River Gets Even With Tigers

SARDIS – May 16, 2013 is a date that no member of the River softball team will soon forget.

On that day, Shadyside eliminated the Pilots in the sectional co-final on a walk-off walk to advance to the district in eight innings.

Fast forwarding to Tuesday afternoon, the Pilots made sure no extra innings were needed in their first meeting with the Tigers since that day.

River broke out the heavy lumber against Shadyside junior ace Megan Heagney, pounding out 11 hits and scoring in all but one inning. Add in solid pitching by senior Gabby Goudy and it equaled to an 8-0 victory, which improved River to 4-0.

“We played a really nice game,” River coach Dave Wright said. “And we got a lot of solid performances all over the field, which is what it takes against a quality team like Shadyside.”

The Pilots wasted little time in jumping on Heagney. The Alderson-Broaddus commit watched the first two hitters – Monica Curtis and Goudy – reach on a single and fielder’s choice, which failed to record an out, respectively.

After back-to-back strikeouts, Heagney appeared on her way to escaping the jam when she had Rosie Romick down in the count. After she fouled a couple of pitches off, she looped a Heagney offering just behind third base that hit the chalk line, allowing both runners to score.

“Rosie really picked us up there,” Wright said. “We were concerned coming in because we weren’t sure how we were going to hit (Heagney) because she is a really good pitcher. Our girls hung in and got some quality at-bats and did a good job of putting the ball in play.”

Shadyside (2-1) had ample scoring opportunities early against Goudy, who issued five of her six walks in the first three frames. The Tigers loaded the bases in the in the second inning, but couldn’t push anything across.

“They executed and we did’t,” Shadyside coach Jillian Ongley said. “We left people on base in the first four innings. We just have to do a better job in those situations.”

While Shadyside couldn’t crack the scoring column, the hits and offense just continued for River. Romick drove in two more runs with a single back through the middle in the third.

Landyn Ramsay had a RBI single in the fourth and Madi Taylor drove in a run in the fifth. Mackenzie Marshall plated a run in the sixth.

Curtis, who had the web gem of the game at second base by robbing a Shadyside player of a single up the middle, produced a 4-for-4 day with all singles. She scored three runs.

“Monica Curtis had a career day,” Wright said. “She played a whale of a defensive game, too.”

Meanwhile, as the runs and hits continued to pile up, Goudy was in the groove. She allowed only two baserunners in the final four innings. She struck out 10 and limited the Tigers to four scattered singles.

“Gabby was a little too pumped up early in the game and was trying to throw too hard,” Wright said. “She came through and pitched a real nice ballgame. I think Gabby had that sectional game in the back of her mind, so she definitely felt that.”