Rebels suffer upset loss

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Sports Editor

RESERVE-Upset losses are losses that coaches and fans define as games that you lose that you were expected to win.

For fans of the Riverside baseball team marking in wins and loses and trying to predict their record, you would be hard pressed to find a fan that would have put an L next to the game against Vanderbilt Catholic.

But I guess that is why they play the games.

Looking to bounce back with a win after a loss to start the second half of district play, the Rebels were defeated by Vanderbilt Catholic at home in a shootout 10-4.

The loss drops the Rebels to 17-9 on the season and 4-2 in district 10-2A.

A hitter’s battle that featured a combined 23 hits between both squads, Vanderbilt got on the board first in the opening inning after pushing three runs across.

Riverside answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning and tied the game up with a single run in the bottom of the second inning.

The Rebels even took a brief one-run lead at 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth after pushing across a single run.

That lead sure didn’t last long.

Vanderbilt Catholic responded quickly, pushing across five runs in top of the fifth inning and another two in the top of the sixth to take a commanding 10-4 lead and go on to win the game.