Continuing to prepare for start of district 10-2A play, Rebels go 2-1 in annual tournament over the weekend

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Sports Editor

RESERVE-With the start of district 10-2A quickly approaching, Riverside Head Coach Steve Stropolo is getting his lineup and pitching staff in order to compete in one of the toughest districts in the area.

Hosting on of the most power-packed tournaments in the region, the Rebels went 2-1 in their annual tournament this weekend. Riverside defeated Ceclia,7-3 and Ridgewood,9-3 and lost to St. Charles Catholic,6-5.

9-2 overall on the season, one of the highlights of the tournament for the Rebels was the performance of Jonathan Giroir. Despite losing to the Comets 6-5, Giroir was solid on the mound, giving up only three hits.

“I thought it was good for us to play so well,” Stropolo said. “It was a very tough tournament with several very tough teams.

“As of right now, we are 9-2 and we have one more walk then we do strikeouts at the plate, so we are improving on that. We have been able to turn that around and my credit my team for being patient at the plate.”

Pretty much set in his pitching rotation, Stropolo said he is nearly set on his lineup.

“District for us is about another two weeks away,” Stropolo said. “We only have five baseball-playing teams in the district.

“Pitching wise we are pretty much set up. I am still kind of flip-flopping the lineups with the 7-8-9 guys in our batting order. I don’t know if we have a set bottom of the order yet. and we are looking for the best order.”