CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — A good start ultimately led to a better finish for the River Valley softball team Monday night following a 5-3 victory over host Chesapeake in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The Lady Raiders (3-6, 1-1 OVC) outhit the Lady Panthers (2-4, 1-3) by a 13-7 overall margin and also held CHS scoreless for four innings of play, as the guests stormed out to a 3-0 lead through two complete.
Chelsea Copley led things off with a single and later scored on a triple by Libby Leach for a 1-0 lead, then Leach came around on a Cori Williams ground out for a 2-0 advantage. Copley followed with a solo home run in the second for a 3-0 cushion.
Chesapeake scored twice in the fifth to close to within a run at 3-2, but RVHS answered with two scores in the sixth to re-establish a three-run edge. Copley delivered a two-out double and later scored on a single by Ashley Gilmore. Gilmore later scored on a Leach double for a 5-2 lead.
Davidson hit a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh, but the hosts ultimately never came closer than the final two-run outcome. CHS stranded 10 runners on base, while the guests committed two errors and left nine on the bags.
Bethany Gilbert was the winning pitcher of record after allowing seven walks and striking out five over seven innings. Melanie Noble took the loss after surrendering zero walks and fanning two over seven frames.
Copley and Katie Mares paced RVHS with three hits apiece, followed by Leach, Gilmore and Gilbert with two safeties each. Erin Morgan also had a hit for the victors. Leach led the guests with two RBIs and Copley scored a team-best three runs.
Wells paced CHS with three hits, while Davidson, Rice, Brock and Skeens each had a safety in the setback.