HARTFORD, W.Va. — You win some and you lose some. That’s just the way the game goes sometimes.
The River Valley softball team suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 setback to Wirt County and then rebounded nicely with a 15-1 victory over Wahama during a Saturday afternoon non-conference doubleheader in Mason County.
The Lady Raiders (2-3) never led in the opener against WCHS as the Silver and Black trailed 3-0 after four innings of play. RVHS, however, countered with a three-run outburst in the top of the fifth, which knotted things up at three.
Libby Leach singled home Chelsea Copley for a 3-1 deficit, then Ashley Gilmore tripled home both Leach and Amanda Eddy to tie the game at three-all. The score remained that way until the bottom of the seventh when a two-out error allowed Wirt County to score the winning run.
The Lady Raiders outhit the hosts by an 8-6 overall margin and left just six runners stranded on base, compared to nine by the Lady Tigers. RVHS also committed the only two errors in the contest.
Bethany Gilbert took the tough luck loss after allowing six walks in seven innings while striking out four. Casto was the winning hurler with one walk and three strikeouts.
Leach led the Lady Raiders with two hits, followed by Gilmore, Copley, Eddy, Katie Mares, Cori Williams and Erin Morgan with a safety apiece. Harris and Tuchnell each had two hits for Wirt County.
River Valley responded in Game 2 by pounding out 14 hits against Wahama en route to a 15-0 lead through two-and-a-half frames. The Lady Falcons (1-5) answered with a run in the bottom of the third, but ultimately had the game end with the mercy rule after three complete.
RVHS outhit Wahama by a 14-2 overall margin and left five runners on base, compared to two by the hosts. WHS also committed all five errors in the contest.
Gilmore picked up her first career victory in the circle after walking one and striking out three in three innings. Destiny Divers suffered the loss after walking two and fanning three.
Copley led River Valley with team-bests of four hits and three RBIs, followed by Gilbert with two hits. Leach, Gilmore, Williams, Eddy, Mares, Morgan, Mariah Hurt, Reilly Barcus and Jamie Norman also had a hit apiece for the victors.
Leach drove in two RBIs, while Gilbert, Hurt, Mares, Barcus and Morgan each added an RBI. Copley, Gilmore and Williams also scored twice in the decision.
Divers and Emmalee Broyles each had a hit for Wahama. Karson Tolliver — a courtesy runner for Divers — scored a run on Broyles RBI single in the third.
The Lady Falcons also dropped a 13-1 decision in four innings to Wirt County in the final contest of the day. No other information was available at press time.