Citrus puts squeeze on Tigers

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By Marcus Clarke

Strike! (Christopher Dietrich)

By Marcus Clarke

Citrus College started off fast and did not let up a as they dropped the Tigers 15-10 at the Evans Sports Complex. One Riverside player said, “We couldn’t get out of the first inning.”

Riverside walked three straight batters to start the game and gave up four hits in the first inning to give Citrus a six run cushion to start the game.

Riverside’s starting pitcher was then replaced in the first inning after only five batters by Graham Bills. He gave up a walk but was able to stop the bleeding and get the Tigers out of the first inning.

Riverside did not score a run until the bottom of the second inning, which brought the score to 7-1.

After adding two runs in the fourth inning, Citrus pulled ahead by seven runs.

In the fifth inning, Riverside gave a valiant effort in coming back, beginning with a home run by center fielder Cody Madison with a player on second base. Another run was added to bring the score to 9-5.

At the bottom of the sixth inning, Riverside continued its relentless comeback attempt as it tied the game at nine, earning four runs in the inning, but Citrus scored five runs at the top of the seventh inning to finally put the Tigers away for good.

Aaron Edwards, the fourth pitcher for the Tigers to play, finally stopped the assault put on by Citrus, but it was too late.

Riverside center fielder Cody Madison had two hits, including a home run in the fifth in the Tigers surge to come back and brought home two runs.

First baseman Billy Hamilton batted .500 for the Tigers, going 3 for 6.

Riverside gave up 15 hits and committed a whopping seven errors while Citrus gave up 10 hits and committed only one error.

The Tigers are in the midst of a three game losing streak which brings their record to 18-8 on the season.

Their next game will be against Golden West at Huntington Beach on April 1.

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