RIVERTON - Riverton and Baxter Springs squared off for the first time in varsity softball in Riverton on April 9. The Lady Lions came into the double header 4-0. They went home with two losses, 10-9 and 12-2.
The Lady Rams have a new starting line up with eight player starters from last year missing, four through graduation, and four with injuries. If anyone can make a cherry pie out of you know what, it’s coach Brian Mitchell. Riverton is now 4-4, and 3-3 in the CNC League.
In the first game with junior Cheyenne Turner on the mound, Riverton commanded a 8-1 lead after four innings. They scored three in the first when lead off batter Morgan McDonald reached on an error, and base hits by Jamee Compton and Kenzie Lee, and a triple by Kenzie Houser. One run was added in the second when Makayla Lee was hit by a pitch, and scored on a base hit by Camryn Compton. The Lady Rams came up with four in the third. Lady Lions pitcher sophomore Jenna Lawson had a rough inning walking four, and giving up a double to Aspyn Girard, without recording an out. Lawson stayed strong, pitched a sacrifice fly, and two ground outs. A solo home run by Jamee Compton in the fourth added their ninth run.
Baxter Springs started the game with a walk by freshman Kennedy Krokroskia, and a RBI double by fellow freshman Allie Fry. A second run was added in the fourth with a single by junior Abbey Underhill. She scored from first on Delainey Anderson’s double.
The Lady Lions then started a come back over the next two innings. Ryleigh Sills started the fifth with a double. Krokroskia reached on a catcher error. A wild pitch scored Sills, and Krokroskia moved to second. Fry was hit by a pitch. Krokroskia later scored after an overthrow. Underhill’s sacrificed plated Fry for the third run.
With two outs, with the score 9-5, sophomore Jayden Phillips came into to relief for Turner. Kortney Sills reached first on an error, but was stranded when Lawson hit a line drive rope apparent hit to right field. Kenzie Lee fired to first base for the third out to stop the bleeding.
Riverton added a tenth and deciding run in the sixth inning on Jamee Compton’s base hit, and Houser’s double.
Fry led off the seventh with an infield base hit, and went to second on an overthrow. Phillips then got two outs with a centerfield fly and a 6-3 ground out. Baxter Springs had one out remaining, and down by five. K. Sills reached first on an error, and Fry scored. Lawson singled moving K. Sills to second. Olivia Roller knocked a double scoring K. Sills and Lawson. Taylor Gipson then doubled scoring Roller. The game was now 9-10 with still the two outs, and the tying run at second. Phillips then went with three straight strikes to end the game.
The second game was all Riverton in the run ruled game. They score all 12 runs in six innings, with six in the third. Riverton only had six clean singles, and three well placed bunts, but they took advantage with four base on balls and fine base running.
Down 12-0, Baxter Springs added their two runs in the fifth and final inning with two outs with a single by Underhill who scored R. Sills who reached on a fielder’s choice, and Krokroskia who had a walk.
Split against Lady Raiders
Baxter Springs traveled to Frontenac on the Lady Raiders home diamond on Thursday. They split the double header winning 10-8, and lost 6-8 in the second game.
With Jennie Lawson on the mound the Lady Lions had a 9-0 shut out after six innings. Ryleigh Sills and Delainey Anderson reached on base with errors in the first inning. Sills crossed the plate on Fry’s base hit. Anderson scored on Underhill’s double. One run was added in the second. Roller hit a single, and scored when Krokroskia reached on an error.
Baxter Springs put three more on the scoreboard in the third. Underhill reached on an error. Kortney Sills got on first on with an attempted force at second. An overthrow at second moved Underhill across the plate. Lawson with her base hit moved K. Sills to third. Roller picked up two RBI’s with a double.
K. Sills in the fifth reached on another shortstop error. Courtesy runner Jaden Schnoover took over for K. Sills at second, and scored on Gipson base hit. How about two more runs in the sixth? They started the inning with a triple by Fry, when the Lady Raider shortstop committed her fifth error of the game Fry scored putting Anderson on. Anderson stole second and scored on K. Sills single.
A potential game deciding insurance run in the seventh was added. R. Sills lead off with a bunt single, and was knocked in by Fry with her single.
Down 9-0 in the bottom of the seventh the Lady Raiders scored eight in the inning on five singles, two walks, and a sacrifice. With a runner on first Underhill snagged a running shoelace line drive to end the game.
In the game freshman Fry went 4-for-5 at the plate with two singles, a double, and her triple. Junior Roller batted 3-for-4 with two singles, and a double. She also picked up three RBI’s. Lawson went 2-for-4 with her two base hits.
In the loss on the second game the Lady Lions scored three runs in the first and fourth innings, and led 6-3. The thre runs in the first came when lead off hitter R. Sills laid down a bunt, and was sacrificed in on Fry’s fly to centerfield. Anderson singled and Underhill walked. They both scored on a second base error.
Frontenac added one run in each of the first three innings to tie the game at three. In the fourth the Lady Lions added their three runs in their top of the inning. Gipson started the rally with her base hit, and went to second with a steal. Krokroskia singled and Frontenac tried to pick off Krokroskia at second on her steal at second. Gipson scored on the second base throw. Fry had an infield hit moving Krokroskia to score. Anderson got a single moving Fry to third. As before, the Lady Raiders tried to pick off
Anderson stealing second, and Fry scored.
Frontenac down 6-3 went up 7-6 in the fifth, then added an extra run in the sixth for the final 8-6 victory. In their last two innings the Lady Raiders batted seven singles. Baxter Springs only sent 10 batters to the plate in their last three innings.