By LYNN WOMACK
Press Special Writer
OKAY – Jeffery Hardison and Skyler Heaton combined for a three-inning, run-rule no-hitter on Wednesday. The Riders scored six runs each in the first and third innings for the 12-0 win over Cave Springs on the first day of the Okay Tournament.
Jeffery Hardison went the first two innings with four strikeouts. Heaton added two more in the third.
The Riders collected 12 hits for the win. Mark Squyres had the big blow in the first with a three-run homer over the right-field fence. Daruis Chavez and Jeffery Hardison scored ahead of him to make the score 4-0.
Colton Brave had led off the inning with a double and then scored on Chase Shankle's single for the first run. Daniel Wikel and Heaton had back-to-back triples to continue the hitting onslaught.
Wikel scored on Heaton's triple to make the score 5-0. The finial run of the inning was scored as Colton Hardison sent Heaton home on a single for the 6-0 lead.
The Riders sent nine to the plate in the third inning as Wikel led off the inning with a single. Colton Hardison gave the Riders a 7-0 lead with an RBI single that sent Wikel plateward.
Colton Hardison sent Heaton home on a single for an 8-0 lead. Brave sent Colton Harrison home with a single for a 9-0 lead. Jeffery Hardison plated Brave for a 10-0 Rider lead the Jayce Coulburn had a two RBI single for the final two runs of the game. Chavez, who was running for Shankle, and Jeffery Hardison scored the two runs for the 12-0 lead.
Wikel, Jeffery Hardison, and Colton Hardison were a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate while Brave, and Squyres were 2-for-3 at the dish. Shankle, Coulburn and Heaton had hits for the Riders.
Jeffery Hardison picked up the win facing six batters with four strikeouts. Heaton faced three batters and had two strikeouts in the third inning. The Riders’ pitching staff only allowed two runners on base – via base on balls. Both time Shankle gunned them down as they tried to steal second.
The Riders are now 1-5 for the season.