The Rider Raiders opened up the Abilene tournament with a solid 10-1 win over the Wylie Bulldogs Thursday afternoon.
Ben Smith threw a complete-game to pick up the win, striking out 14 Wylie batters.
Kyler Ritchie was the hitting star, going 4/4 from the plate for the Raiders.
Rider improves to 9-5 overall and will face El Paso Del Valle Friday morning at 10 AM before playing Abilene Cooper at 4 PM.
After two more games Saturday in Abilene, the Raiders will finally make their 2011 home debut Tuesday night against Lake Dallas at Hoskins Field.
The Wichita Falls High School Coyotes also played in Abilene Thursday, dropping a pair of games.
In their early game they fell to Abilene High 10-4, then in their late game they fell to Del Valle 7-6.
On Friday they'll face Shallowater at 10 AM, then Wylie at 1 PM.
Saturday they will wrap up the tournament against Abilene Cooper at 1 PM.
District play resumes Tuesday at Denton against the Broncos.
The Hirschi Huskies got a split in the first day of the Ponder tournament.
In the first game, they defeated Plano John Paul II 3-2 in eight innings.
In their second game, they had a 2-0 lead on the host Lions in the fourth inning, but the Husky starting pitcher had to leave due to arm soreness, and the bullpen couldn't hold the lead, resulting in a 12-2 loss in 6 innings.