SOUTH POINT, Ohio — Host South Point captured the league title outright Wednesday night following a 12-2 decision over the River Valley softball team in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The Lady Pointers (12-6, 9-1 OVC) stormed out to a 3-0 lead after one inning of play, but the visiting Lady Raiders (7-15, 3-6) countered with two runs in the third to close to within a run through three complete. Chelsea Copley hit a two-run homer in the top of the third to make it a 3-2 contest.
The long ball, however, proved to be the only offensive highlight for RVHS on the evening as the Silver and Black managed only one hit in the entire contest. SPHS added a run in the fourth for a 4-2 edge, then plated six runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to complete the mercy-rule decision.
South Point outhit the Lady Raiders by an 11-1 overall margin and did not commit an error in the triumph, compared to five errors by RVHS. The Lady Pointers stranded eight runners on base while the guests left nobody on the bags.
Katelyn Brown was the winning pitcher of record after allowing just one walk over six innings while striking out seven. Ashley Gilmore suffered the loss after surrendering six walks and fanning two over five-plus frames.
Copley drove in Reilly Barcus with her home run in the second. Barcus was a courtesy runner for Gilmore, who received the team’s lone free pass.
Andi Kleinman led SPHS with three hits, followed by Brown, Abby Winkler and Sylvia Griffith with two safeties apiece. Kleinman and Brown each drove in two RBIs for the victors.
River Valley still has a game to make up with Chesapeake in the OVC regular season.