The Riverside Lady Rebels battled back from an early 9-0 deficit only to see Crowley's Ridge Academy use an 11 run fifth inning to blow open a close game en route to a 20-6 thumping Thursday afternoon at Lake City.
The Rebels fought back to make the score 9-6 before the Lady Falcons exploded to blow the game open in the final regular season game of the year for both teams.
Riverside (7-10, 4-8) was led at the plate by Jesse Mann who had two singles and two RBIs. Carrie Schoolfield also ripped two singles, drove in a run, and scored a run to aid the Rebel cause. Amanda Milligan added a single, an RBI and scored a run. Jessica Mayfield had a single and scored a run while Miranda Stephens and Tiffany Treece added singles for Riverside.
Sam Dunigan suffered the loss, striking out three while giving up seven walks and 13 hits.
The Lady Falcons had four players with two hits and three runs scored each, as they posted only their second victory of the season and avenged an earlier season loss to Riverside.
"They were a better team this time around," said Riverside Coach T. J. Eakins. "Their pitcher (Kara Colburn) threw strikes and they made the plays in the field. I can see them giving Maynard a tough time in the district tournament this week," added Eakins.
The Lady Rebels will open district tournament play 3:00 p.m. Monday at Rector as the number six seed in the tournament. Riverside's opponent will be third seeded Walnut Ridge.
"This is a one and out tournament," said Eakins. "If we can pull off the win, we will advance to the regional tournament next week. I think this will be a pretty evenly matched game that will come down to who makes the plays. Walnut Ridge has a couple of really good hitters and a good pitcher," concluded Eakins.