CHESHIRE, Ohio — A good start is always nice, but what happens after that is what really counts.
The River Valley softball team allowed four runs in the opening inning of Friday night’s Ohio Valley Conference tilt in Gallia County, but the Lady Raiders turned things around and took the 5-4 victory over Coal Grove.
River Valley (5-9, 3-3 OVC) committed four errors in the top of the first, allowing the Lady Hornets (4-9, 2-5) to score four runs and take the early advantage. RVHS junior Bethany Gilbert doubled home Chelsea Copley and Libby Leach in the bottom of the third inning to trim the deficit to 4-2.
The Silver and Black tied the game at four in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Ashley Gilmore and Katie Mares scored on RBIs by Amanda Eddy and Alexis Hurt. With two-outs in the bottom of the sixth Mares drove home Copley to put RVHS on top 5-4. Coal Grove was sent away in order in the seventh and River Valley claimed the 5-4 victory.
Gilmore earned the win for the Lady Raiders, while striking out nine and walking five. The losing pitcher of record was Kelci Grove, who struck out 10 and walked one.
Copley led the Lady Raiders with three singles, followed by Gilbert with a double and a single. Hurt marked two singles for RVHS, while Leach, Mares and Gilmore each finished with one. Gilbert marked a game-high two runs batted in, followed by Hurt, Mares and Eddy with one each. Copley scored two times to pace River Valley, while Leach, Gilmore and Mares each scored once. Copley marked two stolen bases in the win.
Morgan Scites, Kelci Grove, Katelyn Murphy and Brittany Webb each marked a single in the setback for Coal Grove, while Scites added two runs batted in. Grove, Murphy, Scites and Deanna Bentley each scored a run, while Murphy had the lone CGHS stolen base.
River Valley also defeated Coal Grove on April 16 in Lawrence County, by a count of 7-4.