By Molly Seales
On Thursday, April 20th, the Riverdale Academy JV and Varsity baseball teams traveled to UCA in Farmerville for the final district game of the season. The Rebels came away with an 8-4 win. Aston Hester went all 7 innings on the mound for the Rebels, allowing 3 earned runs on 4 hits, while striking out 9 batters.
The Rebels jumped out to an early 3-0 first inning lead and scored another run in the top of the 3rd, 2 runs in the top of the 4th, and one in the top of the 5th. UCA threatened with a run in the bottom of the 4th and 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th, but the Rebels hung on to claim the district victory. Sophomore Colton Caskey was on fire at the plate, going 4 for 5 with an RBI, 2 stolen bases, and 2 runs scored. Landen Barrett tripled and singled, had 2 RBIs and scored 2 runs. Hester was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and 2 runs scored. Kaidyn Williams went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a stolen base. Zane Givens went 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs, and Ryder Huddleston went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Mason Murray had a stolen base and scored a run, while Matthew Smith scored a run for the Rebels. Colton Massey added a stolen base.
With the win, the Rebels guaranteed themselves a spot in postseason play. They will begin a best of 3 series with Humphreys Academy out of Belzoni, MS, at Riverdale on Monday at 3:00 p.m. They will then travel to Belzoni on Thursday for the last 2 games (3rd if needed) to try to advance to the next round.
Photo credit Christina Barrett