Riverside entered Monday afternoon's South Jersey Group 1 first-round baseball game at Maple Shade as the underdog.
The two teams compete in the Freedom Division of the Burlington County League and the favored Wildcats had edged the Rams twice in the last two weeks by a combined margin of two runs.
The third time proved to be a charm, though, as No. 11 seed Riverside upset sixth-seeded Maple Shade, 3-1, in nine innings.
The Rams struck early as junior Cody Ercol drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning. The lead held until Maple Shade's Matt Lutz ripped a two-out double to score Ray Sivley.
In the ninth inning, junior Tim Rottinger connected for his second hit of the game and drove in the go-ahead run with a single. Ercol followed with a sacrifice fly to add an insurance run.
Washington Township, the
top ranked team in South Jersey and seeded third was ousted in the first round by visiting No. 14 Toms River South, 4-2 on Monday.
The Minutemen had won it's previous 12 games including the Diamond Classic on Sunday. Dylan DiPuluece belted a two-run homer in the second inning for the Indians as Eric Ficks earned the win.
In a matchup of top ranked teams, No. 1 seed Moorestown handled second-seeded Hammonton, 4-1 to win the South Jersey Group 3 Championship on Monday afternoon.
The Quakers swept the individual matches highlighted by Ryan Dickerson's 6-0, 6-0 win over Pete Lancetta at first singles.