THE PLAINS, Ohio — Not as much pop the second time around.
Host Athens exacted a little revenge in a big way Friday night after earning a season split with the River Valley softball team following a 8-1 decision in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division contest in Athens County.
The visiting Lady Raiders (5-12, 3-7 TVC Ohio) never led in the contest as the Lady Bulldogs (5-14, 4-6) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead through one inning and never looked back.
Skylar Jones belted a solo homer in the top half of the third to pull the Silver and Black back to within a run, but the guests were never closer the rest of the night.
AHS tacked on a run in the fourth and then plated four in the fifth for a commanding 7-1 edge, then the hosts added another run in the sixth to wrap up the 8-1 outcome.
The Green and Gold outhit River Valley by a 12-4 overall margin. RVHS won the first meeting by a 10-8 count in Bidwell back on April 12.
Kaylee Stewart was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one earned runs, four hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out eight. Arika Barr took the loss after surrendering eight earned runs, 12 hits and one walk over six frames while fanning one.
Jones led the guests with two hits, followed by Chloe Gee and Sierra Roberts with a safety apiece.
Brooklyn Sikorski paced Athens with three hits, followed by Olivia Tegnolia, Ami Brannan and Kat Kroutel with two safeties apiece. Stewart, Lilly Mills and Katie Kish also had a hit each in the victory. Sikorski and Tenoglia led the hosts with two RBIs apiece.
River Valley travels to Meigs on Monday for a TVC Ohio contest at 5 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.