By Molly Seales
The Riverdale Academy first-year 4th-6th grade baseball team travelled to Rayville this weekend to play in their final games of the season. Call them the underdogs. Call them the come-back-kids. Call them what you want, but this little team went charging into the tournament ready to make a name for themselves, and they did. After dropping game one in extra innings 7-6 to PVA, the boys came back Saturday and began charging their way through the elimination bracket before falling in their 3rd game of the day.
In Friday’s game vs. PVA, 5th grader Carter Breedlove was on the mound most of the game for the Rebels. He struck out six batters and only walked one. Karson Milner-Dortlon led the way at the plate, going 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s. Kane Milner-Dortlon was 1 for 2 at the plate, with an RBI and a run scored. Hayden Cason and Morgan Moseley added hits for the Rebels, with Moseley also scoring a run. Jax Hearold had an RBI and scored a run. Other Riverdale runs came from Kaden McNeely, Sam Murray, and Drew Curry. The Rebels were quick on the base paths, stealing a total of 10 bases. Jackson Hillman, Kane Milner-Dorton, and Moseley had 2 each, with Hearold, Curry, McNeely, and Karson Milner-Dorton each had one. Catcher Kaden McNeely had the most plays with 7, and Riverdale didn’t commit a single error in the game.
At 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, RA was back in action against Riverfield Blue and came out on top with an 8-5 win. Jackson Hillman started on the mound and struck out one batter before Jax Hearold came in out of the bull pen and got the win on the mound for the Rebels, allowing only 2 hits, 2 earned runs, and striking out 6 batters. The Riverdale bats were hot on a chilly morning. Kaden McNeely, Jackson Hillman, Carter Breedlove, Easton Cason, and Jax Hearold were all 1 for 1 at the plate, with Breedlove, McNeely, and Hearold doubling on their hits. McNeely, Hillman, Hearold, Breedlove, Hayden Cason, and Easton Cason all had an RBI. Other Riverdale runs came from Ayden Moseley, Morgan Moseley, and Drew Curry. Jackson Hillman stole 2 bases with Curry, Morgan Moseley, Easton Cason, and Kane Milner-Dortlon stealing one each.
At 12:30 the Rebels took on the JGS Red Rams and defeated them by a score of 7-6. Carter Breedlove and Jax Hearold pitched for the Rebels and managed to hold JGS to only 6 runs. Kane Milner-Dortlon was on fire at the plate, going 3 for 3, including 2 doubles, with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Jackson Hillman was 1 for 3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Kaden McNeely was 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Karson Milner-Dortlon was 1 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored. Other Riverdale runs were courtesy of Breedlove, Hearold, and Sam Murray. The Rebels stole an outstanding 13 bases. Hearold led the way with 3, followed by Kane, Karson, McNeely, and Breedlove with 2 each. Murray and Hillman each stole a base.
The Rebels fell short in their last game 11-1 to a very tough and disciplined JGS Black Rams team. Riverdale didn’t manage to get any hits. Kaden McNeely drew a walk and stole 3 bases to score Riverdale’s only run. Despite this tough loss, the Rebels had a great season and weekend. The future of Riverdale baseball looks very bright!
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