the Raiders lost their fifth one-run game of the season.
The Raiders trailed St. Charles by two in the top of the ninth until freshman shortstop Kevin Rosario stepped into the box. With two outs and two on, Rosario lasered a double to score two runs and tie the game at 8-8.
But St. Charles went to work in the bottom of the ninth, putting two runners on with back-to-back walks, given up by the Raiders’ closer, Jaime Middleton. Then, with two outs, the Cougars got the winning run across the plate with a single for the walk-off.
Middleton was saddled with his second loss of the season after giving up two hits and three walks in his one and one-thirds innings of work.
In the loss, four Raiders finished with two RBIs apiece: Rosario, 2-6, with a double; Duran, 3-6, with a homerun; Witthoft, 0-4 with a walk; and Ovalle, 2-4 with a walk.
Dylan Slayton was Three Rivers’ starter in game two. The freshman lefty allowed nine hits and three walks and struck out two in his 5.1 innings of work. Michael Glover pitched two in relief walking three and striking out one.
Game 3, W 6-5
The Raiders hosted St. Charles on Saturday at Roger Pattillo field to complete the four-game Region 16 series. Three Rivers swept the Cougars winning game one, 6-5, and taking game two, 12-9.
Duran had three RBI in the victory, going 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Sophomore catcher Jake Nickelson was 2-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI. Ovalle also had a double and an RBI, and went 1-3.
Rosario was 0-1, with two walks, two runs scored, a sac fly and a stolen base.
Freshman Stetson Adams got the win on the bump, coming in in the fourth inning to relieve starter Chad Tomlinson. Adams pitched three and two-thirds innings and allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out one for his first win of the season.
Game 4, W 12-9
The Raiders jumped to a quick lead in game two. After four innings, Three Rivers was on top of the Cougars 6-2 and looking to cruise to its second victory of the day. But the Cougars responded with a big inning in the fifth, after a two-out error by the Raiders, scoring five runs to take the lead 7-6.
In the bottom of the fifth, Raiders freshman Alex Heuring pinch hit and lined a double to tie the score at 7. Then, St. Charles rallied for two runs in the sixth to go ahead 9-7.
In the bottom of the eight, with Rosario aboard, Witthoft stepped up to the plate and lifted a homerun over the rightfield fence for his third homer of the series and fifth of the season. Witthoft’s two-run shot tied the game again, 9-9, and sparked a two-out Raiders rally.
Next up was Nickelson, who reached on an error, and then stole second. Then, Kelvin Flores knocked in the winning run with a double. Flores’ double was followed by two more doubles, by Heuring and Pender, with the Raiders putting five runs on the board in the inning to take the lead, 12-9, and ultimately the win.
Cole Boardman earned his first victory of the season on the mound for Three Rivers, fanning five, walking none and scattering four hits in his three and one-thirds innings of relief. Boardman came in to relieve starter Matt Ulrich in the fifth.
The Raiders host Dyersburg State Community College on Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Pattillo field; then the team travels to Trenton, Mo. to take on North Central Missouri College (8-13) in a four-game regional series on Saturday and Sunday.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --- The Raiders split their series with Maple Woods over the weekend, winning two on Friday and falling to the Monarchs in both games on Saturday. The black and gold swept the Monarchs to open their Region 16 schedule on Friday at Pattillo Field, 6-4 and 8-0. On Saturday, the Raiders fell 1-0 and 17-6 to Maple Woods. With the pair of doubleheaders, Three Rivers College moves to 5-5 overall on the season and 2-2 in Region 16.
Friday Game One: Three Rivers 6 – Maple Woods 4
The Raiders put up six runs on ten hits to open up their Region 16 schedule against Maple Woods on Friday at Pattillo Field. Freshmen Santos Duran and Kelvin Flores led the way offensively with three and two hits respectively.
Flores was 2-3 at the plate with a triple and two RBI while Duran was 3-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases.
Freshman Keven Long got his first win of the year on the bump for the Raiders, throwing a complete game, walking two and fanning six through seven innings.
After a big four-run third inning, the Raiders were ahead 6-2 heading into the seventh, but Maple Woods pushed across two runs in the top of the inning. The Raiders’ defense, however, held on for the win. The team committed no errors in the game, while Maple Woods had three.
"Keven gave us a solid start on the mound,” said Head Coach Stacey Burkey. “Santos made a great diving catch to end the game. If that ball is not caught, the tying run gets on base."
Friday Game Two: Three Rivers 8 — Maple Woods 0
Three Rivers shutout the Monarchs in game two of Friday’s doubleheader, with a quality start by freshman Dylan Slayton (pictured). The lefty got his first win of the year with his complete-game shutout performance. Slayton walked just two and struck-out seven in the 26 batters he faced.
"Dylan threw a strong complete game. He had all three pitches going and showed a lot of poise,” Burkey said.
Duran had another strong performance offensively, going 2-4 with two RBI and three stolen bases. As the designated hitter, sophomore Jake Nickelson also batted-in two runs, and was 1-3 at the plate.
Taking advantage of walks and two hit-by-pitches, the Raiders loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning, leading 2-0. Alec Pender drew a bases-loaded walk to score the first of six Three Rivers’ runs in the sixth. Freshmen Kody Moore and Tito Ovalle then hit back-to-back singles to continue the rally. After the big inning, the Raiders led 8-0 and needed just three outs to get the sweep of Maple Woods.
“Santos really stood out today going 5-8 with five stolen bases,” Burkey said. “His timing at the plate was really good."
Burkey added, "It's great to get off to a good start on region games."
Saturday Game One: Three Rivers 0 – Maple Woods 1
The black and gold lost a tough pitcher’s duel to start off the day on Saturday. Freshman Adam Pennington pitched a complete-game two-hitter, giving up just one walk and striking-out seven Maple Woods’ batters. Despite the strong performance, Pennington suffered his second loss of the season.
“That's a tough loss that could have gone either way,” Burkey said. “Adam certainly pitched well enough to get a win.”
The Raiders put up just four hits in the game, with Duran getting half of them. Duran went 2-3 with a stolen base. Freshmen Kevin Rosario and Moore chipped-in the other two hits, but it was to no avail as the Raiders were never able to respond to Maple Woods’ third-inning run.
“Zach McKenney gave us a quality at-bat when he pinch-hit late in the game with two outs,” said Burkey. “He hit a line drive that got caught that would have tied the game."
Saturday Game Two: Three Rives 6 — Maple Woods 17
Saturday’s nightcap was a close game through the seventh inning, but got out of hand when Maple Woods scored ten runs in the final two innings.
The Raiders trailed the Monarchs 7-4 after seven innings, but with Maple Woods chasing starter Matt Ulrich after three and two-thirds innings, the Raiders struggled to find a pitcher from the bullpen who could stop the bleeding.
“In four games, the Maple Woods batters were only able to get to one of our starters,” said Assistant Coach Joe Scarano. “And that says a lot about the quality of our starting pitching staff.”
The freshman Ulrich gave up five runs on seven hits, including a homerun, to take his first loss of the year. The Raiders then cycled through four relievers in the final five and one-third innings.
“Game four of the series was much closer than the score indicates,” said Burkey. “It was 6-4 through the middle innings, but then it got away from us in the last inning when Maple Woods got hot with their bats."
Offensively, designated hitter Long led the way for the black and gold, going 4-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Long also had a stolen base in the game. Sophomore second-baseman Jared Pruett went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI.
Defensively, the Raiders turned three double-plays in the game.
"It was good to get these games in,” Burkey said. “I know we're all anxious to get down to Florida and play some games next week and try to get some consistency going."
After postponing a doubleheader against Rend Lake at Pattillo Field today (Tuesday) because of weather, the Raiders’ next action will come in Lakeland, Fla., in an exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, March 9.
The Raiders will play a total of six games, including two exhibition contests, during their week-long southern swing over spring break. On March 10, the team plays Pasco Hernando State College (New Port Richey, Fla.). The following day, the Raiders play the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. On March 13, the black and gold play one with the University of Tampa JV, and on March 14, they will play two against Thomas University JV (Thomasville, Ga.).
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --- Jefferson College upset the Lady Raiders Tuesday night at Gene Bess Court in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Region 16 tournament. Three Rivers hosted the Vikings, but poor shooting in the final six minutes left the Lady Raiders with a 78-72 loss, despite leading by five points at the half.
The sixth-seed Vikings now advance to the semifinals and will play No. 2 Moberly Area Community College tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. while the third-seed black and gold will have to set their sights on next year.
Anna Vogt led the Lady Raiders in Tuesday’s loss scoring 26 points and snagging 12 boards in her 30 minutes of play. As she has done all season long, Vogt dominated the glass with her powerful inside game. She finished her sophomore season averaging 20.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, leading her team in both categories. She also averaged 1.4 blocks and 1.7 assists per game throughout the season.
Macy Wright averaged 14.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game through the season. Wright also led in the assists category, with 4.1, but did not show up big in the stat sheet on Tuesday against the Vikings.
Aaryana Cook averaged more than 14 points per game in her first season as a Lady Raider. From the point-guard position, the freshman averaged 3.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. Cook chipped-in 18 points in Tuesday’s loss to the Vikings.
As a whole, the Lady Raiders averaged 78.3 points, 40.9 rebounds, and 14.6 assists per game during the 2013-14 season. The team averaged 41.4 percent shooting from the floor and 70.2 percent shooting from the line.
Things were looking up for the Lady Raiders this season, after finishing as the runners-up in the 2013 tournament, and starting the season ranked 12th in the national polls and with a solid core of returning sophomores. But injuries plagued the season, and the team was left to play with a short bench for much of the year. Still, Three Rivers managed a third-place finish in the region’s regular-season standings and will conclude the year with a 21-7 overall record.
The 2014 Region 16 tournament continues tonight and tomorrow at Mineral Area College in Park Hills.