In the program’s first season of existence, Riverdale Ridge softball (12-8, 4-2 in conference) has put the 3A/4A Colorado 7 Conference on notice: With a roster filled with only first-year students …
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In the program’s first season of existence, Riverdale Ridge softball (12-8, 4-2 in conference) has put the 3A/4A Colorado 7 Conference on notice: With a roster filled with only first-year students and sophomores, this young group continues to grow after outscoring Adams City (7-14) 21-1 in the double-dip Sept. 26 in Thornton.
In the five-inning, 10-0 shutout win in game one, sophomore pitcher Taylor DeShon’s dominance for the Lady Ravens set the tone. The right-handers four-hit, six-strikeout performance combined with fantastic RR defense devasted the AC offense.
On the other side, Riverdale Ridge didn’t have those kinds of issues.
Despite a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the first, RR struck five times in the second frame. An unearned run scored by freshman Gianna Benallo jump-started the lineup. With two outs in the inning, an RBI double, triple and single from sophomores Katherine Hermanson, Destiny Hackney and freshman Sydnee Fordham, respectively, put the game in Lady Ravens’ control.
Two innings later, another 5-run inning outlined by four 1-out runs opened up the floodgates. Hackney got things going, driving in two on a double to deep centerfield. Fordham and freshman Kyla Humphreys followed with an RBI single and double each. Humphreys capped things offensively, scoring on a passed ball.
Game No. 2: Not much changed.
Another five-inning affair is all it took for the Lady Ravens to defeat the Lady Eagles, 11-1.
The lone score for AC came in the third inning on junior Jayanti Jones’ RBI-triple, driving in senior Trinity Ornelas. On seven hits, junior Jazmyn Moten and sophomore Avril May led the team with two hits apiece. RR freshman pitcher Olivia Garcia’s three strikeouts and one earned run proved more than enough for her explosive offense.
Scoring a run every inning, the 13-hit performance for the home team had eight players earn a knock and seven ladies score a run. Sophomore Nikki Waddle and Humphreys’ team-leading three hits guided RR as freshman Emaline Hodnet followed with two. Hodnet also led the lineup with three runs.
Averaging more than 11 runs a game on the season, Riverdale Ridge will continue to lean on its offense heading into the regular season’s final week. The last three games will be on the road against Far Northeast Sept. 29 (7-10), Skyview Oct. 2 (1-20) and Fort Lupton Oct. 4 (12-7).
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