Riverside gets back on the winning track against Rams

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 25, 2005

Rebels find home run bats in blowout against West St. John


Sports Editor

RESERVE-Happy days are here again.

Riverside is back on that grand winning track.

After suffering a minor bump in the road thanks to a small losing streak the Rebels got back to their winning ways Thursday afternoon with a 10-0 thumping of West St. John at home.

The game was called after six innings due to the 10-run rule.

Rebel fans can thank shortstop Jordan Poirrier for the early trip home as it was his three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning that triggered the 10-run rule.

Poirrier had a solid day at the plate for the Rebels, going 2-3 with three runs driven in.

The big hitting star of the day for Riverside was Cavin Richard. The left-fielder finished the day 2-3 with pair of homeruns and multiple runs driven in.

The Rebels also got a solid performance on the mound from left-hander Jonathan Goirier. Goirier allowed only four hits and struck out eight en route to picking up the victory.

A very happy Steve Stropolo was pleased with his team’s performance after the game.

“We hit the ball pretty good today and played pretty good defense,” Stropolo said. “Goirier pitched a very good game. He had a lot of strikeouts and really threw the ball well. I don’t think he walked a man.”

Not really known as a power-hitting squad, Stropolo was surprised with the power display.

“We had a couple of home runs hit,” Stropolo said. “We are not really a home run hitting team. It just happened that we hit the ball that well and it just went out the park.”

Stropolo also said that the victory hopefully ignites his team’s confidence and increases their momentum as they come down the final stretch in the hunt for a quality playoff position in Class 2A.

“Anytime you go to the playoffs you need some momentum,” Stropolo said. “We need to continue to try and get that and hope it continues when we play Lutcher on Saturday in a big game.”