By Molly Seales
Riverdale Rebel baseball played three games against Franklin Academy the week of March 15-19. Unfortunately, they did not pull out a win in any of them. Pitching depth continues to be a problem for the Rebels, and they can’t seem to string together hits to score runs. Also, with track, golf, and tennis season happening at the same time as baseball, it is hard to get everyone to practice on the same day. During last week’s games, the Rebels turned two double plays-one from Aston Hester and Matthew Seales in game one of the week, and another from Aston Hester and Paul Messenger in game three of the week. In game one, Denver Williams came through with the only hit for the Rebels, and in game two, Garret Wilhite came through with the only hit. In game three, Matthew Seales and Paul Messenger both had base hits in the top of the 1st inning, but the Rebels were unable to get a run across the plate. Mason Murray led off the top of the 3rd inning with a line drive to center field. Matthew Seales batted next for a single that moved Murray to second. Two batters later, Brennan Edie got a solid hit and was thrown out, but he collected an RBI as Murray crossed the plate. 8thgrader Colton Caskey has proven himself to be a solid force at 2nd base, playing two games with no fielding errors, while 8th grader Aston Hester and senior Brennan Edie are giving solid performances on the mound. However, with the high school pitch limit, they can only throw so many pitches per week.
The Riverdale Varsity track team traveled to Parkers Chapel High School in El Dorado, Arkansas for a meet on Thursday, March 18th and competed against athletes from private and public schools. 8th grader Bryson Smith placed 9th in the 100 meter dash, while senior Brennan Edie placed 6th in the 200 meter dash. Junior Jake Messenger placed 3rd in the 800 meter run. Jake also placed 3rd in the 110 meter hurdles and 8th in the long jump. In the girls division, 7thgrader Alaina Boyd placed 7th in the 100 meter dash finals, while 9th grader Georgia Carlisle placed 8th. In the 200 meter dash finals, junior Rylee Kate Woodard placed 3rd and Georgia Carlisle placed 6th. Woodard also placed 4th in the 800 meter run. 7th grader Mary Claire Jones placed 5th in the 1600 meter run. In the girls 100 meter hurdles finals, junior Kenley Loftin finished 2nd. In the 300 meter hurdles finals, Kenley took 1st place. The girls 4 x100 and 4 x 200 relay teams both took 3rd place. In the long jump finals, 8th grader Shirley Boyd took 7th place and Georgia Carlisle took 8th place. In the discus finals, 8th grader Jadyn King took 5th place, Alaina Boyd took 6th place, and 7th grader Makayla Pickett took 7th place. In the girls shot put finals, 9th grader Emily Cason took 5th place, Jadyn King took 6thplace, and 7th grader Julia Grace Riggs took 7th place.
The Riverdale tennis team traveled to Prairie View in Bastrop on Monday, March 22nd. The young Rebel team played well at their second match of the year. The mixed doubles team of cousins, 7th grader Mary Claire Jones and senior Paul Messenger picked up a district win in their match at this meet.
The Riverdale golf team also traveled on Monday, March 22nd, but they headed to Tallulah. They won their first tournament of the season. After the scores were added up, Riverdale and Claiborne Academy were tied. Riverdale defeated Claiborne on the first playoff hole by one stroke. Golf team members who were at the tournament included Hanna Catherine Huddleston, Ryder Huddleston, Reagan Huddleston, Caden Long, Ty Jones, Austin Giddens, and Mason Murray.
The Rebel baseball team travels to Vicksburg, MS on Tuesday, March 23 to play Tallulah. JV and varsity teams both have games. On Friday, Tallulah comes to Riverdale for a double header that will begin at 2:00 p.m. The tennis team will travel to Franklin Academy on Thursday, March 25th for another match, and the JV and varsity track team will travel to Lakeside on Thursday, March 25th for a meet. It’s a busy week of spring sports for the athletes of Riverdale Academy!