SHADYSIDE - Records are meant to be broken.
With its 5-0, Ohio Division IV sectional tournament victory against Frontier on Saturday at the Mead Township Park diamond, the River softball team established a new school mark for victories in a season with 24. The previous mark was set back in the 2000s.
"Pitching kept us in it early," long-time River (24-3) coach Dave Wright said. "Gabby (Goudy) pitched one heckuva game."
Indeed the senior did. She allowed one hit, struck out a dozen and issued two free passes. She faced one batter over the minimum, as the two walks were erased trying to steal second.
Goudy was also the catalyst during the two innings in which the Pilots scored all of their runs.
In the third she reached on an infield single leading off. Mackenzie Marshall's bunt in front of the plate was bobbled, and thrown wildly to third attempting to get the speedy Goudy. However, the ball skipped off the third baseman's glove and rolled into shallow left as Goudy raced home with the first run. Marshall, who went all the way to third on the play, scored on Rosie Romick's sacrifice.
The score remained that way until the fifth when Goudy drew a leadoff walk. With one out, she advanced to second with two outs before stealing third. She crossed the plate on Romick's infield single to the left side. Mikayla Cieszeski followed with a double to the fence in left-center as Romick scored all the way from first. Emelie Heater's triple to center made it 5-0.
It was all Goudy from there on as she retired 12 in a row from the second through the sixth innings before yielding her only hit of the contest, an infield single to No. 9 hitter Maddie Greathouse on the 12th pitch of the at-bat with two outs.
River will meet St. John Central on Monday.