Riverside continues hot hitting against hannan

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 6, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / March 6, 1999

RESERVE – A new, sturdier softball was introduced at the high school level this season.

With the way the Riverside Lady Rebels have been hitting lately, it may not be sturdy enough.

The Lady Rebels reached Archbishop Hannan pitching for 12 hits Tuesday afternoon, four for extra bases, and Tanya Teague kept the Hawks in check for a 10-0 victory at the Lady Rebel Diamond. The game was called in thebottom of the fifth due to the 10-run rule.

Riverside, coming off a successful St. John Tournament in which they tookthree of four games, improved to 8-2 with the win.

Teague (8-2) went the distance for the Lady Rebels, allowing two hits while striking out 10 and walking one. Jen Morin took the loss for Hannan,giving up the 12 hits and 12 earned runs while walking five and striking out three.

“We are knocking the cover off the ball,” Riverside coach Matt White said.

“The ball is jumping off the bats. The girls tell me it is look like a beachball right now. I am very pleased with the bats this year. Tanya didanother good job and she is giving the girls a chance to make plays. We areplaying well right now.”The Lady Rebels jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

Kelly Louque led off with a single to center and scored as Nicole Lambert lined a triple into the left-center field gap. Heidi Richard then hit a pop upthat fell in along the left field line for a double, scoring Lambert to make it 2-0.

After Teague followed with a walk, Richard and courtesy runner Ashley Bourgeois moved up on a wild pitch as Morin was striking out Vanessa Taormina. Cassie St. Amant then brought in both runners by ripping asingle up the middle.

The Lady Rebels added two in the bottom of the third. Louque again got theinning started by drawing a walk and advanced to second base on a passed ball by Krystal Holmes. Lambert followed with a single to center, puttingrunners on the corners with none out.

Louque then broke for the plate as Lambert stole second, beating the throw in from shortstop Melaney Bouterie. Bouterie’s throw got by Holmes,allowing Lambert to advance to third. Richard then brought her in with asingle to center, giving the Lady Rebels a 6-0 lead.

Teague continued to mow (See RIVERSIDE, Page 3C) down the Hannan batters, retiring nine in a row before Lauren Sanborn reached her for a walk with one out in the fourth. Teague came back tostrike out Holmes and Stephanie Charff to end the inning.

Riverside made it 8-0 in the bottom of the frame. After Angela Buddymade a running catch of Amie Graugnard’s fly ball into the left-center field gap, Courtney St. Amant, Katie Brady and Louque all singled. Lambertand Richard each reached Morin for walks, driving in St. Amant and Brady.Christen Miller broke up Teague’s no-hit bid with a two-out double into the left-center field gap. Buddy followed with a single to left but Teaguegot out of the jam by getting pinch hitter Robin Detwiller to ground out to Graugnard at third to end the inning.

Cassie St. Amant opened the bottom of the frame with a single to left.Graugnard followed with a double over the Lady Rebels sign in center field, putting runners at second and third. Courtney St. Amant then platedCassie St. Amant with a ground out to short. Brady followed by lining asingle to left, scoring Graugnard with the Lady Rebels’ 10th run.

Riverside is playing in the Lutcher Tournament this weekend. The LadyRebels open defense of their District 9-2A title Thursday at St. Martin’sand White is liking his team’s play going into district.

“This is the time you want to play well,” White said. “We are starting tojell and coming together as a team.”

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