Softball and Baseball: It's a Rigney family affair


What a night,  25, 2019. Cole, Evy and Gracie Rigney all hit homers.Well, not just homers, senior Cole (was also just named Homecoming King at the Gretna High School Prom) plays varsity base-ball hit a grand slam against Chatham. One of his four sisters, sophomore Evy, hit a 3-run homer, followed by little sister, eighth grader Gracie, who hit a grand slam. All the Rigney siblings have been leading their respective teams this year. This is nothing new as each has been playing their respective sport since the age of three. Although they are branching out, the girls play volleyball and Cole had a standout year as a football player. Their parents, Chad and Amy Rigney, have five kids: four girls and a boy. Speaking to them, it is apparent Chad is the cata-lyst behind their love of the game. Chad, himself, played a little baseball un-til he was injured. Cole has committed to play baseball at Liberty University. He is currently leadingGretna with a batting average of .596. He has received numerous distric-tand regional awards. Cole’s primary position is catching; however, he was the winning pitcher against a very tough Ap-pomattox team last week. Cole plays travel ball with the Virginia Reds, which he plays all summer. When asked what his greatest baseball mem-ory was, he replied, “Clearly, hitting my first home run when I was 10-years old and start-ed crying all the way around the bases.”As good of a player as Cole is, he is a very humble young man. When asked who he would thank for his success, he quickly stated that his father was the one who pushed him the hardest. He went on to add that his sisters were the true support beam un-der him.“I know without their sacrifices and commitment to me being successful, I would not be being going to Liberty to play,” Cole said. 

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