Lady Raiders roll, sweep Buckeyes

By Paul Boggs -

BIDWELL, Ohio — It wasn’t just the weather that warmed up on Wednesday at River Valley High School.

The Lady Raiders’ bats, by the middle innings, did the exact same thing against visiting Nelsonville-York — as River Valley captured a 10-2 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division softball victory.

The Raiders hit two home runs in the game, and broke a 1-1 tie with the next nine runs — before the Buckeyes got an unearned point in the seventh inning.

Nelsonville-York scored its opening run in the fourth inning — on three walks with one hit.

But the Raiders raced ahead for a 10-1 lead — following four runs in the fourth inning and five more in the fifth.

Skylar Jones cranked a solo home run in the second stanza for a 1-0 lead, as Arika Barr blasted a two-run homer in the fourth to give the Lady Raiders the lead for good.

Chloe Gee’s double that plated Cierra Roberts made it 5-1 River Valley — and the Raider rout was on.

With the win, the Lady Raiders completed the season sweep of Nelsonville-York — and raised their record to 5-11 and 3-6 in the TVC-Ohio.

The Lady Buckeyes remained winless in the division at 0-8 — part of 4-15 overall.

The other half of River Valley’s eight hits were all singles, including two by Isabella Mershon in the first and third frames.

Sydney Little and Kasey Birchfield both singled in the fifth.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs