Riverside wins 2 of 3 at LHS tourney

Published 12:53 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LUTCHER — Riverside bounced back from a couple of tough losses last week to win two out of three games at the annual Lutcher softball tournament.

The Lady Rebels defeated Neville, 9-2 and Cabrini, 5-2. Teurlings Catholic handed Riverside its lone loss of the weekend, 6-3.

It was a positive outing for a Riverside (5-5) team bouncing back from consecutive losses to top contenders John Curtis and Mount Carmel last week.

“We played much better, pitching wise, hitting wise and defensively we were really solid in our infield,” Riverside coach Tamra Regalo said. “We felt like we certainly could have played better (against Curtis and Mount Carmel), but we were able to raise our game against some good teams (at Lutcher).”

Against Cabrini (6-7), Riverside’s Cheyenne Triche, Briley Becker and Hailey Tassin each went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Caitlin Roussel went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Triche picked up the victory on the mound, striking out four and allowing two runs on five hits.

The Rebel bats came alive against Neville (7-6), with each of Roussel and Abby Bourgeois going 4 for 4 at the plate. Becker went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Janie Milioto went 1 for 4 and drove in three runs, while Toni Perrin was 1 for 2 with two RBIs. Tassin and Madison Watson each collected an RBI as well. Triche allowed five hits and struck out two to earn the win.

In the Rebels’ loss to Teurlings Catholic (12-4) , Milioto drove in two runs and Tassin drove in another. Roussel went 2 for 2. Triche took the loss. She struck out three.

Regalo said her team is coming around to a true team mindset, and it is paying dividends.

“It’s about knowing that sometimes we may not need a double, or even a single, but a fly ball,” Regalo said. “Maybe to lay down a bunt … they’re starting to buy in to that team mentality.”

Roussel’s bat was red hot at the tournament, the Rebels’ leadoff batter going 7 for 9 over her three games.

“She’s doing a really good job leading off,” Regalo said. “Drawing walks, consistently putting it in play, laying down bunts … she’s doing it all. I’m very, very proud of her.”