Riverdale 3rd and 4th Softball Girls Take Pee-Wee Runner Up

By Molly Seales

After a season of much work and growth, the Riverdale Academy 3rd and 4th grade softball team went into the Pee Wee Tournament as the 5th seed and battled through the weekend of March 17th-18th and came out as runner up, right behind a powerful PVA team.

On Friday, March 17th, the Lady Rebels took on Tallulah Academy and came out with a 22-11 win. The girls came out hitting the ball well, with Lindsey McCrory, Grayci Bamberg, and AnnaKate Bailey going 4 for 4 at the plate. Kylee Davis, Hope Williamson, and Adisyn Coe also had a fabulous game, with all three all going 3 for 3. Dally Bell was 2 for 3, Jentry Bounds was 3 for 4, and Skylar Correa was 2 for 4 in their at bats. Bailee Raney and Avery Tingle both had hits for the Lady Rebels. McCrory scored 4 runs, and Davis, Williamson, Bamberg, and Bailey scored 3 runs each. Bell and Coe each scored 2 runs, and Correa and Bounds scored 1 run each.

For the first game on the 18th, the Lady Rebels lost 12-2 to PVA, who later beat them in the championship game. Dally Bell was 2 for 2 at the plate and scored both runs for the team. McCrory, Bailey, and Bamberg were all 1 for 2.  The next game against Claiborne Academy was a thriller, with the Lady Rebels taking a 12-11 win in extra innings. With the Lady Rebels up 12-11, Dally Bell caught a pop up at 3rd and then tagged the runner coming back to 3rd for a double play, ending the game for the victory. Kylee Davis and Avery Longino both had hot bats, with Davis going 4 for 5 and Longino going 4 for 4 at the plate. McCrory was 3 for 5, Correa was 2 for 5, and Bell was 1 for 5. Bamberg was 2 for 4, and Williamson, Bounds, and Bailey were 1 for 4. Davis and Longino scored 3 runs each, while McCrory scored 2, and Correa, Bamberg, Bounds, and Bailey each scored a run.

The 3rd and 4th graders showed more resilience in the next game, taking a 12-9 win over Franklin Academy, this time in 2 extra innings instead of one. The spectators had another fabulous game. In the final inning, Avery Tingle, Davis, Bell, and McCrory each got hits, with Davis, Bell, and Bounds each scoring a run to seal the victory. Leading the way at the plate were Williamson, who went 4 for 4 and Bell who went 4 for 5. Bamberg was 3 for 4, and Correa, Davis, and McCrory were all 3 for 5. Coe was 2 for 5, Bounds was 2 for 4, and Tingle was 1 for 4. Davis, Bell, Williamson, and Bounds each scored 2 runs, and McCrory, Coe, Correa, and Bamberg each scored a run. This game sent them to the championship for a rematch with PVA. The Lady Rebels came up short to PVA again by a score of 12-2. Bell, Davis, Bamberg, McCrory, and Williamson all went 1 for 2, with Davis and Williamson scoring runs for Riverdale.

The Pee Wee Lady Rebels had a fun season and showed much growth under the direction of coaches Cindy Riggs, Jason Bell, Paige Bell, and Pam Bamberg. Team members were AnnaKate Bailey, Grayci Bamberg, Dally Bell, Jentry Bounds, Adisyn Coe, Skylar Correa, Kylee Davis, Makenzie Harper, Avery Longino, Lindsey McCrory, Aubree Raney, Bailee Raney, Avery Tingle, and Hope Williamson. Congratulations on a great season!

Photo credit Brittany Tingle

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