R-B softball holds off G-K

GENOA — Against Genoa-Kingston, the Richmond-Burton softball team didn’t reach base in only one inning.

“They are aggressive up there and they are looking for their pitch. They are being disciplined and going for what they want,” said Rockets head coach Stephanie Rasmusen.

Richmond-Burton (8-4, 4-2 BNC) used that aggressiveness to jump out to an early 6-3 lead and held on for a 7-6 victory in Genoa Tuesday afternoon.

Freshman pitcher Rachel Hayden struck out six Cogs batters over her seven innings of work. Hayden said that the Rockets did well scoring late in innings. 

“We actually hit well in the two-out rallies. And we came together in the times that we needed it,” said Hayden.

After trailing early 2-0, B-R scored three runs in the top of the second inning. After a leadoff double by Taylor Mell, Allie Hogan knocked Mell in with a single. Next, Grace Schwegel reached on an infield hit and Stephanie Pedley’s two-RBI double plated Hogan and Schwegel.

G-K (9-6) tied the game in the bottom of the second and R-B immediately responded. After the Rockets drew four straight walks, back-to-back outs put R-B at risk of only scoring one run in the inning. Sam Wegner broke the game open with a two-RBI single to make the score 6-3.

“Overall, we are starting to put it together,” said Rasmusen. “We still have to take care of the ball towards the end of the game and keep our bats alive. But, overall, they hung in there and pulled it out.”

The Cogs closed the gap to two in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Rockets got that run right back. After Schwegel reached on an infield hit, Pedley record her third RBI of the game on a single, which scored Schwegel.

G-K’s late comeback fell short and R-B escaped with a win. Coach Rasmusen was pleased with how Hayden worked out of late game jams.

“(Hayden) did a good job. She got into a couple holes. She is young but she got herself out of it. She is tough and just stayed in there,” the coach said.

Pedley finished the contest 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Mell and Schwegel each scored two runs. Schwegel also finished with two hits.

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