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Riverside hosting Catholic High-N.I. in quarterfinals

RESERVE — The No. 4 Riverside Academy Lady Rebels will play a Division III quarterfinal game against No. 5 Catholic High – New Iberia at 2 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Academy.

Coach Tamra Regalo said Catholic High is a skilled but mostly unfamiliar opponent.

The Catholic High Lady Panthers are 21-9 for the season after a Tuesday’s 10-3 win over No. 12 Dunham.

Defense secured the win, with Elise Brown covering ground in centerfield.

Tuesday’s game saw the return of Panthers pitcher Laurie Badeaux, who came off of a hip injury to hold Dunham to three runs on six hits.

Riverside Academy is coming off Monday’s 12-0 regional playoff round shutout over Pope John Paul II, which saw junior Lexi Johnson shine with a line drive left field homer and a three-run double.

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Eighth grader Emily Vicknair performed well in the pitching circle.

If successful in the quarterfinals, Riverside Academy will face the winner of No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 8 Ascension Episcopal, who meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at Notre Dame.

With 29 wins and zero losses for the season, Notre Dame would be a tough team to overpower, according to Regalo.

The Division III Louisiana softball semifinals and championship take place April 26-27 at Frasch Park in Sulphur.