Riverside picked up their first win of the season with a 12-11 come from behind victory in extra innings over Cross County Thursday afternoon at Lake City. The Lady Rebels entered the bottom of the eighth inning trailing 11-9, but tied the game on freshman Rebekah Frayer's two-run triple. Frayer came home with the winning run when senior Holly Dudley laced the game winning RBI single, giving Riverside the victory.
Riverside (1-3, 1-3 2A-3) scored two runs in the first inning before picking up two more in the bottom of the second to take a 4-3 lead over the Lady Thunderbirds. The Rebels got single runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 6-3 edge before Cross County struck for six runs in the top of the fifth to grab a 9-6 advantage.
Kristen Carner's RBI single drove home Beth Anne Snyder with a single run in the bottom of the fifth to pull the Lady Rebels to within 9-7. Riverside scored two times in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Cross County scored twice in the top of the eighth before Riverside's game winning rally in the bottom of the inning.
Riverside pounded out nine hits on the day. Frayer, Dudley and Katie Brown had two hits apiece, with Frayer and Dudley scoring two runs each. Snyder, Carner and Katey Campbell had one hit apiece. Campbell also scored two runs.
Kendra Staggs walked twice and scored a pair of runs while Kaitlyn Staggs walked three times and scored twice. Kaitlyn Staggs went the distance to pick up the victory.
"We finally showed some fire," said Riverside coach T.J. Eakins. "Even though we made some costly mistakes, we fought back time and again. I was very proud of the girls. They really seemed to want to win and to come together as a team."
Riverside began the week with a 14-4 loss at the hands of Marked Tree Monday afternoon at Lake City. The Lady Rebels took a 3-1 lead after the first inning, getting RBI hits from Michelle Cobb and Katey Campbell. Marked Tree rallied with a seven run second inning to take an 8-3 advantage.
The Lady Indians tacked on two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to put the game away. Hannah Ghant picked up the win for Marked Tree while Kaitlyn Staggs took the loss for Riverside.
"I was satisfied with the way we hit for our first game, but we made some costly mistakes on defense," said Eakins. "Luckily those are the kind of mistakes that can be fixed."
Riverside got hits from Morgan Emery, Michelle Cobb, Katey Campbell and Kyley Campbell. Emery, Cobb, Kyley Campbell and Rebekah Frayer all scored runs.
Rector handed Riverside an 11-0 shutout loss Tuesday afternoon at Rector. The Rebels were limited to one hit, a third inning double from Rebekah Frayer. The Lady Cougars scored three runs in the first inning, added one run in the second, and put the game away with a seven run fourth. Rector finished the day with eight hits, including a 4-4 performance by Hillary Calhoun. Amanda Bradford picked up the win.
"Rector played really solid and we didn't," said Eakins. "We seemed flat and had some costly errors, but we could have played great and still lost. We didn't score a single run. I think that was a wake up call to the girls."
The Lady Rebels will take the week off for spring break and will resume action March 30 when they travel to Gosnell. Riverside will play Buffalo Island Central March 31 at Monette.