CORRECTIONVILLE - River Valley used a strong pitching performance from MacKensie Fitch and a defensive web gem from Olivia Goetsch to upset 10th- ranked Ar-We-Va, 5-3, in a game played here on June 1. Fitch allowed three hits and struck out seven, and helped her own cause at the plate with a two-run double, while Goettsch made a fine running catch in center field, then threw out the runner at the plate to end an Ar -We- Va bases- loaded rally early in the game.
Jacie Jepsen led the RV offense with two singles, while Abbie Miller added a single of her own. The River Valley girls have now beaten two state -ranked opponents this year. Coach Dean Norris said that, although he is happy with the wins, he feels the Wolverines "still need to hit more consistently up -and -down the line up and eliminate mental errors to achieve the season goals with this talented group. RV plays 10 games in the next two weeks, so this should tell us a lot about ourselves."
RV played at Irwin-Kirkwood-Manilla/Manning on June 4th, and Kari Ludvigson had a big day at the plate for the Wolverines with a 4-4 performance, including two doubles. Unfortunately, her eight teammates garnered only two hits as a group, and IKM/Manning scored a 5-2 victory.
The Wolverines traveled to Logan-Magnolia the following night, where they were blanked for the first five innings, eventually losing, 7-3, as they managed only threeone-base hits as a team. MacKensie Fitch went the distance in the pitcher's circle for River Valley, giving up seven runs (six earned) on five hits while walking three and fanning six.
RV played for the third consecutive night on Wednesday June 6, traveling to Galva to play Ridge View in a Western Valley Conference game, and RV again came up short, 3-0, in a well-played contest.
MacKensie Fitch took the loss for RV, giving up three earned runs on just three hits, while striking out eight and issuing just two bases on balls. MacKensie and her sister Bailey each stroked a double for the Wolverines, who collected only five hits as a team against the Raptors' Mandy Wolver.
The loss dropped River Valley's season record to 3-6.