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Riverside moves a step closer to conference crown with 3-2 win over Fairbanks


Riverside’s Taylor Nichols beats a tag to steal third base during the fourth inning of a game against Fairbanks on Wednesday in Milford Center. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

Riverside’s softball team rallied for an exciting 3-2 win over host Fairbanks on Wednesday in Northwest Central Conference action.

The Pirates are now 14-6 overall and 4-0 in NWCC play.

“It wasn’t until the sixth inning when we got our bats going,” said RHS head coach Andy Phelps. “The girls played a great game tonight. We are now one league win away from our league title.”

Fairbanks scored a run in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 lead.

Riverside found a spark in the top of the sixth inning, though, when Taylor Anderson hit a double to score Heather Comer and tie the game 1-1. Karli Castle later hit a sacrifice fly to score Anderson, which gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the seventh, Abby Proffitt got Riverside going with a double. Comer hit an RBI single to score Proffitt, which gave Riverside a 3-1 lead.

Fairbanks went on to score a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Panthers’ rally fell short.
Taylor Nichols led the Riverside offense by going 2-3 with a double, Anderson had a double and an RBI, Taylor Goings and Proffitt each had doubles, while Castle and Comer both recorded an RBI.

Christyn Wietholter picked up the win in the pitching circle with nine strikeouts. She allowed just four hits.

Raiders ground Falcons

Benjamin Logan put on an impressive hitting display against host Graham on Wednesday and rolled to a 14-5 win in Central Buckeye Conference action.

The Raiders improve to 14-8 and move into first place in the CBC Mad River division with an 8-4 mark.

Ben Logan led 5-4 after three innings. The Raiders then blew the game open by driving in nine runs over the final three innings for a 14-4 advantage. The Falcons scored a final run in the bottom of the seventh.

The Raiders piled up 20 hits.

Kate Campbell and Sydney Evans each went 4-5 with a double and an RBI to lead Ben Logan’s attack.

Brooklyn Terrill went 3-3 with three RBI, Courtney Stewart went 3-5 with a double, Taylor Quay went 2-5 with an RBI, Jess Dodson had a double and an RBI, Shelby Harvey had a double and two RBI and Taylor Coy added an RBI.

Campbell was the winning pitcher.

Cavaliers zap Gophers

Lehman Catholic handled host Ridgemont for a 17-5 win on Wednesday in non-league action.

For the Gophers, Taylor Knapp went 2-4 with a triple and an RBI and Keysten Creamer went 2-3.

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