KINGSLEY - The River Valley girls notched a 2-1 record on the way to a runner-up finish at the Kingsley-Pierson Softball Tournament here on May 24th.
The Wolverines beat Clay Central Everly 14-2 in the opener, with Jody Peterson pitching a one-hitter to lead the RV club. Kelly Miller, Shelby Chester, and Peterson each had two hits for River Valley, while Katie Carnes had one hit and three RBI. Alissa Slota, Amber Bauer, and Stephanie Shever also had hits for the Wolverines.
"We came out strong with the bats this game," said RV coach Erika Slota. "It was a good confidence builder for the girls."
River Valley rallied from a deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat Sioux City West 6-4 in the second game, with Peterson again getting the mound win. Alissa Slota rapped three hits including a double, while Trisha Todd, Peterson, and Shever also doubled for the winners. Chester had two hits for RV.
"We had to switch up the line-up this game after Katie Carnes broke her leg in the first game, so we had to come up with a new strategy in the outfield," said coach Slota.
RV dropped a 4-1 decision to Odebolt-Arthur in the Championship game, with Kelli Miller taking the pitching loss for the Wolverines, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. Chester doubled and scored on Jessica Fundermann's single for RV's lone run of the game. Kelsey Wright had two hits for River Valley.
"It was fun to be playing for the Championship, the girls had a great day," said coach Slota. "We had a long break in between games so this game showed some of our mental frustration with sitting around."