RV Shortstop Kenzie Fitch makes the throw to first for an out in recent softball action. Photo by Reta Todd.
The hard-luck River Valley girls, coping with varsity inexperience and rugged competition, lost two tough road games and a home game last week, falling 9-3 to Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto in Correctionville, 4-3 at Remsen-UNion, and 6-2 at Lawton-Bronson.
RV's first baseman Amber Bauer makes the play at first. Photo by Reta Todd
RV pitcher Kelli Miller struck out four batters, walked two, and allowed 10 hits in the loss to MVAO. "We hit the ball well this game, but they went right to them," said River Valley coach Erika Jenness. "We were just a bit unlucky." Kari Ludvigson led the Wolverines at the plate with three hits, while Miller added two hits.
Ludvigson took the pitching loss at R-U, allowing just one hit, striking out three, and walking seven. The offense was led by Lexi Chester and Steph Shever, both with two hits, while Mackenzie Fitch added a hit and tallied two RBI. Miller relieved Ludvigson and allowed four hits, while striking out five, and walking one.
In the loss at Lawton-Bronson, the host Eagles scored all six runs in the sixth inning after the Wolverines had fashioned a 2-0 lead. Miller took the mound loss, allowing seven hits, with no walks, and four strikeouts. Kristen Richey led the RV offense with two hits, and Amber Bauer laced a double. "We came out strong on offense and defense to go out to an early lead, we just couldn't quite hold on," said Jenness.