Snider carries Warriors past Pats

Snider carries Warriors past Pats

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Snider carries Warriors past Pats

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MURFREESBORO

Collin Snider found himself at the bottom of a dogpile Monday night.

He didn’t mind his Riverdale teammates on top of him too much. After all, the Vanderbilt signee and the Warriors had locked up a berth in next week’s Region 4-AAA tournament.

Snider pitched a four-hit complete-game shutout and struck out six to lead the Warriors to a 5-0 victory over cross-town rival Oakland in baseball’s version of the Battle of the ‘Boro at Jones Field.

Riverdale (24-9) clinched a berth in Wednesday’s District 7-AAA championship with the win. Oakland (16-17) must defeat Siegel (28-7) at 6 p.m. today in the losers bracket final. Oakland and Siegel split their two-game series in the regular season.

“Being at the bottom (of the dogpile) hurts,” Snider said. “It’s great, but it hurts.”

Snider (6-1) won the showdown against Oakland starter Devin Cairo. Cairo, who received The Daily News Journal’s Travis Weber Courage Award last week after battling Stage IV lymphoma earlier this school year, gave the Patriots four strong innings before being pulled in favor of Ryan Givens.

Cairo gave up three runs — two of them earned — before leaving.

“He gave us a very good start,” Oakland coach Mack Hawks said. “He did the same last week. He gave us four solid innings. That’s all you ask for out of your starter there. He did a great job.”

Brad Woodson gave Riverdale a 1-0 lead in the fourth after he was hit by a Cairo pitch to open the inning. He then scored on a two-out single by Riley Walters. The Warriors added two more in the fifth. Jordan McNeal was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch. Drew Huff walked and scored on Kaleb Swayze’s single.

Riverdale added its final two runs in the sixth. Weston Shaver walked to start the inning. Dylan King sacrificed Shaver to second. Walters then doubled in Shaver. Pinch runner Clint McCullough then scored on an error.

“We’ve been known to play well in clutch games like that,” Walters said of the late-game run support. “We tend to play well when we’re down or in a low-scoring game.”

Siegel 8, Smyrna 7: Colton Gipson singled in Josh Allen from second base in the bottom of the seventh to give the Stars another come-from-behind win in the losers bracket of the 7-AAA tournament.

“Nobody ever gets down on the team,” said Gipson, the Stars’ No. 9 hitter. “We are always ready to come back and fire out another run if we need to.”

The Stars, who have trailed in every game in the tournament, tied the score 7-7 when Peyton Nolan singled in Connor Moss, who had opened the inning with a walk.

Siegel came back from a 2-0 deficit to build a 6-2 lead thanks in part to MTSU commitment Carson Lester’s three-run home run.

But Smyrna answered with five runs in the top of the seventh. Tyler Wagner’s three-run home run gave the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead entering the bottom of the seventh.

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