Chase Slone’s fourth-inning single gave Siegel new life.
His eighth-inning single gave the Stars their 15th consecutive win.
Fourth-ranked Siegel defeated visiting Riverdale 3-2 in eight innings behind Slone’s three RBI.
“It all starts with our pitching and defense,” said Slone, the Stars’ shortstop and a Southern Illinois signee. “If we can pitch and catch the ball, we’ve got a chance to win every game.
“That’s what we did tonight. Our pitchers threw great. I got lucky and came through tonight.”
Slone ripped a base hit to left-center field off reliever Drew Huff (1-2) in the eighth inning, scoring catcher Johnny Rodgers from second base to end the game, which was played in the rain during the early innings.
“I centered that one up,” Slone said. “I got two strikes on me and choked up and tried to have a good at bat. I just tried to put the ball in play.”
Siegel (18-1, 5-0 District 7-AAA) will attempt its third league sweep at 6 p.m. today at Riverdale (14-8, 4-3). The Stars are the lone undefeated team in the district.
“It was a well-played game by both teams,” Riverdale coach Barry Messer said. “All four pitchers that threw did a good job. That’s what you expect in what you’d probably call a championship series. It is a pretty good series.
“I definitely think this lived up (to the hype). Coming in, I knew they were super good. I knew we’d have to play well, and we did play well. And they played well too.”
Lipscomb signee Brady Puckett (1-1) is scheduled to start for Riverdale in the second of the two-game series, Messer said. Chandler Coley (3-0) will start for Siegel, Siegel coach Craig Reavis said.
MTSU commitment Carson Lester (4-0) picked up the win in relief of Notre Dame commitment Collin Stoecker. Stoecker struck out six in 5 1⁄3 innings pitched. Lester struck out five in 22⁄3 innings.
“I just tried to come in and throw down in the zone and throw strikes,” Lester said. “I have a great defense behind me.”
Huff doubled to open the third inning and scored on Puckett’s sacrifice fly. It was Puckett’s first game back since missing a week because of an ankle sprain. Garrett League walked and scored on Riley Walters’ ground out in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead.
But Siegel managed to get to Riverdale starter and Vanderbilt signee Collin Snider in the fourth. The Stars loaded the bases on Drew Kincaid’s fielder’s choice, an error and a walk. Slone then popped a ball just over the head of Puckett at first base to score Kincaid and Colton Gipson.
“I was looking fast ball and got a curve ball,” Slone said. “I just kind of threw my hands at it and got lucky. It just dropped in there.”
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Collin Snider, Drew Huff (6) and Riley Walters. Collin Stoecker, Carson Lester (6) and Johnny Rodgers. WP: Lester (4-0). LP: Huff (1-2).