ROSE RIDGE — After a 12-inning war last week that ended up with John Battle coming out on top, the Lady Wolfpack was looking for redemption. They got it in a big way as they toppled the Lady Trojans 9-3, handing Battle their first loss in the Mountain 7 District on the season.
“The last two weeks we have just lost so many heartbreakers including that one at Battle,” Ridgeview head coach Kent Grant said. “I told them, they just have to keep grinding. They are in it every game. Hats off to my girls. They show up every game even when things aren’t going well, they play hard. This was a big one.”
Battle got on the board first as Hannah McReynolds singled to score Haylee Dye.
Then, it was all Ridgeview as Nikole Counts destroyed a ball to deep center for a standup triple scoring Bailey Frazier who made it on base with a single. Carissa Mullins followed up with a ground out, but scored Counts for an RBI. The Lady ‘Pack led 2-1.
After retiring the batters in order in the top of the fourth, Ridgeview got things started as Lauren Rasnick walked and Hunter Grant singled. Frazier would earn an RBI single scoring Rasnick. The Lady Trojans put in a new pitcher to try to stop the onslaught. Next up, Counts ripped a hard shot that was fielded by Dye at shortstop. However, an errant throw pulled the first baseman’s foot off the bag. Counts was safe and the bases were loaded. Next, Carissa Mullins would smash the ball into the outfield for a double and two of her RBIs on the night. Next up, L.J. Swiney would get one of her three hits on the night to load the bases for Laci Williams in a designated hitting position. Williams walked and next up, Rasnick walked again scoring two more runs for the Lady Wolfpack. Shae Sutherland would help the team out with a towering blooper over the first baseman into shallow right scoring Swiney and Williams before the inning was over. Ridgeview led 9-1.
Battle put up another couple of runs in the sixth, but solid fielding by Grant on second and Frazier on shortstop ended the game in the top of the seventh 9-3.
Grant bobbled a stop at second in the last inning but battled to stay with the ball and get the out.
“I knew I couldn’t give up because I had to get that win for the team. This was a really big game for us. We needed that win to get our confidence back,” said Grant.
The Lady Wolfpack had 13 hits on the night and drew four walks. Mullins was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Frazier was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Frazier was responsible for two of the last three outs.
“I was very excited to do that for my team. We had struggled a little bit lately, so that was just a good win for us,” Frazier said.
Counts was solid in the circle with her seven-hitter, pitching seven strikeouts and walking none as well as 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI.