HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL South Range sweeps by Clippers
After winning the opener 4-2, the Raiders had to battle for a 2-1 win in the nightcap.
By JOHN BUTERA
COLUMBIANA -- After winning 4-2 in the first game, South Range pitcher Skye Walley outdueled Columbiana's Stevie Goist 2-1 as the visiting Raiders swept the Clippers in softball action Saturday afternoon.
Walley (6-0) stayed unbeaten as South Range improved to 10-4.
With the aid of two errors, Columbiana (8-5) got the first run in the third inning of the second game. It appeared the score would hold up as Goist (4-3) pretty much had her way until the sixth inning.
With one out in the sixth, Amy Algeo hit a double to left field. Jen Ridgeway followed with a grounder to short, but an overthrow to first allowed Algeo to score and Ridgeway to advance to third. Ridgeway scored on a passed ball moments later.
Columbiana twice left the bases loaded and stranded seven runners in the loss.
"We just didn't get the big hit at the right time," said Columbiana coach Bonnie Wilkenson. "We had our chances. Overall, I'm not displeased, but we stranded too many people."
Walley, who struck out the side to open the game, fanned four of the last five Columbiana hitters to finish with nine strikeouts.
"I felt pretty strong today and after we got the lead, I was able to move my pitches around a little more," Walley said.
Behind two RBIs from Jessie Clayton, South Range captured the opener 4-2. The Raiders scored two runs in the first, then followed with runs in the third and fourth.
"Obviously, we're really pleased," said South Range coach Ray Thomas. "We came here to win two and we were able to do that. Skye pitched a heckuva game and Jenn [Toth] pitched a heckuva game."
Toth improved to 5-4. South Range catcher Jen Ridgeway, who caught both games, had a double in each game. Crystal Schuler had a triple in the first game.
For Columbiana, Lindsay Cross had a double both games and singled home Columbiana's lone run in the second game.
South Range committed two errors to give the Clippers a chance for a big third inning in the second game, but Clayton made a nice defensive play at second base to end the rally.