Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside banged out 11 hits and used a six run fourth inning to roll past Weiner 14-6 in high school softball action Thursday afternoon at Lake City.
Kelsey Turner went 3-5 with a home run and a triple and drove in five runs to lead the Lady Rebel onslaught. Kailey Holt went 2-5, stole three bases and scored three times as Riverside improved to 2-8 on the year.
Turner picked up the win, working seven innings, scattering six hits, striking out six while walking eight. Turner gave up six runs in the game.
Jesse Mann went 2-3 and had a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Kassie Douglas and Morgan Emery both went 1-2 and scored twice while Kaitlin Staggs went 1-3 and scored two runs. Katey Campbell singled, stole a base and scored a run while Holly Dudley crossed the plate twice.
The Lady Rebels scored a run in the first, two in the second and one in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Weiner came back with six runs in the top of the fourth to pull ahead 6-4, but Riverside bounced back with six of their own in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good, 10-6. Riverside added two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to put the game away.
The Lady Rebels began the week hosting Trumann, and dropped a 14-3 decision Monday afternoon at Lake City. Kaelynn Benson went 4-4 to lead a 12 hit Lady Wildcat attack. Haley Brewer picked up the win for Trumann, who scored seven runs in the fifth inning to blow the game open. Trumann also stole six bases on the day.
Riverside was led at the plate by Kailey Holt, who went 2-2 with two RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. Kassie Douglas and Kaitlyn Staggs each scored a run, while Katey Campbell stole a base and Morgan Emery drew a pair of walks.
Riverside played host to Rector Tuesday afternoon at Caraway, and came up on the short end of a 5-1 score. Rector jumped on top early when Hillary Calhoun homered in the top of the first inning to give the Lady Cougars a 1-0 lead.
Rector put the game away, scoring four times in the top of the fourth inning. Calhoun had an RBI single in the inning as did Lauren Faulkner and Sara Fannin.
Riverside was led by Kelsey Turner, who had a pair of singles. Kaitlyn Staggs also had a single while Kassie Douglas scored a run.
"It's the same story for us. We have one bad inning that hurts us," said Riverside Coach T.J. Eakins. "It's the same things that we've got to fix. We get back on our heels and have one bad inning and we lose focus for a little while. Before you know it, you're down five or six runs and we aren't hitting the ball well enough to make up for it. We hit the ball well against Weiner and that allowed us to win that game, although we had a bad inning where they scored six runs. If you can find a way to score, you can overcome the bad inning, but most of the time, that hasn't been the case for us this year. But I do see us improving."
Riverside will return to action Monday afternoon when they travel to Rector for a 2A-3 conference game. The Lady Rebels will journey to Marked Tree for another conference match-up Tuesday afternoon against the Lady Indians in a 4:00 doubleheader. Riverside will complete the week on the road against Cross County in a 4:00 conference match-up.