LOGAN, Ohio —Timely hitting leads the Lady Chieftains past the Lady Raiders.
The River Valley softball team dropped two games to non-conference host Logan on Saturday, the first by an 8-2 count and the second by an 8-0 mark.
The opening game was scoreless for the first two and a half innings but the Lady Chieftains marked four runs in the bottom of the second to take the advantage. RVHS (5-11) cut the deficit in half in the top of the second when Libby Leach and Bethany Gilbert both scored on sacrifice bunts by Ashley Gilmore and Katie Mares. Logan answered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth and capped off the 8-2 win.
Faith Freeman earned the win for LHS after striking out one and walking one, while Ashley Gilmore suffered the setback in the circle for RVHS, as she struck out three, walked five and hit one batter.
Leach led the Lady Raiders with two hits, while Amanda Eddy and Erin Morgan each singled. Leach and Gilbert each scored a run, Gilmore and Mares both had an RBI, while Chelsea Copley had a stolen base.
Freeman, Morgan Robinette, Melanie Starlin, Symantha Horton, Nicole Beck, Lexi Mcbride and Alyssa Zaayer each had a single for Logan, while Robinette added two RBIs.
The second game Logan broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the bottom of the third inning, all of which came with two outs. The Lady Chiefs added one run in the fifth and another in the sixth to seal the 8-0 triumph.
Lainie Nakanishi struck out five and earned the win for LHS, while Ashley Gilmore struck out two, walked five and suffered the loss for RVHS.
The Lady Raiders were led by Leach with two singles, followed by Copley, Eddy, Morgan and Hurt with a single each. Hurt added a stolen base for the Silver and Black.
Nakanishi led Logan with two hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Starlin, Freeman, McBride, Jessica Conley and Grayce Huntsberger each added a single.