Published 12:00 am Monday, April 27, 1998

Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / April 27, 1998

RESERVE – Early in Riverside’s bi-district playoff game against Christian Life Thursday afternoon, Lady Rebel starting pitcher Tanya Teague asked for some Tylenol or Advil for a headache she had.

But for the Christian Life batters, it must have looked like Teague was throwing aspirins as she held the Crusaders to five hits while striking out 14 in the Lady Rebels’ 7-1 victory.

Riverside improved to 23-7 on the season and will travel to Newman Monday for the regional playoffs. Christian Life concluded its season at17-9 after finishing in third place in District 7-2A.

Teague, 21-6 on the season, opened the contest by striking out the first seven batters she faced. The Lady Rebels gave her all the runs she wouldneed in the first, scoring three runs off Christian Life starter Jennifer Brewer.

Marcy Remondet opened the inning by beating out a bunt to Brewer and went to second as Bridget Lambert drew a walk. Melissa Martin then lineda triple into the left field corner, scoring Remondet and Lambert. Martincame in to score as Katie Brady singled between first and second.

The Lady Rebels tacked on to their lead in the bottom of the second. AmyGraugnard led off the inning with a walk but was caught in a rundown between second and third on a single by Remondet. Graugnard stayed in therundown long enough for Remondet to advance to second. After Lambertbeat out a bunt to Brewer, Martin brought in Remondet with a double high off the right-center field wall. Brady followed with a single to center,plating Lambert and Martin and giving the Lady Rebels a 6-0 lead.

Angel Matherne reached Teague for the Crusaders’ first hit of the game with one out in the third. Jackie Jones followed with a walk and Mindy Roysingled to load the bases. Teague pitched out of the jam by striking outMeghan Roy and Lani Corbin looking.

The Crusaders plated a run in the fourth as Lauren Lake and Brewer singled to right and Matherne blooped a double over the glove of second baseman Ashley Bourgeois. Teague got out of further trouble as Lambert raced infrom right field to grab Jones’ line drive. Teague cruised through the lastthree innings, retiring the final nine batters, including four strikeouts.

The Lady Rebels added a run in the bottom of the fifth as Mandy Roussel singled to center to open the inning. On the first pitch to Courtney St.Amant, Matherne tried to pick off courtesy runner Vanessa Taormina but had her throw skip into right field. Right fielder Heather Standfill’s throwto second sailed into left field, allowing Taormina to score. “We startedoff lining hits in the early innings and then held our breaths until the end,” Riverside coach Matt White said. “Teague pitched out of jams and we madethe plays. When she is on, she is tough to hit.”

Photo: RIVERSIDE PITCHER TANYA TEAGUE looks in for a sign during the Lady Rebels’ 7-1 victory over Christian Life.

Photo by Michael Kiral.

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