The Riverside Lady Rebel Softball team completed a blockbuster week by sweeping the Marked Tree Lady Indians 8-0 and 16-2 to clinch second place in the 3AA South Conference. The second place finish automatically qualifies Riverside for the Regional Tournament.
The Lady Rebels began the week with a doubleheader sweep over Bay, winning 4-3 in the first game before taking the nightcap 8-1. Riverside also defeated Marmaduke in non-conference action 9-6 at Marmaduke on Thursday.
The Lady Rebels dominated Marked Tree in the first game as Sam Dunigan pitched a one hit shutout while striking out three. Dunigan also had a hit and drove in two runs. Kassie Douglas and Amanda Milligan had the other two Riverside hits. Milligan also scored a run for the Lady Rebels. Magan Adams had two RBIs and scored one run. Kelsey Turner and Miranda Boyd scored two runs apiece while Amber Murphy and Jesse Mann scored one run each to lead the Rebel attack.
Riverside rolled in the nightcap as Sam Dunigan again pitched five innings, allowing only one hit and two runs. Magan Adams led the offensive attack with one hit, three RBIs and three runs scored. Jesse Mann had a hit, drove in two runs and scored two more while Audrey Booth had one hit, drove in two runs and scored one run. Dunigan added a hit, one RBI and scored twice. Amber Murphy had three RBIs and scored a run. Miranda Boyd had two RBIs and scored twice while Kelsey Turner and Amanda Milligan drove in a run apiece and scored two runs each. Kassie Douglas finished with one RBI and one run scored.
Riverside started the week well when Jesse Mann hit a game winning pinch hit single in the bottom of the fifth inning to score Miranda Boyd and give the Lady Rebels their 4-3 victory over Bay in the doubleheader opener. Sam Dunigan, who was credited with all five pitching victories on the week, went the distance, giving up five hits while striking out two. Dunigan also threw a complete game in the nightcap, allowing only two hits and one run. In the first game, Magan Adams went 1-3 while Audrey Booth and Miranda Boyd went 1-2. Boyd also score two runs, including the game winner. Amanda Milligan scored two runs for the Lady Rebels.
Sam Carter led Bay in the opener, going 1-3 with two RBIs.
In the nightcap, Kassie Douglas went 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored to pace the Rebel offensive attack. Emilee Hook was 1-2 and scored twice while Audrey Booth was 1-3 with a run scored. Miranda Boyd scored two runs while Amanda Milligan and Magan Adams scored a run apiece as the Rebels completed the doubleheader sweep.
On Thursday afternoon, Riverside banged out eight hits and held off a late Marmaduke rally to post the victory over the Lady Greyhounds. Sam Dunigan went all the way on the mound for Riverside, pitching seven innings, allowing six hits and six runs while striking out two. The Lady Rebels went into the bottom of the seventh inning, holding a 9-1 lead, only to see Marmaduke rally for five runs as the Lady Rebels committed five errors before Dunigan closed the door, giving Riverside the win.
Amanda Milligan led the way at the plate for Riverside, going 2-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Dunigan went 2-4. Kelsey Turner was 1-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Amber Murphy went 1-3 with a run scored, while both Jesse Mann and Audrey Booth were 1-4 with one run scored. Magan Adams had one RBI and scored a run, while Kassie Douglas scored two runs to cap off the Rebel attack.
The Lady Rebels will enter District Tournament play against Bay at 11:30 Monday morning at Marked Tree, riding a five game winning streak. Riverside is now 10-7 overall and 6-2 in league play.
(We are really playing good defense right now,( said Riverside Softball Coach T. J. Eakins. (Sam Dunigan is really pitching well and the girls are playing good solid ball behind her. We are having to scratch out runs but as long as we get good pitching and defense we will be in good shape. We are really happy to be seeded second in the district and already qualified for the regional,( concluded Eakins.