CHESHIRE, Ohio — The River Valley Raiders scored at least twice in every inning, and three Raider pitchers combined to allow only three hits, as they handled visiting South Gallia 21-6 on Thursday in a non-league baseball game at Cheshire Field.
The Raiders racked up nine runs in the opening inning and seven more in the second, staking a seemingly insurmountable 16-0 lead after only two cantos.
The two teams traded two runs apiece in the third frame, before the Rebels got one back in the fourth to trail 18-3.
Finally, the two clubs exchanged three-spots in their next at-bats, giving River Valley the season sweep over its intra-county neighbors.
River Valley vanquished South Gallia 15-1 on April 23.
With the win, the Raiders climbed to 10-13, while the Rebels fell to 1-18.
The contest was called following the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule.
Jamie Bainter (2 2/3 innings), Justin Sizemore (two innings) and Lannis Gilbert (one-third inning) all pitched for the Raiders, combining to allow six runs on three hits with 11 walks.
Bainter started and earned the win on the mound, allowing only a Cory Bryan single in the third.
Sizemore pitched two stanzas, giving up four runs on two hits.
Both Bainter and Sizemore struck out four apiece, as the Rebels took advantage of a dozen walks for their half-dozen runs.
Bryan was the starting and losing pitcher for the Rebels, giving up 16 runs on 15 hits and five walks with one strikeout.
Bryan also singled in the fifth for South Gallia, as Colton Coughenour conked an RBI-single in the fourth.
Coughenour had two RBIs for the Rebels, while Bryan and Johnny Sheets each collected one.
The Raiders roared for 24 hits, led by Sizemore with four and Bainter, Dillon Ragan and K.C. Collins with three apiece.
Gilbert, Austin Ragan, Dustin Barber and Tristan Crouse cranked out two hits apiece, as Brycen Brumfield, Jack Farley and Seth McDonald all finished with one.
Sizemore amounted five runs batted in, including a two-run single that made it 9-0.
Austin Ragan roped a pair of doubles, as Barber belted a triple to lead off the third.
Bainter and Gilbert garnered two RBIs.
South Gallia, the 11th-seed in the Division IV sectional tournament, traveled to sixth-seeded Symmes Valley for a semifinal game on Saturday (May 7).
River Valley, the 10th-seeded squad in the Division III sectional, ventures to seventh-seeded Fairland for its semifinal on Wednesday (May 11).
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106