By Molly Seales
The Riverdale Rebel baseball team knew all year that they were in one of the toughest districts in the MSAIS, and this was confirmed as the playoffs began. All four of the teams that beat the Rebels-Tallulah, Tensas, Franklin, and Prairie View, were the final four teams left on the South A side of the bracket. Even though the Rebels were faced with such tough opponents, they battled hard and put up some good enough statistics to be named to the all-district team.
Senior Matthew Seales, who began playing t-ball when he was only 3, was named 1st team all-district. For his senior season, Seales had an outstanding .594 batting average. He also led the team in stolen bases, RBI’s, and on-base percentage. On defense he was a utility player seeing time mainly at 1st base and catcher, but also seeing time at pitcher, shortstop, and his favorite position on senior night, 2nd base.
Junior 3rd baseman Denver Williams had the second highest batting average on the team and was named to 2nd team all-district.
8th grade pitcher Aston Hester and 8th grade 2nd baseman Colton Caskey were also named to 2nd team all-district. These two, along with several others coming up behind them, have a very bright future ahead in Riverdale baseball. Congratulations to these players and all the Rebels on a great season.