It was a rematch of last year's Region I-4A Finals, and Rider made sure that this year's series started the same way last year's ended.
Cameron Allen threw seven no-hit innings with ten strikeouts as the #7 Raiders beat up on Wolfforth Frenship 14-0 to take a 1-0 lead in their Best-of-3 Region I-4A Quarterfinal series at Hardin-Simmons University's Hunter Field in Abilene.
Last year in the Region I-4A Finals against Frenship, Allen had a perfect game broken up in the fifth by the Tigers' Bryndan Arredondo on the same field. This time, he mowed down Arredondo in the seventh inning on his way to the no-no.
Allen, who is signed to play at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock this fall, also went 4-5 from the plate.
He allowed just two baserunners, on a walk and an error, both in the first inning, and cruised from there.
Christien Sager was 3-3 with a triple and drove in four runs, while Ben Smith was 2-4 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Rider put up one in the first, two in the third, three in the fourth, three in the fifth, then put an exclamation point on their blowout with five in the top of the seventh for the final margin.
The two teams will meet again at 11 a.m. back at Hunter Field.
The Olney Cubs looked like they had solved Archer City. They jumped all over Wildcat starter Marty Jentsch in the first inning, scoring five runs, but they didn't score again.
Trailing 5-0 heading into the home half of the fourth inning, the #10 Wildcats clawed back to take the comeback win, 6-5 at Steer Stadium in Graham.
They scored two in that frame, then a single run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take the lead.
Alex Vega led Olney with two RBI and a run scored, all in the first inning.
Archer City's Jody Bullard and Carter McGregor each had two hits, with Bullard adding two runs and one batted in, while McGregor drove in a pair.
Jentsch stayed in the game and earned the win to improve to 10-1 on the season.