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By DYLAN JONES
Both the softball and baseball teams at Richton High School seemed to be gathering momentum this past week.
In baseball, the Rebels dropped a tough Friday game against a 1-loss Northeast Jones team in their second contest this season. While RHS lost the game 4-1, the team showed they could compete with tough competition. Center fielder Braxton Brewer would lead the Rebels’ effort, going 2-for-3 with no strikeouts and scoring the team’s only run.
The Rebels traveled to Wayne Academy on Saturday to earn a win on the road, out scoring the Jaguars 3-1. Left fielder Garrett Brewer would have a flawless day at the plate, going 3-for-3, while sophomore pitcher Brannon Riley would dominate on the mound, striking out seven and allowing just one run.
On Monday, the team headed to Laurel and put up football-esque numbers in a whopping 23-8 win over the Tornados. The bats erupted against Laurel, with first baseman Caleb Sullivan going 4-for-5 with five RBIs. Senior shortstop Dylan Farve had a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate with two RBIs and accounting for four of the team’s runs. Jacob Broome and Ty Richard both earned three RBIs of their own. As a whole, the team would only strikeout twice at the plate.
Richton will be back in action on Friday with a trip to East Marion. They follow that with two games on Saturday at Seminary against Laurel and the 3-3 home team.
On the softball diamond, the Lady Rebels had a week filled with plenty of close games. In Mize, the girls would win a 4-3 nailbiter to kickoff tournament action on Saturday. Outfielder Brooke Greenway was 2-for-3 over the course of the game, earning an RBI as well. In the circle, Amber Cowart led her team to the win, allowing just four hits while striking our four along the way.
The team would then play a 7-1 Stringer later that day, and despite Richton’s best efforts to put together a late rally, the Lady Rebels would ultimately lose 6-4. Cowart would pitch this game as well, allowing five hits and collecting eight strikeouts . She was also 2-for-3 at the plate.
Outfielder Dacota Prine was 1-for-3 in four plate appearances, hitting a double and also touching home plate soon after being hit by a pitch.
On Tuesday, the Lady Rebels faced yet another tough opponent in Northeast Jones. Despite keeping things even for a majority of the game, Richton would lose 3-1 after Northeast Jones posted two late runs. Prine was 1-for-3 with the team’s only RBI, while Cowart would go 2-for-2 with two doubles. Outfielder Presley Black had a double as well.
The team, which now owns a 3-3 record, was set to host Taylorsville on Thursday and will travel to play Resurrection Catholic on Monday. They will finish next week with a cross-county rivalry matchup at home.