CHESHIRE, Ohio — A late rally propels Fairland passed the Lady Raiders.
The River Valley softball team scored the first three runs of Thursday night’s Ohio Valley Conference tilt, but Fairland outscored the Silver and Black 9-1 over the remainder of the game to take the 9-4 triumph.
The Lady Raiders (6-14, 3-5 OVC) scored twice in the opening inning, first when Chelsea Copley scored on an error and then when Alexis Hurt drove home Libby Leach. Katie Mares drove home Leach in the third inning to extend the lead but back-to-back two run innings by FHS put the Lady Dragons in control.
The Lady Dragons (8-10, 5-5 OVC) added five runs in the sixth inning to push the lead to 9-3. Leach scored her third run of the game in the bottom of the seventh but Fairland took the 9-4 win.
Chandler Fulks pitched four innings in relief and earned the win, allowing one run and striking out eight. Alison Shepherd started for FHS and struck out two, while surrendering three runs. Both Fulks and Shepherd walked two batters. Ashley Gilmore walked nine and struck out three, while taking the loss in the circle for RVHS.
Libby Leach scored three runs and led River Valley with a triple and a double. Chelsea Copley doubled and scored, while Hurt, Mares and Cori Williams each singled. Leach, Copley, Hurt and Williams each had a stolen base in the setback.
Tiffany Christian had three hits to lead FHS, while Mollie Morris, Caitlin Stone, Ellen Hinshaw, Oliver Adkins, Kazee and Curry each singled for Fairland.
Fairland finished with nine runs, nine hits, two errors and nine left one base, while River Valley had four runs, six hits, two errors and nine left on base.