Berries answer Red Devils for NCC win

Berries answer Red Devils for NCC win


Berries answer Red Devils for NCC win


Logansport softball coach Jim Bacon wouldn’t say his team is full of home run hitters.

But, the Berries do hit the ball — and hit it hard.

They also had an answer for every Richmond comeback attempt Saturday. Not only did the Berries hit the ball hard, they also hit it over the Red Devil fence a few times.

Logansport had three home runs en route to a 12-7 North Central Conference victory over Richmond. The loss dropped the Red Devils to 10-7 overall, 2-2 in the NCC.

“We didn’t cross all of our T’s and dot our I’s in the first three innings,” said RHS assistant coach Dave Marker. “The game got away from us.

“We had a great win Thursday (at Shenandoah). We found a way to hit a pretty good pitcher Thursday. I thought we were ready to play (against Logansport), and we looked like we were ready to play. … They just kept nickel-and-diming us. They got the key hits with two outs and runners in position that we didn’t get.”

The Berries also got some power courtesy of a trio of hitters.

Sydney Thompson swatted Logansport’s first home run in the third inning, while Emily Prentice registered No. 2 in the fourth.

Mallory Rowe completed the trifecta with her two-run shot in the sixth. Each home run answered a Richmond run in the previous inning.

“We hit it hard. We don’t hit home runs, but we do hit it hard,” said Bacon, whose team improved to 13-7 overall, 3-1 in the NCC.

“It’s good getting one (a win) here. We come down here and we struggle. It’s a three-hour trip down here. I’m excited about the way we played today.”

Logansport didn’t struggle to score in the Berries’ latest trip to Richmond.

Logansport pushed two runs across in the first inning, then another five in the second for a 7-0 lead.

Brooklyn Vickers plated the Red Devils’ first run in the bottom of the second, and Ciara Jordan and Grace Townsend each had RBIs in the third.

RHS cut the deficit to four, 9-5, with back-to-back run-scoring doubles by Ryanne Spicer and Mackenzie Taylor in the fourth.

“It should have been a one-, two-run ballgame,” Marker said.

“We didn’t play our best game, but we didn’t play terrible.”

Taylor went 3-for-3, with Jordan adding a double and two RBIs and Spicer going 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Chloe Bennett doubled for RHS, while Paityn Farris knocked in a run.

Richmond returns to action Tuesday at conference foe Anderson, before returning home to host the Indians on Wednesday at the Red Devils’ softball diamond.


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