Riverdale freshman Caleb Jordan's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning completed a 4-3 come-from-behind victory Saturday in the winner's bracket of the District 7-AAA tournament at Riverdale.
"We have been trying to mix and match and plug and play some guys because one of our guys has mono. (Starting pitcher Jackson) Underwood is a battler," Riverdale coach Barry Messer said. "We have to come back Monday as this feels good, but we are not close to our goal."
"We played a good team and our pitchers competed and battled. Each team hit a home run, and they did what they had to do to win the ball game." Oakland coach Mack Hawks added.
In the other winner's bracket game, Siegel's Jack Nedrow tossed a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Stewarts Creek.
Riverdale's Underwood battled on the mound, going the distance and throwing 93 pitches as he struck out 10 and walked none in improving his record to 8-1 on the season.
"My defense made great plays behind me and I battled and was a bulldog," Underwood said. "You have to be the aggressor. You cannot lay back."
Oakland got an early lead as Logan White took a pitch over the fence to bring in Cale Vinson and Jeremy Pennington to make it 3-0.
Riverdale came back to tie it in its half of the third inning as William Wexler singled, driving in a run and then scored ahead of a Brantley Bamberg homer -- his sixth homer of the season -- for a 3-3 tie.
The remainder of the game had good defense and pitching as Oakland used three arms with Ben Mills, Joe Mullaney and Vinson.
There was a questionable call in the sixth as a Riverdale runner tried to score and attempted to move the catcher.
The catcher dropped the ball, and after both coaches pleaded their case with the umpires, the game moved on and the runner was out to end the inning.
Riverdale moves on to face Siegel Monday at 7 p.m. at Riverdale.
Oakland will try and keep its season alive Sunday when it faces Smyrna at 11 a.m. Rockvale will play Stewarts Creek in the loser's bracket game 1:30 p.m. at Riverdale. The winners of those two will play Monday at 4:30 p.m. at Riverdale.
Rockvale eliminated La Vergne 17-0 and Smyrna eliminated Blackman 2-1 in eight innings.