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    Riverside closed out its spring break trip to Myrtle Beach with a two-game split on Friday.

    The Beavers opened the day with a 7-6 win over Lincoln County (West Virginia) and closed it with a 4-3 setback to James Madison, a defending state champion from Virginia.

    “I thought the girls did a great job after the rainouts (on Thursday) of coming today ready to play,” said Riverside coach Bill Ross. “Sometimes it’s hard that last day because you know the trip is coming to an end, but the girls did a great job of being ready to play today.”

    The Beavers needed extra innings to down Lincoln County.

    After both teams scored two runs in the first, Riverside took a short-lived 3-2 lead in the second. The Cougars tied it in the top of the third then scored two in the fifth to go ahead, 5-3.

    Riverside answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth but Lincoln County wouldn’t go away and tied it in the sixth.

    After shutting down Lincoln County in the top of the eighth—no easy feat considering the international tie-breaker rule was used putting a runner on second to start the inning—Riverside manufactured a run in the bottom of the eighth to win it.

    “That was a lot of fun,” Ross said. “That’s probably one of the most fun games we’ve been a part of. Maddy Kevern pitched great for those six innings to keep us in that and then Annaliese Davis was lights out for the last two. For Annaliese to get us through that eighth inning without giving up a run was huge.”

    Maddi Proud started the bottom of the eighth on second base and moved to third on Emi Jeras’ groundout and then scored when Kevern grounded to third.

    Milana McCaleb led the Beavers at the plate as she finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Jeras, who doubled twice and knocked in four runs, and Clara Granchi both recorded two hits in the win.

    Kevern allowed six runs on nine hits and fanned two. Davis struck out four in two scoreless and hitless innings to pick up the win.

    Riverside led James Madison in the second game, 3-0, before allowing three runs in the bottom of the fourth and one more in the fifth.

    Granchi took the hard-luck loss after allowing just one earned run on seven hits with two strikeouts in six innings.

    McCaleb, Proud, Jeras, Kevern, Davis, and Emma Wilhelm recorded hits for the Beavers. Proud doubled and knocked in a run.

    Riverside closed out its spring trip with a 4-3 record.

    “The great thing about this whole trip is being able to see the caliber of teams we’re going to play back home with our non-conference schedule,” Ross said. “We’re pretty excited; 4-3 isn’t great, but when you’re playing high-caliber teams and you’re in those games, that’s when we learn the most so we’re really happy with it.”

     

     

     

    Steve Hare
    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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