River Valley stings Lady Hornets, 7-4

Bryan Walters

April 17, 2014

COAL GROVE, Ohio — The River Valley softball team picked up its second consecutive win — both in league and overall — Wednesday night following a 7-4 decision over host Coal Grove in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Lawrence County.

The Lady Raiders (4-6, 2-1 OVC) never trailed in the contest as the guests stormed out to a 3-1 lead after one inning and never looked back. The Lady Hornets (1-4 OVC) answered with a run in the fourth to pull to within 3-2, but ultimately never came closer the rest of the way.

RVHS tacked on two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth for a sizable 7-2 cushion, but CGHS countered with two scores in the bottom of the seventh to eventually wrap up the game at its three-run outcome.

Coal Grove outhit the Lady Raiders by a small 8-7 margin, but the hosts also committed five of the seven errors in the game. Both teams stranded eight runners on base.

Bethany Gilbert was the winning pitcher of record after allowing five walks over seven innings while fanning two. Kelci Grove suffered the setback after surrendering just one walk over seven innings while striking out nine.

Libby Leach, Ashley Gilmore and Cori Williams each led RVHS with two hits, while Katie Mares also singled in a run and scored for the victors. Gilbert had a team-best two RBIs, while Leach scored three runs and Gilmore scored twice.

Williams and Amanda Eddy drove in a run apiece for the victors, while Chelsea Copley also scored a run.

Britney Webb paced CGHS with four hits, while Grove, Katelyn Murphy, Deanna Bentley and Morgan Scites each had a safety and scored a run.