The Riverside Lady Rebel Softball team wishes Spring Break had never come. Prior to the break, the Lady Rebels were off to a 3-0 start and were riding high. But after a week of inactivity, Riverside found themselves in a three game tailspin before breaking out of the doldrums with a 13-1 3AA South conference win over East Poinsett County Thursday at Caraway.
Freshman Kelsey Turner led the hitting attack for the Rebels going 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Miranda Boyd was 2-2, scored three runs and drove home another. Magan Adams went 2-3, scored twice, and drove in a run while Jesse Mann went 1-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Audrey Booth was 1-3 at the plate, scoring three times while Emilee Hook also was 1-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Sam Dunigan picked up the victory on the mound as she improved to 4-2 on the year, allowing only four hits while not allowing a walk.
Riverside began the week with a 13-0 non-conference loss to Rector at Lake City. Lady Cougar Tara Shepard went the distance on the mound, striking out 10 while throwing a one hit shutout. Shepard also was 2-4 at the plate with three RBIs while Skye Shepard went 3-5 with four runs scored and two RBIs. Rector improved to 6-0 with the victory.
Riverside managed only one hit by Jesse Mann as the Lady Rebels suffered their first loss of the season in falling to 3-1. Sam Dunigan, 3-1, took the loss for Riverside, striking out six while walking three.
Riverside returned to action Tuesday and dropped a wild 18-15 decision to Walnut Ridge at Lake City. Jordan Rorex was a perfect 5-5 at the plate while Nat Williams drove in five runs on four hits to lead the Lady Bobcat attack. Walnut Ridge jumped to an early 10-2 lead before the Rebels roared from behind with the help of 20 base on balls to grab a 15-13 lead. The Lady Bobcats then rallied for five runs for the come from behind victory.
Riverside, 3-2, was led offensively by Jesse Mann who went 2-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Audrey Booth and Emilee Hook were the only other Lady Rebels to manage hits.
Williams picked up the victory for the 8-2 Bobcats while Dunigan saw her record fall to 3-2. The junior struck out one while walking four.
Prior to Riverside's victory over EPC Thursday afternoon at Caraway, the Lady Rebels hosted Piggott and dropped their third straight contest, 10-0, in a five inning game. Chelsey Grimes picked up the win, allowing four hits, striking out six, while not allowing any walks in pitching the complete game victory. Kelsey Turner, 0-1, took the loss for Riverside, giving up seven hits while striking out two and walking 12. Riverside had four hits in the game as freshman Kassie Douglas went 2-2 while Audrey Booth and Sam Dunigan were each 1-2 at the plate.
"The season was going real well before the break," said Riverside Softball Coach T.J. Eakins. "We were playing real good defense and were hitting the ball. But we came out rusty this past week and made way too many errors and just couldn't seem to hit the ball at all. Hopefully, Thursday's victory over EPC will break us out of our slump. Plus, we are undefeated in the conference. I think we will be all right as the season goes along."
Riverside (4-3, 2-0) will play a non-conference doubleheader on Monday against Brookland at Caraway, before traveling Tuesday to Walnut Ridge for another non-conference match-up against the Lady Bobcats.