Riverdale’s bats remained cold Wednesday night.
Its pitching and defense, though, remained red hot.
The Warriors defeated Blackman 2-0 at Jones Field to remain undefeated in District 7-AAA a third of the way through league play. Riverdale (13-5 overall, 5-0 in 7-AAA) will attempt to complete its second 7-AAA sweep at 6 p.m. today at Blackman High.
“We understood going in that pitching and defense has kind of been our staple,” Riverdale coach Barry Messer said. “We’re not really lighting it up offensively. But we’re doing just enough. Thank goodness we’re doing just enough and still winning.
“As we move forward, we’ve got to get better offensively.”
Riverdale scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third inning off starter Kasey Wheeler. Drew Huff reached on a two-out error and stole second. Kaleb Swayze then singled in Huff and reached second on the throw.
“The wind was blowing in,” Swayze said. “We hit a couple of balls that probably would have went out of the park on other days. But (Wednesday) it wasn’t happening.”
Brady Puckett was then hit by a pitch and Riley Walters reached on an infield hit to load the bases for Trevin Ayers. Ayers drew a walk to score Swayze.
And pitchers Trevor Sutton and sophomore Dylan King made sure that was enough.
Sutton pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning by striking out Austin Mosier and Ian Mitzelfeld. He then got Logan Fleener to ground out to end the Blaze’s scoring threat. Blackman (6-8, 2-3) left nine runners on base, and have stranded 19 runners on base in the first two games of the series.
Sutton left after three innings. He was struck in the hip by a line drive by Austin Reynolds in the top of the third inning, but finished the inning. He warmed up prior to the fourth inning, but Messer pulled him for King, who is the younger brother of former Riverdale standout Jonathan King.
“Reynolds is a good hitter,” Sutton said. “It’s just probably a bruise on the bone. They just wanted to protect it since we have a game (today).
“I wanted to go if it felt good or not. But (Messer) saw me favoring it a little bit.”
King pitched out of bases loaded jam in the top of the sixth. He struck out Kwynn Rury with a curve ball on a 3-2 count. He then struck out Wheeler to end the inning.
“We knew he was going to be expecting a fast ball, so we went with a curve ball,” King said. “It was working pretty good (Wednesday).”
Riverdale 2, Blackman 0
Blackman 000 000 0 — 0 5 1
Riverdale 002 000 x — 2 5 2
Wheeler and Reynolds. Sutton, King (4) and Walters. WP: King (3-1). LP: Wheeler.