CARAWAY -- The Riverside Lady Rebels rallied to defeat the Manila Lady Lions 13-12 Thursday afternoon in acontest that was worth the price of admission. Keryn Douglas's grand slam caped off a six run fifth inning as the Lady Rebels never looked back.
Sophomore Amanda Dunigan set the tone for Riverside on the bases as she swiped six stolen bases. Miranda Stephens leads the Lady Rebels with a .500 on-base-percentage and a .387 batting average.
Hailey Faulkner picked up the victory and sophomore Whitney Shasteen closed the game out for Riverside.
Shasteen, a freshman, also went 3-for-3 at the plate with six stolen bases.
"We wouldn't have been victorious without Whitney's pitching performance during the last inning," said Riverside Coach Greg Rainwater. "She pitched out of some tight situations and struck out their best hitter that ended the game with the tying run just sixty feet away."
The Lady Rebels are 3-2 in conference play on the season. The Lady Rebels defeated Walnut Ridge 7-6 on Tuesday and lost to Rector later that afternoon 12-0.
In the stolen base category, the Lady Rebels are led by Miranda Boyd with 21 steals. Senior Amy Barrett leads the team with fourteen RBI's.
Riverside played class 5A Blytheville Chickasaws extremely tough on Wednesday but fail 11-9.
"We have improved extremely since the season started," said Rainwater. "We still have several conference games left and the potential is there for a strong finish in our season."
Riverside will host Bay and Maynard as part of a double-header on Tuesday at Caraway. Both games are very important as league play progresses.