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    Riverside wins 14th straight


    Emma Kovalchuk and Amanda Kolar hit back-to-back home runs and Grace Fisher struck out 11 to lead Riverside to a 10-0 five-inning win at Kenston on Monday.

    With the win, the Beavers improved to 14-0 on the season.

    “Our 14-0 run feels amazing,” said Kolar. “Nothing is more fun than winning with your best friends playing the sport you love.”

    Emily Lamos and Maren Kelly both hit RBI singles in the top of the first inning to give the Beavers an early 2-0 lead.

    They added two more runs in the second on a Fisher single and an error.

    Delaney Keith led off the fifth with a triple and Kelly hit her second single of the game to make it 5-0. Molly Binkiewicz then singled and Katie Ross walked to load the bases. Kelly scored on a passed ball to push the lead to 6-0.

    Kayla Bobeczko then singled to load the bases but Binkiewicz was thrown out at the plate trying to steal.

    Kovalchuk then fouled off five pitches before hitting a three-run homer. Kolar followed with a home run on the second pitch she saw.

    “I saw the inside fastball coming and I pulled it to left field,” Kolar said. “It felt amazing off the bat, and even more amazing hitting it right after Emma’s home run. Hitting back-to-back home runs is an awesome feeling.”

    Kolar finished the game 2-for-3.

    She struck out in her first at-bat and made the necessary adjustments to find success in her final two plate appearances.

    “I adjusted to the pitcher’s spin and waited for my pitch instead of chasing her pitch,” she said. “I went in after my first at-bat less anxious with a different mindset.”

    Kovalchuk, Keith, Kelly, and Fisher also recorded two hits for the Beavers.

    Fisher allowed just one hit and struck out 11.

    Riverside travels to South on Wednesday.

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, 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, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the 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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