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April 27, 2014

Edmeston softball tops Indians in eight innings

Staff Report

Danielle Ruffles’ RBI single with two out in the seventh inning tied the score and Edmeston got two unearned runs in the eighth for a 3-2 softball victory over visiting Richfield Springs on Friday in the Tri-Valley League.

Edmeston starting pitcher Brianna Dunham walked her first three batters before getting a strikeout. The Panthers got the second out of the first inning when an RS runner got caught in a pickle between home and third base. Dunham followed with two more walks, the latter pushing a run across the plate for the Indians, before Catherine Johnson took over in the circle. Edmeston escaped further damage when Johnson got the next batter to pop out.

Richfield Springs maintained its one-run cushion until the bottom of the seventh, when Ruffles drove in Kaitlyn Gott with a single to right field.

Madisyn Butler put RS back on top with a one-out homer to center field in the eighth inning.

Johnson then singled to lead off the bottom frame and batterymate Sarah Lawrence drew a walk. Dana Eschler bunted the runners to second and third before Dunham popped out to catcher Emma Miner for the second out.

Johnson tied the score at 2 when Gott beat a late throw to first after her grounder sneaked under the glove of third baseman Butler. Lawrence took third on the miscue and broke for home on the throw to first, sliding under the tag at the plate for the winning run.

Johnson, who singled twice, struck out 13, walked two and allowed four hits for the pitching victory in 61/3 innings of relief.

Losing pitcher Kaity Richvalsy struck out eight and walked three in a six-hitter.

“The girls are hanging in there hitting the ball,” said Edmeston coach Ken Plows, whose team is off to a 4-0 start. “Catherine and Sarah have been consistent, but the other young girls are hitting the ball.”

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