Lady Rebels Clinch District Title

By Molly Seales

The Riverdale Lady Rebel softball team took a pair of wins this week, improving their district record to 7-1 and clinching the district championship. They advance to the South State Tournament this Saturday in Sterlington, where they will play their first game at 10:00 a.m.  Their first win came Monday as they finished a previous game that had been called early due to a rainout.  They defeated the Tensas Lady Chiefs 21-2 in 3 innings.  Junior Jessie Kate Cobb picked up another win in the pitching circle. She struck out 7 batters and allowed 2 hits and 2 earned runs. The future of Riverdale softball shined this game at the plate with freshman Jadyn King leading the way with 2 hits, 4 RBI’s, and 1 run scored. 8th graders Hanna Catherine Huddleston and Mary Claire Jones each had a hit, with Huddleston having 2 RBI’s and scoring 2 runs and Jones having 3 RBI’s and scoring 2 runs. 8th grader Julia Grace Riggs drove a double to the fence, knocking in 2 runs and later scoring a run.  Senior Rylee Kate Woodard scored 2 runs and had an RBI, and senior Renee Prosperie had an RBI and scored 3 runs. Cobb added 2 RBI’s and freshman Chloe Jordan scored 2 runs.  Junior Emma Clemons scored 3 runs and sophomore Kylie Donald scored a run.  Pinch runners did a great job on the bases with Sky McMullan scoring 2 runs, and Gracie Stephens and Haylee Smith each scoring a run. Huddleston, Jones, Clemons, Stephens, and McMullan each had a stolen base.

Following the Tensas game, the 2 Lady Rebel senior softball players were honored at senior night. Left fielder #4 Renee Prosperie, who is the daughter of Carey and Donna Prosperie, has been a member of the Lady Rebel softball team for 6 years, and centerfielder #10 Rylee Kate Woodard has been a member of the Lady Rebel softball team for 7 years.  Both players have been great contributors to the success of the team. Prosperie was named to the all-district team as a junior, and Woodard was named to the all-district team as a sophomore, junior, and senior. These girls will really be missed!

Their second win of the week came Tuesday as they traveled to Grand Cane and defeated the Central Lady Pioneers 20-0 in 3 innings. Jessie Kate Cobb got the win in the circle. She pitched the first inning and struck out 2 batters. Emma Clemons came in from the bullpen and pitched the second and third innings, striking out 2 batters.  Cobb and Clemons combined to throw a no hitter. The Lady Rebels had hot bats again on Tuesday. Jadyn King again led the way, going 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBI’s and a run scored. Chloe Jordan went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 4 runs scored. Rylee Kate Woodard had a hit and scored 4 runs, while Renee Prosperie had a hit, an RBI, and scored a run. Cobb had a hit and scored a run, and Clemons had a double and scored 2 runs. Julia Grace Riggs had a hit, 2 RBI’s, and scored a run, and Mary Claire Jones had an RBI.  Pinch runners Sky McMullan and Haylee Smith got the job done on the bases, scoring 3 runs each. Jordan and Woodard each had 2 stolen bases, and Clemons, Prosperie, and Riggs had 1 each. The Lady Rebels were perfect on defense, committing zero errors in the game.

With the Central win, the Lady Rebels clinched the district title and have the #1 seed in the South State tournament, which starts this Saturday. They will take on Rebul Academy at 10:00 a.m.  Good luck at state Lady Rebels!

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