Photo by the Press Enterprise
RIVERSIDE: Poly and King, two of the premier baseball teams in the city — not to mention cross town rivals in all sports — faced off at Cal Baptist on Saturday in the revival of the Riverside Classic. Both squads, who are enjoying solid seasons, competed in an intercity rivalry game that was greeted with anticipation by all involved as it was also a revival of an old classic Riverside game that the programs are bringing back to life.
The Wolves fell behind 2-0 in the 2nd but the bats finally came alive in the 3rd and King was able to put the game away. Senior Dylan Orick added 2 hits and also scored a run for King. Sophomore Brian West added a double for the Wolves.
Senior Nate Webb finished the game 2-3 with a double and a triple. Nate also added 4 RBI and picked up the save with two scoreless innings. “Our offense was once again a strength.” Coach Steve Madril said after the game. “We’ve had good offense all year and can put numbers up in bunches.”
Which the Wolves did and went on to win by a score of 7-2.
“There is no way we could come out flat in this game in front of all these people.” Junior Dylan Orick said.
“We wanted to work some counts and show those guys the meat grinder” he added.
Coach Madril was impressed by the character and integrity both teams showed in the game, hallmarks of the PEAK philosophy of King High Athletics.
“I was pleased with the outcome even though we made a few key base running mistakes.” he said. “I thought our pitchers competed well and we played great on the defensive side. Offensively we were able to put the ball in gaps and use our speed on the bases to generate some offense.”
The Press Enterprise published a story about the game and you can access it here.