Saturday, March 13, 2004
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Clayton News Daily
By Doug Gorman
The cool crisp temperatures made it seem good weather for a football game Friday night. The scoreboard also read more like a gridiron tussle between Riverdale and Morrow.
However, the game was baseball and when the final out was recorded Riverdale left Morrow with a 14-12 victory.
The two teams combined for 10 errors and each team also put together one monster inning, in a contest which took almost three hours to complete.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning, Morrow seized the momentum with eight runs in the frame. The Mustangs sent 12 men to the plate in the inning on just two hits. T.J. Griggs ripped a double and Mario Peek singled.
Riverdale rallied right back with a 12-run inning in the third. Back-to-back doubles in the inning by Yante Newby and Arnold Oakman were the big blows for the Raiders.
Riverdale increased it lead to 14-8 at the end of the inning. The Raiders began the game with runs in the first and second innings.
The Raiders' 12-run third rounded out its scoring, but then they had to hold off a couple of Morrow rallies.
Morrow added single runs in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh.
The most dramatic run of the game came when Morrow's Forest Williams stole home for the Mustangs' run in the fifth,
Offensively, Riverdale was led by Trey Hooks with two singles, an RBI and a run scored. Teammate Alex Johnson ripped two singles and scored twice.
Griggs had two extra base hits for Morrow.