The Riverside Academy Rebels advanced to the Class 2A quarterfinals after defeating the Hannan Hawks 11-3 Reserve on Friday afternoon.
Riverside will face the DeQuincey-Rosepine winner at noon Friday in the state tournament in Sulphur.
“We started off behind after the first inning,” Riverside coach Kristy Hebert said. “We just told the girls to stay calm, and as long as our bats came around, we would be OK.”
The Hawks scored first when Lindsey Ozbon homered off on Riverside starter Toni Hebert to lead off the game.
Hebert settled down from there to give up just two more runs while striking out seven the rest of the way.
“I knew they had a couple of batters who could hit, so I tried to throw around them,” Hebert said. “(Ozbon) got a piece of it, but we shook it off and came back.”
Riverside took the lead for good in the bottom of the second inning when Briley Becker singled in Janie Miliota after a run scored on a wild pitch. Becker and Haley Tassin each drove in a run in the third inning to put the Rebels up 4-1.
The Hawks started to chip away at the lead by scoring a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to climb within one run.
Riverside, though, would break the game open in its half of the fifth inning.
It loaded the bases with one out, and Becker came up with another big hit — a two-run single.
Toni Perrin later drove in two more runs with an infield single with two outs. Perrin just managed to beat out the pitcher’s throw to first and the runner on second never stopped moving.
“I was looking to get a good hit,” Perrin said. “Our bats were on fire, and we just had to keep it going. I wasn’t going to let my team down.”
Perrin was thrown out trying to take second base on the play, but she had given the Rebels an 8-3 lead. They tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning.