NEWTON TOWNSHIP – A tough extra-inning loss to Sheridan could have weighed on Maysville on Wednesday.
Yet the Panthers showed the resolve needed to survive the rigorous Muskingum Valley League.
Winning pitcher Madison Riggle scattered seven hits, and Megan Frank delivered a pair of two-run doubles in a 5-0 win over visiting Tri-Valley.
Riggle overcame three errors by forcing groundouts in key situations. She had four strikeouts and no walks.
Frank’s first double came in the second inning for a 2-0 lead, and her second capped a three-run sixth.
“Madison really beared down after pitching 11 innings (Tuesday) and was in command. Our defense overcame some miscues with some good plays,” Maysville coach Greg Vaughn said. “Megan hasn’t had a lot of chances, but I put her in the flex position tonight. She’s a heck of a hitter.”
Tri-Valley (7-2, 3-2) stranded 10 runners with its best chance in the sixth inning. Brooklyn Smith led off the frame with a double, and after Nicole Green came in to pinch run, Haley Clement singled to put runners on the corners.
Sydney Zeman then hit a ground ball back to Riggle, who caught Green in a rundown coming home and tagged her out. The Scotties followed with another fielder’s choice and then struck out to end the frame.
“I have confidence in Madison and know we’re in every game with her in the circle,” Vaughn said.
Kori Sidwell doubled through the shortstop’s leg to open the Maysville sixth. Sidwell then was safe on a fielder’s choice at second and came home on Madeline Foster’s single.
Frank followed with her second double, plating two more for a 5-0 advantage. She highlighted the bottom of the order, which had five of the Panthers’ seven hits and scored all the team’s runs.
Foster, who batted seventh, also had two singles.
“Our bottom part of the order really contributed.” Vaughn noted. “The biggest thing for us will be hitting the ball, scoring runs and getting key hits with runners in scoring position.”
Maysville heads to Morgan Thursday and faces Upper Arlington and Columbus DeSales in the Licking Valley tournament Saturday.
Those weekend games should prepare the Panthers for the second half of the league schedule.
“There are a lot of good teams in this league,” Vaughn said. “If we can get contributions throughout the lineup, that will be a huge boost.”
Lexi Adams took the loss, giving up seven hits with four strikeouts, no walks and one hit batter, while Riley Paxson went 3-for-4 and Karagan Ross added a double to highlight the Tri-Valley offense.