CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — No shortage of offense.
The River Valley softball team posted 20 hits Friday night as the Lady Raiders edged non-conference host Southeastern by a 16-14 count.
River Valley (7-14) jumped out to an early lead as Chelsea Copley, Libby Leach and Alexis Hurt each scored in the opening frame. Southeastern (4-16) answered with six runs in the second and extended the lead to 8-4 through three innings.
The Lady Raiders came back to take the lead thanks to five runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth. SHS marked a run in the bottom of the fifth but RVHS countered with a run in the top of the sixth. Five sixth inning runs gave the Lady Panthers the 14-12 lead headed into the seventh.
With two outs in the top of the seventh Alexis Hurt scored to put RVHS within one run. Cori Williams then hit a two-out double to score Katie Mars and tie the game. Chelsea Copley and Ashley Gilmore both scored in the top of the eighth inning on RBIs from Leach and Hurt. Southeastern failed to answer and the Silver and Black escaped with the 16-14 win.
Ashley Gilmore earned the pitching victory for RVHS, walking 11 and striking out nine. Murta suffered the loss in relief for the hosts.
Chelsea Copley led River Valley with two doubles and two singles, followed by Cori Williams with a double and two singles. Alexis Hurt and Katie Mares each singled three times, while Libby Leach and Amanda Eddy each posted a pair of singles. Mariah Hurt doubled, while Erin Morgan and Ashley Gilmore each singled in the win.
Alexis Hurt scored four times, Copley and Leach both scored three times, Gilmore and Mares both scored twice, while Williams, Morgan and Hurt each crossed home plate once. Williams had a team-high two runs batted in, followed by Alexis Hurt, Mares, Leach, Eddy and Gilmore with one RBI apiece. Leach and Alexis Hurt each stole two bases, while Copley and Williams both added one stolen base to the Lady Raider effort.
Cooper had three hits to lead the hosts, while Wheeler, Brown, Baxter, Dickey and Murta each had one hit.
River Valley finished with 16 runs, 20 hits, two errors and 12 left on base, while Southeastern had 14 runs, eight hits, four errors and eight left on base.