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River Valley girls get memorable wins

Friday, June 29, 2012

CORRECTIONVILLE - The River Valley softball team continued to play well this week.On Monday, the Wolverines traveled to Charter Oak, where they knocked off a team ranked in the top 10 for the third time this season with a come -from- behind 6-5 victory over 6th- ranked Charter Oak-Ute.

Trailing 5-1 going into the 7th, the Wolverines got a single from Jordain Volkert, a double from Olivia Goettsch, and singles from Abbey Miller and Bailey Fitch to make it 5-2 with the bases loaded when Kari Ludvigson, who is hitting .560 on the year, came to the plate and cleared the bases with a 3- run triple.

River Valley's Olivia Goettsch pulls up at third base after stroking a triple in recent softball action, as coach Dean Norris applauds her performance. Photo by Jolene Smith
After CO-U went to their bullpen, RV clean-up hitter MacKensie Fitch promptly lined a single to right for the lead, and ultimately the game winner. River Valley scored their other run on a long solo homer by Lexie Chester in the 2nd inning. Leading hitter for the night was Kari Ludvigson with three hits, while MacKensie Fitch picked up the win on the mound with a strong performance against a very good hitting team.

Defensively, Lexie Chester and Kelsey Brown both threw out runners at the plate with a gutty effort by injured catcher Bailey Fitch hanging on with two collisions at the plate.

On Tuesday, RV hosted Western Valley rival Lawton-Bronson on Senior Night, and the fans were treated to a memorable game, as it went 12 innings with MacKensie Fitch scoring the winning run in the 12th and also pitching the entire 12 innings.

River Valley pitcher Mackenzie Fitch goes low for a bunted ball during recent softball action for the Wolverines. Photo by Jolene Smith
Jacie Jepsen tied the game with an RBI single in the 5th and also contributed a bunt single in the 12th and both hits were instrumental in the victory. Lexie Chester scored on Jepsen's hit after her triple and Kari Ludvigson scored all the way from first on a hit by MacKensie Fitch in the first inning.

The defense turned in three double plays on the night and MacKensie pitched an incredible 12 innings, allowing no runs over the last nine innings.

With two comeback wins in two nights, RV Coach Dean Norris feels the team has a lot of momentum going into tournament play.

" I am really proud how the girls have battled and given themselves a chance with their efforts the last two nights," said the veteran coach.

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