By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A young group of Lady Panthers brought River View’s seven game win streak to a screeching halt on Friday evening at PikeView High School.
Sophomore Haleigh Compton allowed the Lady Raiders only one hit in the four inning affair. The lefty recorded half the River View outs via the strikeout route, fanning six while walking only one.
At the plate, the Lady Panthers were aggressive, recording nine base knocks, including four doubles. On the bases, they swiped half a dozen bags to keep the pressure on River View.
PikeView head coach Steve Compton spoke of his club’s play in the win, “Our pitcher did a really good job and our defense backed her up We needed this game. We’ve been kind of sluggish, especially on the base paths…We had a good day today.”
Compton struck out two in the top of the first, just prior to the Panthers scoring one in their half of the inning. Junior third baseman Sam Meadows singled between short and third for the initial safety of the game and came around to score when freshman Audrey Higgins doubled to left for a 1-0 lead.
Brooke Baker and Kendra Cecil had back-to-back singles to lead off the second for PikeView. Despite Baker being forced at third for the first out, Cecil added to the lead, coming across home plate on sophomore Lyndsay Hatfield’s fielder’s choice.
Lady Raider Sissy Waldron collected the only hit for her team in the top of the third with a seeing-eye single between first and second, but she was left stranded at first.
So dominant was Compton’s pitching that no River View runner advanced past second, and only twice did a Lady Raider stop there.
Six runs in the bottom of the third stretched the advantage to 8-0, as Meadows, catcher Savanna Coalson and Hatfield all doubled and winning pitcher Compton and Higgins singled in that frame.
Despite not getting a hit in the fourth, PikeView pushed across a pair of runs, with the aid of a pair of River View errors, two walks and a hit batter to score twice to end the game due to the ten run rule.
Assessed Lady Raider assistant coach Bobby Barker, “Their pitcher was tough. We couldn’t hit her the first time around, but we did get the bat on the ball some the second time up. We need to face good pitchers.”
For the game, Meadows and Higgins were each 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI apiece. Coalson and Hatfield recorded a double each, plus knocking home a run apiece. Compton, Brooke Baker and Kendra Cecil all added a single each for the PikeView offense.
River View freshman Rebekah Christian, who had no-hit Montcalm Thursday, took the pitching loss.
PikeView (7-7) will travel today to Fayetteville, while River View (7-3) will host Mount View on Monday.
at PikeView High School
River View..............................000 01 — 0 1 4
PikeView.................................116 2 — 10 9 1
Rebekah Christian and Summer Bailey. Haleigh Compton and Savanna Coalson. WP: Compton; LP: Christian.