Two of the state’s top teams in Division 3 went head to head on Monday afternoon when Taylor Prep traveled to Riverview for a non-league battle with Gabriel Richard.
While the Tigers came in ranked No. 2 and the Pioneers No. 10, it was Richard that rolled to a 6-0 victory.
For the day, the Pioneers (15-5) scored four of their runs in the first inning and two in the second.
Prep (17-2) held the hosts off the board the rest of the way, but offensively managed only three hits of its own and couldn’t score a run.
Cole Atkinson started on the mound for Richard and in four innings allowed only one hit and struck out five batters. Zach Swain threw the last three innings and struck out five batters, as well. He gave up only two hits and one walk.
Scott Sabuda started for the Tigers and went six innings and Mauricio Cruz threw the seventh.
Scott Rennie had a single for Prep in the top of the first but he was stranded.
In the bottom of the inning, Jacob Hanoian hit a leadoff single and scored on a Zach Loewengruber double.
Kevin Tuttle reached on an error, Swain walked and then Loewengruber scored when Jac Lemiuex grounded out and made it a 2-0 game in favor of the hosts.
With two outs, Josh Tufts singled to score both Tuttle and Swain and Richard was up 4-0.
Ethan Lozon led off the bottom of the second inning for the Pioneers with a walk. He stole second and then scored on a Hanoian single.
Tuttle reached on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch and was knocked in by Swain with a single.
The Tigers’ other two hits on Monday belonged to Jon Sabuda and Ron Smith, who also had a stolen base.
Both teams were set to play again the next day.
Richard was scheduled to host Trenton and Prep was set for a trip to Allen Park Inter-City Baptist.