The Riverside softball team defeated Belle Chasse 9-1 Wednesday afternoon at Belle Chasse.
“It was a pretty long drive,” Riverside coach Tamra Regalo said. “They did a good job getting off the bus and getting mentally prepared.”
Riverside improved to 22-6, while the loss dropped the Cardinals to 20-8.
The Rebels scored some runs in the second inning, but also endured some tough luck. K.C. Becner hit a long ball to center field to lead off the inning, but Haley Barbazon reached over the fence to rob Becner of a home run.
“That kid is a Division I player, and she showed it,” Regalo said. “Unfortunately for K.C., she stole one. At the same time, it was a great play by the center fielder.”
Later in the second, the Rebels also had a runner thrown out at the plate. However, Toni Perrin pulled a single to left field with runners on first and second to score one run and move another into scoring position.
“The second time around (through the lineup) you know what’s coming at you,” Perrin said. “So you know you have a better chance of getting on base.”
The Rebels added another run on a wild pitch before the side was retired. The Rebels poured it on from there, scoring a pair of runs in each of the next two innings to go up 6-0. Sloppiness plagued the Cardinals in the fourth inning. Belle Chasse committed five errors in the inning to allow both Riverside runs to score.
Riverside’s offense banged out 15 hits for the game.
“Our team is a very good hitting team, and we have multiple RBI every game,” said Perrin, who finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Riverside pitcher, Cheyenne Triche had a good day on the mound, giving up just one run on a homer from opposing pitcher Brookelyn Sweeney.
“I thought I did pretty good,” Triche said. “I’m getting better using all my pitches. I let that one home run go, but my team did a good job getting runs on the board and made it easy for me.”
Triche also helped her cause with three hits and an RBI. “This is only the third game where I’ve hit,” Triche said. “I had to take advantage of it.”