MIDLAND — For five innings, Riverside and Snyder were engaged in another close playoff game in the Class 4A baseball playoffs.
However, the Tigers broke the game open in the top of the sixth with 13 runs off three Riverside pitchers and won 17-3 in the opener of a three-game series of the Class 4A regional quarterfinals at Christensen Stadium.
"Snyder is a tough team and they executed," Riverside coach Rick Solis said. "You have to give them credit and we just have to come back Saturday and put this game behind us. We have some young players and this was a learning experience for them."
Catcher Bryce Ford had a monster game for Snyder with six RBI. He had two singles, a double and was hit by a pitch. Leadoff batter Hunter Stewart and second baseman Hunter Stewart scored four runs and drove in two runs.
"We have some great energy right now on our team," Snyder coach Shane Stewart said. "The game was close going into the sixth. We did a great job at the plate. But Riverside is a great team and we've had some good battles with them the past two years. We expect them to come back with a great effort in the second game."
Last year, Riverside beat Snyder in the area round by scores of 2-0 and 3-2.
The Rangers led 2-1 after the first inning. Orlando Samaniego singled in a run and Dereck Nevarez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
The Tigers went up 4-2 in the top of the fifth and Riverside cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by Diego Cardenas. Cardenas finished with two hits and leadoff batter Adrian Estrada scored two runs to help lead the Rangers offense.
"We'll be OK, we just have to come back Saturday and stay focused. We had a bad inning and Snyder is a tough team. But we have a good team and we'll give it our best on Saturday," Samaniego said.
Game 2 is scheduled for noon Saturday and a third game will follow if needed.
This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: Snyder defeats Riverside in Game 1 of regional quarterfinal series