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River Valley girls win tourney at WC

Thursday, June 16, 2011

River Valley's Olivia Goettsch times her swing perfectly during this at-bat in recent softball action for the Wolverines. RV won the recent Woodbury Central Tournament. Photo by Jolene Smith
MOVILLE - In tournament action at Moville on Saturday, the River Valley girls

finally had a breakthrough performance at the plate at the expense of 6th ranked Newell-Fonda, as the Wolverines rallied from a 7-0 deficit to tie the game in the 7th inning , then added six runs in the 9th to gain the 14-10 victory.

Abbey Miller pitched the entire nine innings for RV, allowing six hits and issuing only one walk, battling all the way in a fine performance.

Olivia Goettsch, Amanda Miller and Kari Ludvigson each had two hits, while Bailey Fitch, Mackensie Fitch, Lexie Chester, Abbey Miller, Jessica Funderman, and Jordain Volkert also added hits , and Volkert laid down two key sacrifice bunts along the way.

Defensively, Mackensie Fitch at short and Kari Ludvigson at third made several key plays, as did Olivia Goettsch in right field.

RV Coach Dean Norris was elated with the team's come-from-behind win, saying, "This was a huge win and hopefully serves as a springboard for the remainder of the season."

In their next game, RV defeated Storm Lake St. Mary's, 9-6.

Mackensie Fitch started on the mound and gained the victory against the Panthers, allowing only one earned run. Abbey Miller game in and relieved after throwing nine innings in the the previous game and she allowed no further runs.

The River Valley offense was led by Bailey Fitch, who collected three hits, while Kari Ludvigson, Olivia Goettsch and Amanda Miller had two hits each.

Defensively, Lexie Chester made a solid play in center field, and Abbey Miller fielded her position at pitcher very well.

Said Coach Norris, "With a two- game winning streak, I hope we can get rolling and play up to our potential, as this is a very talented group of girls. By scoring 14 and 9 runs in Saturday's games, maybe our bats have finally come to life."

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