MURFREESBORO – When there were two outs in the inning, Riverdale’s bats came alive.
The Lady Warriors defeated Oakland 15-6 Tuesday. All but one of Riverdale’s runs came on two-out rallies.
“I don’t think they’re bothered by the outs,” Riverdale coach Christy Bingham said. “I think they just go to the plate, and take their cuts. We have a very strong team (at the plate).”
Two-out rallies accounted for one run in the first inning, five in the second, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and three of the four runs Riverdale scored in the seventh.
The Lady Warriors pounded out 16 hits, including a two-out three-run home run by Brooke McClure in the fifth and a two-out three-run home run by Sarah Higgins in the seventh.
Four Riverdale batters had three hits: Brooklyn Pendegrast, Mattie Woodruff, Alexis Castleman and McClure.
Eight of Riverdale’s hits and almost all of its RBI came with two outs in the inning. Oakland made one error which could have been the third out in the second inning, but the other Riverdale (19-5, 6-1 in District 7-AAA) runs were the result of timely hitting.
Woodruff had the first two-out rally in the first inning when the first two Riverdale batters got out, then Higgins drew a walk and Woodruff doubled off the fence to score Higgins.
“I think we stay strong when we bat,” Woodruff said. “I don’t think we worry about the outs. We just go up there and want to get a hit.”
Going into the sixth, Riverdale had a 9-1 lead. The Lady Warriors scored two in the sixth inning on a two-out double by Emily Thompson to make it 11-1 and give Riverdale the 10-run lead it needed to win by the mercy rule.
But the Lady Patriots fought back with a big inning of their own. Oakland loaded the bases with no outs off Riverdale starter Caroline Faulkner. Then Maleia Gray and Gracie Kirby had RBI singles and Payton Perry followed that up with a double to clear the bases.
Kirby also had a solo home run in the fifth for Oakland (7-8, 3-4).
The Lady Warriors responded with four in the top of the seventh, three of which came with two outs.
“We’ve got to be a little tougher right there, I’d say,” Oakland coach Janice Morey said. “Our defense did not hurt us. Our defense made plays. We’ve just got to work some things out, as far as (pitching) location and those sorts of things.”
Riverdale 15, Oakland 6
Riverdale 150 032 4 — 15 16 1
Oakland 000 015 0 — 6 10 1
Caroline Faulkner and Brooke McClure. Lacie Rinus and Michelle Williams. WP – Faulkner. LP – Rinus. HR – R: McClure (4), Sarah Higgins (10). O: Gracie Kirby.