WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. — It didn't really matter who was pitching for Three Rivers.
Seven different Raiders took the mound in a sweep of Williams Baptist, with none going longer than three innings. The Raiders won the opener 13-2 in six innings and the nightcap 7-1. Three Rivers (4-3) allowed a combined nine hits with no pitcher giving up more than three hits.
River Hunt started and picked up the win in the opener after going three innings and allowing two hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Chase Hutson followed and struck out three with three hits allowed over two innings and then Austin Williams allowed one hit with two strikeouts while pitching the sixth inning.
Braden Cox got the win in the nightcap after taking the mound in the third inning. He allowed one walk and no hits and no strikeouts over two innings while the Three Rivers offense scored five runs in the fourth inning to put the Raiders ahead 6-1.
Nash Winters had the start and allowed a hit and two walks with two strikeouts. Beau Burson pitched the fifth inning and allowed a hit and a walk with one strikeout and AJ Calhoon pitched the final two innings and allowed a hit and a walk with three strikeouts.
All seven pitchers had a WHIP at 2.00 or under on the day, led by Cox with a 0.500 WHIP.
Reece Reading had a home run and five RBIs in the doubleheader to lead the Raiders.
His three-run home run with two outs in the second inning of the opener put Three Rivers ahead 5-0. The Raiders added a trio of unearned runs in the fourth after three Williams Baptist errors and two wild pitches, and then two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to end the game an inning early.
Ty'Reik Thomas scored three times and while going 1 for 4 with a double. He also reached base on a dropped third strike and a fielder's choice.
In the nightcap, the Raiders batted around in the fourth inning.
Leadoff hitter Tony Rudd singled and John Rodriguez connected for a two-run double to right. Reading then drove Rodriguez in with a single to right, and eventually scored to make it 6-1 when Tidd drew a bases-loaded walk, his second walk of the inning.
DeLaCruz, who was 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI in the game, doubled and scored in the fifth inning to put Three Rivers ahead 7-1.
Nate Fields - Daily American Republic