Fairbanks, AK – The road trip to Alaska has had limited negative impact on the Orange County Riptide’s offensive output as the team scored 16 runs vs. the San Diego Waves in a 6-inning game. For the second time this summer, the Riptide outscored the Waves by 13 runs, winning 16-3 in Sunday night’s game at Growden Memorial Park.
(NOTE: Due to tournament play rules, the game was declared a victory for the OC Riptide by the “Mercy Rule” which awards the win to a team leading by 10 or more runs after six complete innings.)
The Riptide pitchers continued their dominance over the San Diego Waves, allowing three runs on five hits. Sophomore Dalton Wood (Rice) started on the mound, facing 16 batters and throwing for more than half of the 6-inning game. Wood allowed two hits while allowing one earned and one unearned run against the Waves. Right-hander Jake Biederman (Davidson) entered the game in relief and threw 1.2 innings. Biederman allowed zero runs and scattered three hits, striking out two batters. The final Riptide player to make an appearance on the mound was Wichita State’s Derek Shaver. Shaver, a utility player who can pitch and play infield, struck out two batters in one inning of work, walking one and allowing a run.
Sunday’s game had a heavy focus on the hitters as they crossed the plate 16 times in 6-innings. The game remained scoreless through the first three innings until the majority of the Riptide’s 16 runs came in the 12-run fourth inning. The final four runs the Riptide earned came in the sixth and final inning as a stolen base caused an error that allowed two runs to score. Davis Diaz (Vanderbilt) would later double that inning to earn himself an RBI and a clutch extra base hit.
Batting average leader Emilio Rosas (University of Southern California) had his statistics filled with 2’s as he had two runs scored, two hits, two RBI’s and two walks on two at-bats (four plate appearances). Rosas continues his hitting surge with another multi-hit and multi-RBI performance as his batting average now sits at .500.
Texas Christian University’s Reed Spenrath led the Riptide sluggers in runs batted in with a total of five, as he continues to be a crucial piece within the Riptide offense. Along with Spenrath’s five RBI’s, Jack-Thomas Wold (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) had a spectacular four RBI night, including a lead-off fourth inning solo home run. Despite being an infielder, Wold started in left field as Head Coach Mitch LeVier is using him more as a utility player for the Riptide in 2021.
Defensively, both teams had three errors in just six innings. The Riptide will look to clean up their play in the field when they take on Bercovich Collegiate on Monday, June 14th at Growden Memorial Park starting at 6:00 PM PDT.
SD Waves vs. OC Riptide June 13, 2021 – Box Score