Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside traveled to Paragould Friday afternoon and came away with their first victory of the season, pounding out a 19-6 rout of Crowley's Ridge Academy in 2A-3 softball action. The Lady Rebels jumped on the Falcons, scoring 12 runs in the first inning to blow the game open.
Freshman Michelle Cobb went 4-5, drove home five runs while scoring three times to lead 1 15 hit Lady Rebels attack. Katey Campbell and Kelsey Turner each went 2-2. Turner finished with a pair of RBI's and scored a run while Campbell scored twice and had one RBI.
Kailey Holt had a single, an RBI and crossed the plate four times. Kaitlin Staggs had a single, drove home two runs and scored twice. Kassie Douglas had an RBI single and scored three times. Morgan Emery had an RBI single and scored once. Brianna Driver drove in a run with a single while Jesse Mann had a single and a run scored. Staggs went the distance to pick up the win, giving up six runs on just three hits. Staggs walked four and struck out one.
"It was good to get the first win," said Riverside Coach T.J. Eakins. "We've played some pretty good games and we finally put it together today. Michelle Cobb had a great game. I've been waiting for her to explode and she did that today. She hit the ball and set the pace and everyone else followed. We played pretty good defense today, although we had one shaky inning, which has been our problem all year. But when you score a lot of runs, you can get through one bad inning."
Riverside journeyed to Bay Thursday afternoon and ran into hard throwing freshman pitcher Lacy Staten. Staten struck out 18 Lady Rebels on her way to a 3-0 no-hit victory in 2A-3 conference play.
Meghon Mink had a two-run triple in the first inning when the Lady Yellowjackets scored the game's only three runs.
Kelsey Turner went the distance for the Lady Rebels, giving up six hits in absorbing the loss.
Staten struck out the first 12 batters she faced before Michelle Cobb grounded out to second to begin the Riverside fifth inning. The Lady Rebels failed to get a base runner until sophomore Holly Dudley reached first base on a wild pitch after striking out with two outs in the fifth inning.
The Lady Rebels threatened to score in the sixth inning when Kailey Holt reached first base on a wild pitch despite striking out. Kelsey Turner hit a slow roller to first base that Bay's Lauren Robbins booted for an error, giving Riverside runners at first and second with two outs, but Staten enticed Katey Campbell to ground out to third to end the inning. Staten retired the Rebels in order in the seventh to notch the victory.
"Lacy Staten was very impressive," said Eakins. "She pitched very well today. We never could hit the ball hard off of her. She is a very good pitcher for a freshman."
Riverside (1-6, 1-3) will return to action Monday when they play host to Trumann in a 4:00 game at Lake City. Riverside will host Rector in a 2A-3 conference game Tuesday afternoon at Caraway, also at 4:00. The Lady Rebels will complete the week when they play host to Weiner in a 4:00 non-conference game Thursday afternoon at Lake City.