Pan­thers ride big fourth in­ning to win over Ris­ing Sun

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

— Led by a big fourth in­ning from its of­fense and a com­plete-game ef­fort from pitcher Emily Phillips, the Per­ryville soft­ball team suc­cess­fully ex­tended its sea­sonopen­ing win streak to eight games Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Right fielder Am­ber Keene drove in a pair of runs with a dou­ble to left field and catcher Carly White fol­lowed three bat­ters later with her own three-run dou­ble to left as part of a high-scor­ing seven-run fourth in­ning that helped power the Pan­thers to a 10-1 win in five in­nings over host Ris­ing Sun in Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion ac­tion.

“We’re rid­ing a great wave of mo­men­tum right now. We’ve had a pretty good run of get­ting on

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top of teams,” Per­ryville coach Dave Ruark said. “We’ve been able to get a big in­ning al­most ev­ery game where we’re get­ting three or four [runs] in an in­ning.”

Phillips record an RBI-sin­gle to right and Ellen Lit­tle drove in a run with a hit up the mid­dle to cap the scor­ing in the fourth in­ning for the Pan­thers (8-0 over­all, 5-0 di­vi­sion). Ly­dia Hill sin­gled and scored, while Ash­ley Meekins and Jor­dyn Reese both con­trib­uted to the frame by draw­ing base on balls and later scor­ing.

“With the wind to­day, I didn’t think we’d have a lot of ex­tra base hits but the girls came up ag­gres­sive and had a cou­ple of nice ropes, hit­ting line drives over the out­field­ers’ heads, and our run­ners were ready to go,” Ruark said.

White (3-3, two dou­bles, four RBIs) pro­vided the heavy lift­ing for the Per­ryville of­fense out of the cleanup spot, while Hill, the team’s three-hole hit­ter, opened the game’s scor­ing with an RBI-triple to spark a two-run first in­ning.

“We’ve been work­ing hard on hit­ting this year. That was a big down­fall we had last year and I think it’s re­ally show­ing in games,” Hill said. “We ex­e­cuted very well and played the way we should.”

Keene fin­ished with two runs scored and Kait­lyn Griffin added an RBI-triple in the third in­ning in the vic­tory.

From the cir­cle, Phillips al­lowed one run on two hits and three walks with five strike­outs. She ran into trou­ble in the bot­tom of the fourth in­ning af­ter al­low­ing four of the first five bat­ters to reach, but es­caped with back-to-back strike­outs af­ter a meet­ing on the mound.

“Pitch­ing, de­fense and op­por­tune hit­ting, that was kind of what was go­ing on to­day,” Ruark said. “It’s mak­ing my job easy right now, for sure.”

Right fielder Kelly Porte scored the lone run for the Tigers (3-4, 1-4) af­ter lead­ing off the fourth frame with a free pass and cross­ing the plate four bat­ters later when Mad­die Foard drew a bases­load walk. The game ended pre­ma­turely at the start of the sixth in­ning when of­fi­cials in­cor­rectly ruled that Per­ryville won via the 10-run rule.

“We tried to throw some off­speed at them early,” Ris­ing Sun coach Rusty Moore said. “There in the first in­ning we got a lit­tle be­hind, the sec­ond in­ning we did well, and then it just kind of steam­rolled on us there in the third and fourth.”

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOR­DAN SCHATZ

Per­ryville se­nior first base­man Ly­dia Hill de­liv­ers an RBI-triple in the first in­ning of her team’s 10-1 win in five in­nings over host Ris­ing Sun in Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion soft­ball ac­tion on Mon­day.

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