Coaches at plate

Creekview coach Jennifer Maloney, left, and River Ridge coach Andrew Marinelli meet before the 2019 Region 6AAAAAA softball championship.

River Ridge completed the sweep of Alexander in the second half of a Tuesday night doubleheader last week. Following the Oct. 12 series win, the Lady Knights have earned a few extra days of rest before the second round.

The Lady Chiefs’ offense was alive early in game one, scoring two runs in the first inning. They scored another run in the second and took a 3-1 lead that held up the rest of the way.

River Ridge recorded four hits in the game, with two coming from Lily Bell. Amanda Fulton pitched all seven innings, striking out seven and giving up one run on three hits. Gracie Hughes, Emery Butler and Grace Hamrick each drove in a run as River Ridge took game one from Alexander.

Game two was a more decisive contest. After putting up crooked numbers in the second and fourth innings, the Lady Chiefs took the game 11-0 in five innings.

Kaytlin Stacy kicked off the six-run second inning with a solo home run, pushing the lead to 2-0. After Alexander put two more Lady Knights on base, Brelyn O’Hearn unloaded a three-run home run over the center-field fence. The River Ridge hitters never looked back.

Seven different players recorded at least one hit for River Ridge in game two. O’Hearn’s three RBIs were good for the team lead, followed by Hamrick, Hughes and Stacy with two. Hughes also pitched all five innings, striking out 11 with four hits allowed.

River Ridge moves on to face Evans in round two of the state tournament. Second-round play began on Oct. 19.

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