Top-seeded Rebels move on

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 20, 2011



RESERVE — Riverside performed to every bit of its billing as the top seed in Class 2A Saturday, as the Rebels finished Episcopal-Baton Rouge in four innings, 15-0 by the 15-run rule in a bi-district playoff game.

Riverside will face the winner of No. 16 South Beauregard and No. 17 Anacoco.

Destin Vicknair pitched her second no-hitter within four days, coming off of a Wednesday shutout of Pearl River. Vicknair struck out four.

“She’s throwing it very well,” said Riverside coach Kristy Hebert. “And a no-hitter also means our defense is doing what it’s supposed to do. She struck out four, which meant the defense backed her up for eight plays. Everything clicked.”

She and Megan Stein were each 3 for 3 at the plate. Stein collected a team-high three RBIs, while Vicknair notched a pair of doubles and an RBI of her own.

Kori Bourgeois went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Taylor Terrio went 2 for 4 for Riverside (28-2).

Episcopal finished its season with a record of 6-14.

The Rebels scored six runs in the first inning, one in the second and five in the third before putting up three in the fourth to close things out.

“We got off to a great start,” said Hebert. “Of our first six batters, five of them singled or doubled and the other walked. We sent all nine up in the first inning and when six of them reach, it’s impressive. I’m very happy with the way we’re swinging the bat.”

South Beauregard and Anacoco were to play Tuesday night. They split during the regular season as foes in District 4-2A.

Riverside did not play Anacoco, but defeated South Beauregard twice, 8-1 and 11-1.

Hebert said no matter who is next, the Rebels must keep the pressure on.

“You can’t underestimate anyone. Even if we beat a team twice, you know what they say about beating a team three times in one season. It’s difficult,” Hebert said. “It depends on how we show up. I like how we’re hitting, pitching and fielding. If we keep that up, we’ll get back to Sulphur.”