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    For the second straight year, Riverside closed out its season with 20 wins.

    The Beavers defeated host North on Tuesday, 12-1, to finish the year 20-3 overall and 12-0 in the Western Reserve Conference.

    Riverside was 22-4 in 2021.

    “We talked about it before the game and said there were still a couple of milestones we still wanted to reach,” said Riverside coach Bill Ross. “We wanted to get back-to-back 20-win seasons and we wanted to go undefeated in the WRC, so we thought it would be good to go out and take our seniors out on a win.”

    After a slow start, Riverside scored three runs in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to take a 12-0 lead over the Rangers.

    Emma Kovalchuk led the charge at the plate as she was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

    Amanda Kolar, Maren Kelly, and Grace Fisher each collected two hits and Kolar knocked in a team-high four runs.

    The Beavers pounded out six doubles in the win.

    North scored a run in the bottom of the sixth but it wasn’t enough to fend off the run rule.

    Maddie Russo was 2-for-3 for the Rangers with a double.

    Fisher closed out her career with a strong performance in the circle. She allowed one unearned run on six hits and fanned six in six innings of work.

    Reaching 20 wins is never easy and with the inclement weather that plagued teams this season, hitting that milestone was even more difficult.

    “With us only getting 23 games in, it made it harder for us to get to 20,” Ross said. “The girls were just super consistent.”

     

     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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