Marked Tree outslugs Lady Rebels 19-12
Riverside pushed across 12 runs but it wasn't enough to stop Marked Tree as the Lady Indians piled up 19 runs of their own in dealing the Lady Rebels a 19-12 defeat in 3AA South softball action Monday afternoon at Marked Tree.
Marked Tree took a 2-1 lead into the third inning only to see the Rebels score twice to grab a 3-2 lead, thanks to an RBI double by Sam Dunigan and a run scoring single off the bat of Katie Campbell. The Lady Indians quickly answered with an eight run third inning to grab a 10-3 lead heading into the fourth.
Riverside rallied with five runs of their own to close the gap to 10-8. Dunigan laced her second double of the game to drive in a pair of runs while Campbell and Kelsey Turner produced run scoring hits.
Trailing 11-8 entering the fifth inning, Riverside rallied once again, scoring three times with the big hit coming when Turner drilled a two-run single.
But Marked Tree blew the game open with a six run fifth as Holly Rae Malone got the big blow, rapping a bases clearing double to give the Lady Indians a 17-11 lead. Emma Jo Terrell's two run home run in the bottom of the sixth capped off the scoring as the Lady Indians improved to 11-14.
Turner led the Rebels at the plate going 3-5, including a solo homer in the first inning. Turner finished with three RBIs and scored twice. Dunigan also went 3-5 and drove in three runs while scoring a pair of runs. Campbell also banged out three hits and drove in a game high four runs for the Lady Rebels.
Kailey Holt and Morgan Emery had a hit apiece and scored two runs each. Holly Dudley also had a hit and scored a run. Emilee Hook added a pair of runs while Kassie Douglas scored once.
Sam Dunigan (5-5) worked five and 2/3 innings and picked up the loss.
Riverside traveled to Cherry Valley Tuesday afternoon and dropped a 12-2 decision to Cross County.
Riverside was limited to four hits on the day. Kailey Holt, Magan Adams, Holly Dudley and Kelsey Turner all had singles. Katey Campbell and Kassie Douglas scored one run apiece as the Lady Rebels dropped to 15-8 on the year.
Riverside will return to action Monday morning as they begin play in the 3AA South District Tournament at Bay. The Lady Rebels will face East Poinsett County in a 10 a.m. match-up.