By Molly Seales
On Thursday, March 3, the Riverdale Varsity baseball team opened up their season at home against King’s Academy. The Rebels had an easy 12-0 win over Kings. Riverdale had 8 hits and only 1 fielding error on the day. First year player sophomore Ryder Huddleston looked like a seasoned player at the plate, where he was 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs. He also scored 3 runs and had a stolen base. Senior Jake Messenger, who is also new to baseball, was 2 for 3 at the plate and scored a run. Sophomore Landen Barrett was 1 for 1 with 3 walks. Barrett had 2 RBIs, scored 2 runs, and had 5 stolen bases. Freshman pitcher Aston Hester went the distance for the Rebels, pitching all 6 innings. Hester allowed just 2 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 10 batters. For his performance on the mound, Hester was named the MaxPreps Baseball Player of the Game. Congratulations Aston.
On Saturday, March 6, the 5th and 6th grade Rebels traveled to Rayville and took on Riverfield B. The Rebels had a great day, defeating Riverfield 14-0. 5th grader Carter Breedlove got the win on the mound and was one batter away from tossing a no-hitter. Breedlove pitched all 3 innings, giving up only one hit, allowed only 2 baserunners, no earned runs, and struck out 8 batters. 6th grader Jackson Hillman had a hit for Riverdale, which also gave him 2 RBIs. 4th grader Easton Cason also had 2 RBIs for the Rebels. The future looks bright for Riverdale baseball. Congratulations!