McARTHUR, Ohio — If you arrived late, or even blinked, then you missed the only run scored in Friday’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division softball bout between the visiting River Valley Raiders and Vinton County.
Fortunately for the Raiders, they were on the right end of that 1-0 score, as Sydney Little led off the game with a single and eventually scored.
In a pitcher’s duel, and a very good defensive game with only one Raider error, River Valley made the 1-0 lead stand up behind pitcher Ashley Gilmore.
With the win, the Lady Raiders raised their record to 4-5— and 2-3 in the TVC-Ohio.
Vinton County fell to 4-8, and winless in the league at 0-5.
Gilmore tossed a shutout gem with one strikeout and one walk, retiring the Vikings 1-2-3 in the fourth, fifth and sixth stanzas, part of a dozen in a row at one point.
She faced five batters in the opening inning, with runners reaching second and third, including Cayla Allen on an error.
But Gilmore got out of the jam, as she faced four batters apiece in the next two innings — with one baserunner reaching third in each frame.
Vinton County also advanced a runner to third in the seventh, but again Gilmore got through with no runs allowed.
Allen almost matched her in the pitcher’s circle, retiring 15 of the next 16 Raiders after the River Valley run.
She struck out three, retiring the Raiders 1-2-3 in the second, fourth and fifth frames, while facing four batters apiece in the first, third and last.
Little went 3-for-3 at the plate, also singling in the third and sixth.
The only other River Valley baserunners were Gilmore on a double in the sixth and Jordan Neal on a double in the seventh.
The Raiders return to action today (Tuesday, April 19) by hosting Wellston in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division makeup duel.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106