By Molly Seales
The Riverdale Rebels baseball team had three games the week of March 21-25. On Monday, March 21, they traveled to UCA in Farmerville where they took a tough 7-2 loss. Freshman Aston Hester started on the mound and went five innings for the Rebels. He allowed 10 hits and 5 earned runs, while striking out 10 batters. Senior Monroe McCarty pitched one inning, striking out one batter and allowing no hits. McCarty was also 1 for 3 at the plate, and he had 2 stolen bases. Aston Hester was 2 for 3 at the plate and scored a run. Freshman Kaidyn Williams was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. Hester and Denver Williams scored on his hit.
The Rebels fared much better at home Friday, March 25. They played a double header against Central School in Grand Cane. The Rebels beat the Pioneers 19-4 the first game. Monroe McCarty went all 4 innings on the mound for the Rebels. He allowed 4 hits, 4 earned runs, and struck out 9 batters. The Rebel bats were hot, and they were fast on the base paths. McCarty was 2 for 2 (one double) with 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Senior Denver Williams was 3 for 4 (one double) with 4 runs scores and 1 RBI. Sophomore Landen Barrett was 1 for 2 (a homerun) with 1 run scored and 4 RBIs. Junior Colton Massey was 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored. Senior Jake Messenger was 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Kaidyn Williams and junior Tyler Parker each scored 2 runs for the Rebels, while sophomore Ryder Huddleston scored one. The Rebels attempted 24 stolen bases and succeeded each time. Players and their steals were McCarty (7), D. Williams (5), K. Williams (3), Parker, Barrett, and Huddleston (2 each) and Hester, Massey, and Messenger (1.)
The second game was all Riverdale as they defeated the Pioneers 17-0. Aston Hester started on the mound and went all 5 innings, allowing only 2 hits, no runs, and striking out 11 batters. Jake Messenger was 2 for 3 at the plate (one double) and scored 2 runs. Ryder Huddleston was also 2 for 3with a run scored and 4 RBIs. Aston Hester went 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored and an RBI. Denver Williams was 1 for 2 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs, while McCarty was 1 for 2 with 3 runs scored. Landen Barrett was 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Other Rebels runs were scored by Ty Jones (2), with Mason Murray, Thad Bates, Jace Wilhite, and Kyle Guillory each scoring 1 run. The Rebels were once again aggressive on the base paths, with 22 steal attempts and each one being successful. Players and their steals were Hester (5), D Williams (4), Jones (3), Huddleston, Messenger, and McCarty (2 each) and Guillory, Barrett, Wilhite, and Murray (1 each.)
The Rebels will take on Tensas Academy Friday, April 1, at Riverdale. The game begins at 3:00 p.m. Please come out and support your Rebels!