CHESHIRE, Ohio — Kicking off the season in style.
The River Valley softball team earned a season opening 11-1 victory Saturday over non-conference guest Symmes Valley, in Gallia County.
The Lady Raiders (1-0) broke the scoreless tie in the home half of the third inning when Amanda Eddy doubled home Chelsea Copley and Erin Mogan. Ashley Gilmore added a two-run homerun in the third to push the RVHS lead to 4-0.
Symmes Valley got on the board for the first time in the fifth inning, cutting the deficit to 4-1. Three RVHS hits, along with a quartet of Lady Viking errors, allowed the Silver and Black to string together seven runs in the sixth frame and end the game via mercy rule, 11-1.
Bethany Gilbert earned the pitching victory for River Valley, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks. Gilbert threw six innings and struckout four Lady Vikings.
The losing pitcher of record was Katelyn Payne and she allowed 11 runs and seven hits, while walking three and striking out five.
Amanda Eddy led RVHS with two hits, a double and a single, while Ashley Gilmore hit a two-run homerun in the fourth inning. Chelsea Copley, Libby Leach, Alexis Hurt, and Erin Morgan each added a single, while Copley and Katie Mares each had a stolen base.
Gilmore, Copley and Morgan each scored twice, while Eddy, Hurt, Leach, Mares and Cori Williams each had one run scored. Eddy had a team-high three runs batted in, Gilmore added two, while Hurt and Reilly Barcus each had one RBI.
The second game of the scheduled double header was called off after the first inning due to rain.