After a strong performance at its own invitational last Saturday, Ridgeline carried that over to a Region 12 outing on Wednesday.
Delayed a day because of weather, the Riverhawks didn’t seem to mind one bit. They scored early at Logan and put the game away with a five-run sixth inning. Ridgeline secured its hold on third place in the region with a 10-2 win.
“There were a couple of innings where we left base runners on and I feel bad about those, but I felt like we kept putting pressure on them,” RHS coach Mike Anderson said. “The more pressure we put on them, then we exploded for a big inning and opened it up.”
The Riverhawks’ (16-8, 5-4 region) victory evened the season series. The Grizzlies (11-9, 2-5) won the first meeting in Millville.
“Tia (Washington) really carried us through the game,” said Ridgeline second baseman Brooklyn Anderson, who went 3 for 5 at the plate, with five RBIs and a pair of doubles. “She pitched really well today. ... Things are coming together here at the end of the season, which is important.”
Brooklyn Anderson came up big at the plate and in the field. She made a running catch in the fifth.
“I thought Brook played her best defensive game of the year,” coach Anderson said. “She hit the ball well too. You can see the light come on. She has struggled after arm surgery, but is coming on.”
The Riverhawks finished with eight hits as Tyler Thornton and Kenzee Hale each had two to join Anderson with multiple base knocks. Ridgeline took advantage of being hit by pitches (three) and walks (four), as well as the two errors Logan committed. Thornton, who scored three times, was plunked twice, while Aree Kidman drew two bases on balls.
Washington got the win in the circle. She went the distance, striking out two and walking three.
“I don’t know if Tia had her best stuff today, but I’m more proud of her for pitching through a day when you don’t have your best stuff,” coach Anderson said. “She did so good today. ... We had a lot of kids come through. I thought Islay (Kekovoha) hit the ball good today. Kenzie Hale had a couple of critical hits today and came up big on defense.”
Logan was led by Cheyenne Weekes, who had three of the Grizzlies’ five hits. Nya Laing started in the circle, but gave way to Pershelle Rohrer in the sixth. Rohrer struck out four over the last two innings.
“They (Riverhawks) came ready to play, and we didn’t,” Logan coach Kim Laing said. “They were better than us tonight in every aspect of the game. We will rebuild and see what we can do to finish the season strong, and hopefully get ready for the state tournament.”
Ridgeline didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. Thornton began the game with a bunt single, stole second and scored on a double by Brooklyn Anderson. Laci Leishman made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly, scoring Anderson.
“Hitting second, it really helps when Tyler (Thornton) gets on,” Brooklyn Anderson said. “It really helps, because then you realize you can get on too.”
Logan hung tough and got a run in the third. Rachel Boyer led off with a bunt single and eventually scored with two outs on a double steal. The Grizzlies left the bags juiced. Logan stranded eight runners for the game.
After scoring a run in the fifth, the Riverhawks plated five in the sixth. Brooklyn Anderson cleared the bases with a double to the fence in left. She scored later on a double steal.
“I tried to think that nobody was on, nobody out and just hit like normal,” Brooklyn Anderson said. “It was a solid hit for sure.”
Ridgeline filled the bags again in the seventh and scored twice. Thornton was hit by a pitch to bring in a run, and Brooklyn Anderson bunted home her fifth RBI of the game.
Molly Balling led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and scored on a bunt by Joci Norris. However, the Grizzly rally fizzled.
“We are starting to get some momentum,” coach Anderson said. “I like to see that. ... I love what the kids are doing right now. They had some moxie today.”
MUSTANGS 11, BOBCATS 0
Mountain Crest began the game with a 4-0 lead and quickly added to it as the contest resumed after being snowed out on Tuesday in the top of the second inning at Smithfield.
The Mustangs (14-7, 7-2) got a two-run homer from Ana Tidrow, who was the second batter to go to the plate Wednesday, and were off and running again. Madison Bertagnolli doubled and scored on a Haylee Brown single. The visitors quickly doubled their lead to 8-0.
Sky View (4-13, 1-5) stopped the bleeding in the top of the second with a double play. The Bobcats would only get one runner on base in the game. In the bottom of the second, Kally Wangsgard reached on an error.
Brown threw a no-hitter, struck out eight and did not issue a base on balls. Tidrow went 3 for 4 at the plate, with three RBIs and two runs. Bertagnolli went 2 for 3 and scored three runs, while Brown was 2 for 2 with three RBIs. Brooklyn Clark went 2 for 3.
“Haylee pitched lights out today and (catcher) Lindzee (Steinmetz) was solid behind the plate,” MC coach Courtnee Maughan said. “Our defense had another good outing. It was fun to see the girls come alive and get a few kids reps. I’m proud of the team for showing up and taking care of business. They picked up right where they left off in the snow the day before.”
The Bobcats just couldn’t get anything going.
“We had a hard time getting going today,” SV coach Amanda Robinson said. “We need to do a better job of being first-inning ready. We saw the ball better today than we did the last time we faced Brown. We have four more games to play in region and want to finish them strong.”
Sky View hosts Logan on Thursday to finish a game that was interrupted with bad weather last week, and then the Bobcats and Grizzlies will play a second game.