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Proffitt's heroics fail to carry Riverside to win

Despite a monster game from Riverside's Dustin Proffitt, the Pirates dropped a 5-4 extra-inning decision to the Dixie Greyhounds in non-league baseball action at Dayton's Fifth Third Field Sunday afternoon.

Proffitt went 4 for 5 with two triples, scoring two runs and collecting nine total bases from the plate, while also tossing 3 1/3 shutout innings from the mound in relief of starter Dakota Bollinger.

The Riverside senior got things started as the first batter of the game, pounding a frozen-rope three-bagger down the  line just out of the reach of the Dixie right fielder. He scored two pitches later on a passed ball, giving the visitors an early 1-0 lead.

Proffitt again got things started in the top of the fourth with a one-out double to left-center field. Luke Greene walked, and both advanced on a wild pitch, setting up Daulton Bollinger's two-run double. Landon Kelsey rounded out the scoring with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, giving the Blue a 4-0 lead.

The Greyhounds tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, plating four runs of five hits, despite the Pirates turning a nifty a 5-4-3 double play after the first two batters reached base. Four hits and a walk later, the Greyhounds tied the scored tied at 4-all,  and Proffitt was sent to the mound to stop the bleeding, which he did for the next three innings, turning the ball over to Dillon Roof in the eighth.

Proffitt had another moon shot triple with two outs the sixth, but was stranded at the corner when the Dixie second baseman snagged a laser off of Greene's bat to end the threat.

Still tied at four going into the bottom of the eighth, the Pirates recorded two routine outs before giving up three straight singles, with Jacob Campbell connecting on the game-winner for the  Greyhounds.

Riverside falls to 4-5 on the season with the loss. The Pirates host Waynesfield-Goshen in NWCC baseball action Monday, with first pitch scheduled for 5pm.

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