The R.A. Long slowpitch team started scoring early and kept going all afternoon long, beating Skyview 10-3 on Thursday at home to wrap up a stretch of five games in four days.
The Lumberjills posted two runs in the bottom of the first inning, and added to their total in each successive frame.
Hope Childers and Ava Rodman both had 3-for-4 outings with an RBI apiece; Childers scored two runs while Rodman added one. Between them in the order, Gracie Byrnes had just one hit, but it was a big one, launching a two-run homer in the first to start the scoring.
Behind Rodman, Mylee Grimm added a pair of knocks.
As a team, RAL outhit its guests 14-7, and kept Skyview off the scoreboard in four of the seven innings.
“I am very proud of how tough our girls played this week,” RAL coach Joshua Donaldson said. “Five games in four days is tough with no practices.All of our girls are finding their stride.”
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The Mark Morris slowpitch team needed just about every run it managed Thursday in a 16-14 win in eight innings over Union.
Megan Jenkins and Natalie Mejia both put up 5-for-5 outings at the plate, while Hayly Peterson and McKenzie Verdoorn both went 4-for-5. Ireland Allen tossed the whole game for the Monarchs.
“The girls fought through some adversity late in the game with a couple controversial calls to mount a comeback and win the game,” MM coach Chris Mejia said. “I’m very proud of them for staying focused and not giving up when it wasn’t going their way.”
Mark Morris is scheduled to take on R.A. Long next Monday, kicking off a packed final week of the regular season with five games in five days.