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Riverside wins third title in four years

Riverside’s baseball program is beginning to develop a stranglehold on the Northwest Central Conference.

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Riverside’s Dakota Bollinger records an out at first base during the first inning of a game against Fairbanks on Wednesday. The Pirates wrapped up an outright Northwest Central Conference title with a 7-0 win. (XAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Pirates claimed their third league championship in four years Wednesday by shutting out host Fairbanks 7-0 in the NWCC season finale.

Riverside finished league play with a perfect 7-0 mark. The Pirates are 13-8 overall.

“I am very proud of the boys,” said RHS head coach Scott Mann. “For some of our seniors this is three titles in four years.

“We take pride in our defense and we played flawless tonight. What is great is every night someone else steps up. These guys have each other’s back.”

Riverside got the offense rolling in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.

The Pirates added three more runs in the top of the third frame for a 5-0 score. They notched another run in the top of the fourth inning and one more run in the top of the sixth inning.

Dallas Daniels pitched a complete game shutout to earn the win. He gave up just four hits on the day.
Offensively, Dalton Bollinger led the way for Riverside with three hits including a double with an RBI.

Also for the Pirates, Landon Kelsey had two hits and four RBI, Conner Cotterman had two hits and an RBI, Jake Herron recorded two hits, Dustin Proffitt had a double and scored three runs, Luke Greene hit a double and Daniels added an RBI.

Riverside travels to Triad today for a local non-league contest.

Falcons drop Raiders

Graham got its offense clicking late against visiting Benjamin Logan on Wednesday and came away with an 11-5 win in Central Buckeye Conference action.

The Raiders are now 10-10 overall and 4-7 in the CBC Mad River division, while the Falcons jump to 5-13, 4-7.

Graham held a 3-0 lead after three innings, but Ben Logan scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to make it a 3-2 score.

The Falcons pulled away with a five-run burst in the bottom of the fifth inning.

For the Raiders at the plate, Collen Pulfer had a double, an RBI and four stolen bases, Kam Newland went 2-4 and Zane Collins had a triple and an RBI.

Ben Logan hosts Bellefontaine today in a local CBC matchup.

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