By Molly Seales
The Riverdale Rebels fabulous baseball season came to an end with a tough two game loss to number two seed Humphreys Academy from Belzoni, Mississippi. Humphreys came to East Point on Monday, April 24 for the first game and the Rebels couldn’t get things going and lost 16-0. Aston Hester started on the mound and went 2.2 innings for the Rebels, allowing 3 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 5 batters. Colton Massey pitched 2.1 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 3 batters. The bats for the Rebels couldn’t connect, with Massey having the only hit in the game. Kaidyn Williams reached on an error and had a stolen base, but that was the only action on the base paths for the Rebels.
On Thursday, April 27, the Rebels traveled to Belzoni to finish the best two out of three series, again falling to Humphreys 11-1 to end their season. Hester started on the mound for the Rebels and went 4.2 innings. He allowed 5 earned runs on 8 hits while striking out 7 batters. Massey pitched a third of an inning, allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits. Williams pitched a third of an inning, allowing one hit and striking out one batter. The Rebel bats did much better than the first game as they collected 7 hits in the game. Landen Barrett was 2 for 3 with a stolen base, while scoring the only run for Riverdale. Hester, Massey, and Williams each had hits for the Rebels. Colton Caskey and Jaxon Gates also had a hit each.
The Rebels had a great season and will return everyone except Massey, Mason Murray, and James Wagoner. They will be strong contenders next year as well. Congratulations on a great baseball season!
Photo credit Wanda Hanna