Offensive spurt the difference in River Ridge victory
by Emily Horos
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Though she ran into some trouble in the fifth inning, River Ridge’s Emma Pope had more than enough support from her offense.
<BR>Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
Though she ran into some trouble in the fifth inning, River Ridge’s Emma Pope had more than enough support from her offense.
Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
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CANTON — So far, Region 7AAAAA has been kind to the River Ridge softball team.

The Lady Knights are 2-0 to open the season, with region wins over Cass on Tuesday and Sequoyah on Thursday.

The latter was particularly sweet, as the Lady Knights won 12-3 in five innings.

“We played really well,” coach Scott Bradley said. “We had Cass the other night and got them 6-2, and Sequoyah (on Thursday), and came up with 10 (runs) in the fifth. The bats finally came alive.”

Bradley said the Lady Knights didn’t hit as well as they could have against Cass, and even during the first four innings against Sequoyah.

River Ridge scored one run in the third and another in the fourth before essentially putting the game away in the fifth. Leading 12-0 going into the top of the fifth, River Ridge gave up two runs before retiring Sequoyah to end the game.

Almost every player on the Lady Knights’ roster got a hit, as River Ridge batted through the order in the fifth.

Nana Collender went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Beth McCulley was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a run scored and a walk. Kiley Redinger was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Also with two hits apiece were Shelby Suggs and Paige Taylor.

Bradley said it was an exciting game.

“Hopefully, we can continue on that path and keep rolling here,” he said.

The pitching hasn’t looked too bad either. Senior Heather Williams earned the win against Cass, while another senior, Emma Pope, claimed the victory against Sequoyah.

Bradley said Pope faltered a bit in the fifth inning when she surrendered the two runs. Up until that point, the Lady Chiefs had not had a baserunner reach third.

“She got a little lackadaisical, maybe, going into the bottom of the fifth,” Bradley said. “She was cruising up until the bottom of the fifth.”

Pope walked a batter before allowing a handful of hits that ultimately resulted in three runs for the Lady Chiefs.

“No matter what the score, especially when you are (in the circle) pitching, you’ve got to go out there and pretend the game is 1-1, tied up, every time you go out there, or bad things can happen to you,” Bradley said. “You’ve got to be out there getting after it every pitch.”
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