Much of Riverside's recent success can be attributed to its offense. During its current stretch, the Warriors have outscored their opponents 97-36. In two regular-season meetings with South Charleston, Riverside posted wins of 11-7 and 18-4.
"We played good against them a couple of times, but obviously what happened in the regular season doesn't matter now," said Hawkins. "They just upset Logan in the section final. We've been preaching to our kids that it doesn't matter who we're playing, we just have to play our game."
Catcher Alex Daugherty leads the Warriors with a .436 average and 30 RBIs. Second baseman and leadoff hitter Doug Prather is batting .421 with 19 stolen bases, while first baseman Trevor Rumberg is hitting .389 and outfielder Pat Horton .349 with 13 steals. Tyler Hall is the Warriors top pitcher, having picked up the win in the opening sectional game against Capital.
"Riverside's good. They can hit. Up and down that order, they can hit," said SC coach Ken Samms. "And they've got a couple good arms, especially Hall. We'll see what we can do.''
The Black Eagles offense is led by center fielder Rease Ripley, who is hitting .409 with seven home runs and 32 stolen bases. Catcher Jonathan Cline carries a .395 average with 30 RBIs and 19 steals, while infielder Jake Woolwine had a .359 average and a team-high 36 RBIs. Jobst is SC's top pitcher, sporting a 3-5 record and 5.11 ERA.
The winner of today's game advances to Thursday's regional final against either Princeton or Woodrow Wilson, and will play at home.
Reach Jeff Rider at 304-348-5122 or jri...@wvgazette.com.