By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
River View took a 5-0 lead over the Princeton after 2 1⁄2 innings last evening before the Lady Tigers clawed back to tie the contest in the bottom of the seventh, bringing up an extra inning.
In the top of the eighth, Summer Bailey walked for River View with two outs and moved to second when cleanup hitter Lakyn Cline also drew a free pass. Freshman Rebekah Christian, who belted a two run homer in the top of the third, grounded to short for what looked to be the third out.
The throw to first, however, was off the mark and got past the first baseman, allowing Bailey to score from second and Cline to move to third, ever so briefly.
A throw toward home missed its mark to catch Bailey and went toward the Lady Tiger dugout, as Cline scampered home with an insurance run to put the Lady Raiders up 7-5.
Christian, who scattered 10 hits over the eight innings, retired Princeton in the bottom of the eighth, thanks in part to the View’s second double play of the game, for the win.
The Lady Raiders scored their five runs on six hits in their first three at bats. Cline led off the third with a walk and came home when Christian blasted the first pitch to her over the center field fence.
After that hit, sophomore Molly Gravier came in to pitch for the Lady Tigers and kept the View scoreless until the top of the eighth. She scattered three hits until the disastrous eighth, allowing only one runner to advance as far as third.
Meanwhile, on offense, Princeton scored one in the third, a pair in the fourth and the two that combined to deadlock the game in the seventh.
Savannah Cooper led off the seventh for the Lady Tigers by drawing a walk. With one out, Brittany Moore singled in front of the plate and Brook Hensley drew a free ticket, loading the bases.
Rachel Garrett, who ripped a double to left in the first, reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Cooper.
A caught foul fly for the second out resulted in the tying run when a throwing error in an attempt to double Garrett at first went into right field, scoring Moore.
Christian, who picked up her second win in as many nights, was 3-for-5 at the plate, knocking in three runs and smacking a homer to go with a pair of singles.
Sophomore Kiersten Dority and Bailey had two hits each, with Dority also recording a pair of RBIs. Cline, Brittany Ball and Ellamae Johnson rounded out the offensive attack with a safety each.
Gravier and Cooper socked two hits apiece for the Lady Tigers, while Moore, Hensley, Garrett, Meredith Putorek, Kellen Mallory and Brittany Pedigo had one each. All were singles except Garrett’s first inning double. Garrett also drove in a pair of runs.
“Their (Tigers) pitching was good. We really had to earn it…I think we’re coming around. We’re a little bit young in a few positions,” assessed River View assistant coach Bobby Barker.
Analyzed Lady Tiger head coach Tressie Hamm , “We let them get an early lead. We were more successful in the later innings…My pitcher who came in, Molly Gravier, who is a sophomore, came in and stepped up and did a really good job.”
The 2-2 Lady Raiders will be in action next on April 8 in a doubleheader at home against Mount View, while Princeton, now 0-4, travels to St. Albans for a game this evening.
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Rebekah Christian and Summer Bailey. Brooke Hensley, Molly Gravier (3) and Meredith Putorek. WP: Christian; LP: Gravier.