BRISTOL, Va. — The Lady Wolfpack has come alive in the last half of the season. A late victory over John Battle Lady Trojans put the only blemish on a perfect Mountain 7 season for the Lady Trojans. In the first meeting of the teams earlier in the season, it took 12 innings before the Lady Trojans took the victory.
On Thursday, Ridgeview (12-9) made the most of three hits to take out Central in round 1 of the district tournament 3-2. Then on Saturday, they dispensed of Union 8-0 to make it to the championship game…against John Battle.
The key for the Lady ‘Pack this season has been senior pitcher and King College signee Nikole Counts.
“Usually when Nikole goes, we go,” Wolfpack head coach Kent Grant said. “When she’s got it going in the circle, it kind of helps us relax a little bit and get a little more focused and relaxed at the plate.”
Counts’ name seems to always show up in the Ridgeview highlight reel. On Thursday, she had a hit and one of the three runs for the team. Against Central, she scattered seven hits only allowing two runs and struck out seven. On Saturday, she allowed only four hits and fanned four. In neither game did she allow a walk.
In the Union game, senior Bailey Frazier came up big for The Lady ‘Pack pounding out a two-run home run to get her team on the board first. But, Frazier was quick to point out Counts’ influence and leadership on the team.
“She did great in the circle today. She has the confidence and always knows exactly what to do. She is always there to lead the team,” Frazier said.
Counts was also solid at the plate Saturday going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Freshman Brooke Frazier earned her first career home run with a two-run shot in the seventh.
“I’m happy for her. Me and Nikole Counts got our first homeruns as freshmen. I’m extremely proud of her for getting it,” Bailey Frazier said.
Bailey Frazier finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Hunter Grant was 2-for-5 with a double as well as scoring two runs. Lauren Rasnick went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Lady Wolfpack.
On Thursday against Central, L.J. Swiney had a two-RBI single in the sixth scoring Grant and Counts to get Ridgeview on the board. Rasnick stole home on an errant ball to give the Lady Wolfpack the victory.
The championship game was set for Monday, but stormy weather had something to say about it. Saturday’s John Battle versus Gate City game was finished up instead with the Lady Trojans victorious.
On Thursday, the Lady Wolfpack will face off against John Battle at 7 p.m. to determine the tournament championship.