CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Digging the new digs.
The River Valley softball team made its first trip to V.A. Memorial Stadium a memorable one Tuesday night following a 13-0 thumping of visiting Oak Hill during a non-conference matchup in Ross County.
The Lady Raiders (6-12) sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning, which resulted in eight runs on three walks, two errors and only three hits — giving the hosts a commanding eight-run lead early on. RVHS followed with three runs in the second and two more in the fourth to wrap up the mercy-rule decision.
The Lady Oaks (2-16) were outhit by a sizable 7-2 overall margin and committed four errors in the contest, compared to only two errors by the Lady Raiders. OHHS left two runners on base while the hosts stranded seven in the triumph.
Ashley Gilmore was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two hits and two walks over four innings while striking out five. Kayla Swann suffered the setback after surrendering eight walks over four frames while striking out zero.
Cori Williams led River Valley with two hits and four RBIs, while Gilmore, Chelsea Copley, Libby Leach, Amanda Eddy and Reilly Barcus contributed a safety apiece to the winning cause.
Copley drove in two RBIs and scored a team-best three runs, while Leach, Eddy, Gilmore and Barcus each drove in an RBI. Katie Mares and Alexis Hurt scored two runs apiece for the hosts, while Williams, Gilmore, Barcus, Erin Morgan and Jamie Morgan also scored a run each.
Kasey Boggess and Brianna Simpson each had a hit for Oak Hill in the setback.