Riley fans 14 as Wave tops Jena; Vikings down Rayville

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 17, 2004

JENA, La. &045; If Te Riley keeps this up, there may be no telling how far he can lead the Cathedral Green Wave.

The hard-throwing left-hander turned in another gem Monday in a 7-3 win over a solid Jena team. Using that curveball that tied up a good

hitting Vidalia team, Riley finished the game with 14 strikeouts.

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He even had some problems with the fastball, a pitch that can be that much more impressive when the curveball is working.

&uot;He had control of his curveball tonight,&uot; Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. &uot;He’s doing a good job for us. He’s got good control of it, and I think that’s his best pitch right now.&uot;

The Giants had just five hits off Riley, who struggled a bit with the fastball in walking six batters. But that was fine since the Green Wave jumped on Jena pitcher Adam Williams with four runs in the third and two in the fourth to take control.

Williams was solid in the first two before walking the bases loaded in the third. Riley followed with a single to score Michael Blain and Garrett Jones, and Wyler Murray followed with a single to score Jeremy Davis and Riley for a 4-1 lead.

The Green Wave (15-2) got two more in the fifth when Blain singled in Drew Burns and Davis singled in Blain for a 6-1 lead. The Giants (14-3), who were handed their first loss of the season by Cathedral at the Vidalia tournament, got a run in the fourth and fifth innings to cut it to 6-3.

The Green Wave then got another in the seventh off reliever Lance Evans when Jones reached on an error and scored on an error on a ball hit by Riley.

The Green Wave plays today at Enterprise. The varsity game will be first at 5 p.m.

Vidalia 8, Rayville 4

VIDALIA, La. &045; The Vikings are still hitting the ball, even when they go right at people.

They jumped out to an 8-3 lead after three and were on the verge of maybe sending everyone home early. But they went scoreless after that, and the Hornets couldn’t get a rally going against Vidalia pitcher Tony Hawkins to close the gap.

&uot;We didn’t have a hit after the third inning,&uot; VHS head coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said. &uot;It wasn’t because of their pitching. The bats just went silent. They have a district game Thursday, so they threw their complete staff at us. We hit balls right at them. It’s just part of baseball. As long as we were putting the ball in play, I can live with it.&uot;

The Vikings struck first in the first when Chris Williams parked a three-run homer for a 3-1 lead. In the second Jeffrey Anderson singled, stole second and scored on a Jeremy Butler groundout for a 4-1 lead.

In the third Brett Hinson singled to score Williams, two more scored on one wild pitch and one run came in on a bases-loaded walk.

Hawkins went six innings before giving way for freshman Lance Moore in the seventh.

&uot;Tony struggled the first three innings, but he found himself in the fourth,&uot; Hoffpauir said. &uot;He struggled with his control, which is unusual for Tony. But in the fourth he settled down and cruised out.&uot;

Silliman 15, Trinity Episcopal 4

NATCHEZ &045; The Silliman Wildcats got a solid outing from Will Griffin on the mound and pounded out 14 hits to put away the Saints.

The Wildcats got six in the third inning and six more in the fifth for the 10-run rule to take effect. Brandon Geter went four innings for the Saints before Andy Moon and Walt Ketchings pitched the fifth.

Harrisonburg 16, Monterey 5

MONTEREY, La. &045; The Bulldogs jumped on Monterey to take a win in the District 3-B opener.

Ray McIntyre belted a grand slam for the Bulldogs, and Joseph Huff also left the yard.