CHESHIRE, Ohio — A tough way to go.
The River Valley softball team let an early lead slip away Monday night in its final Ohio Valley Conference matchup during a 13-7 setback to visiting Chesapeake on Senior Night in Gallia County.
The Lady Raiders (8-16, 3-7 OVC) honored seniors Libby Leach, Jamie Norman and exchange student Mai Kinebuchi before the contest for their collective contributions to the program, then the hosts followed by taking a commanding 4-1 lead after one inning of play.
The Lady Panthers, however, responded with five runs in the second and three more in the fourth — giving CHS a comfortable 9-4 cushion through four complete.
RVHS closed to with 9-7 after plating three scores in the fifth, but ultimately never came closer the rest of the way. Chesapeake tacked on an insurance run in the sixth and three more in the seventh to wrap up the six-run decision.
River Valley and CHS finished the year tied for fourth with matching 3-7 league marks. RVHS won the previous matchup in Lawrence County by a 5-3 count.
The Lady Panthers outhit the hosts by a 14-8 overall margin and committed three of the four errors in the contest. CHS stranded 11 runners on base while River Valley left seven on the bags.
Melanie Noble was the winning pitcher of record after allowing three walks over seven innings while striking out four. Ashely Gilmore suffered the setback after surrendering six walks over seven frames while fanning seven.
Chelsea Copley led River Valley with three hits and two runs scored, which also included a solo home run to start the hosts’ fifth inning rally. Gilmore was next with two safeties, while Amanda Eddy, Katie Mares and Cori Williams added a hit apiece.
Eddy drove in a team-best two RBIs, followed by Copley, Williams and Norman with an RBI apiece. Leach also scored twice in the setback.
Noble led CHS with four hits and five RBIs, followed by Kelsey Huff and Keri Brock with three safeties apiece. Brock scored three times, while Huff and Noble each scored twice for the victors.