High School Sports

RV softball: Triple Crown report

Game 1 - Aiken Triple Crown Invitational - 4/03/09

In the opening game of pool play at the 16-team Aiken Triple CrownInvitational tournament at Citizen's Park, the Ridge View Blazers faced thehost team Aiken Fighting Green Hornets. The format for this tourney was 3pool games to determine seeding for 2 subsequent bracket games.

Aiken (Region 5-4A) entered the tournament with a 5-9 overall record, andRidge View (Region 4-4A) had a 3-11 overall mark for the season. Aiken jumpedout of the gates early scoring 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning, using a2-out 2-rbi single to right field by Kimmy Hitchcock for the first 2 runs.Ridge View answered back in the bottom of the inning however, scoring 2, withan rbi-double off the center fielder's glove from 1B Stephanie Sweatman beingthe big hit. Strong winds blowing out to center/left-center made thingsdifficult on any ball in the air for outfielders playing these positions.

The Hornets answered back in the top of the 2nd, getting both of these runsback with singles from Brittany Zaremba and Aubry Harmon to widen the marginto 5-2. Aiken would go up 6-2 in the top of the 4th on an rbi-single to rightcenter from Priscilla Simon. The Blazers closed the gap to 6-4, manufacturingsolo runs in the 5th and 6th inning by benefit of a walk, a pair of stolenbases, a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt, with the only hit being a singleup the middle off the bat of Tre Medlin.

The Blazers completed their comback in the bottom of the 7th inning, scoring 3runs to win the game 7-6 with a walkoff 2-out single from Tre Medlin. Theinning started with a walk to 2B Natalie Davis, followed by a beautiful buntsingle down third from 7th grader Jahleesa Coatie. Following a strikeout,Davis scored from 3rd on a groundout to 3rd for the second out of the inning.A 2-out rbi double to left-center from C Katelyn Smith to drive in Coatie,followed by a walk-off single to left-center from Tre Medlin to drive inSmith, completed the game with an exciting finish.

This was the 3rd time these two teams have played each other since thebeginning of the 2008 season, with each game being decided with runs scored ineither the 7th or 8th inning for comeback wins for Ridge View, all very closeand entertaining games.

RV:Jahleesa Coatie - rf (1-2, 2 BB, 3 runs, SB)Stephanie Sweatman - 1b (1-3, 2B, rbi, run)Kaitlyn McCormick - cf (0-3, 3 rbi, sac fly)Katelyn Smith - c (1-2, 2B, rbi, run, 2 BB)Tre Medlin - ss (2-3, rbi, run, SB)

Aiken:Dennon Reese - cf (1-4, run)Emily Lee - lf (2-4, rbi, run)Priscilla Simon - ss (1-2, rbi, sac)Kimmy Hitchcock - dp (1-1, 2 rbi, run)Heather Stickland - rf (1-3, 3B, rbi)Sylina Dennis - 1b (1-3)Brittany Zaremba - c (2-3, run, SB)Aubry Harmon - 3b (1-3, run)

WP - Brooke Dimock (4-8, 7 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 10 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 1 HP)LP - Priscilla Simon (4-6, 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 0 BB)Caroline Burnov (6 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 H, 6 K, 7 BB, 1 HP)

Game 2 - Aiken Triple Crown Invitational - 4/03/09

In the second game of pool play at the 16-team Aiken Triple Crown Invitationaltournament at Citizen's Park, the Ridge View Blazers faced the Wagener-SalleyWar Eagles. The format for this tourney was 3 pool games to determine seedingfor 2 subsequent bracket games.

Wagener-Salley (Region 4-A) entered the game with a 7-3 overall record afterlosing their opener to Aiken 9-2, and Ridge View (Region 4-4A) had a 4-11overall mark, after defeating Aiken in their first pool game 7-6. Ridge Viewjumped out on top in the bottom of the first inning scoring a pair of runs. Aleadoff walk and stolen base to 7th grade 2B Jahleesa Coatie, followed by anopposite field looping single to left from junior pitcher Stephanie Sweatman,left runners at 1st and 3rd. Blazer catcher Kaitlyn McCormick lined asacrifice fly to left field to score Coatie, and Sweatman was driven home witha ringing double in the left-center field gap by freshman 3B Katelyn Smith.

Wagener-Salley scored a run to close the gap to 2-1 in the top of the 3rdinning off Blazer starter Stephanie Sweatman. Marjorie Sliker lead off theinning with the first hit of the day for the War Eagles, a single up themiddle. Following an outfield error on a fly ball to right, Sliker wassingled home by Kaitlyn Vinson with a flare down the right field line. TheBlazers widened the margin in the bottom of the 4th scoring 2 to go up 4-1.Senior CF Shatoya White reached base on a groundball error to 2nd, thenfollowing a pair of walks, Sweatman drove home both White and Natalie Daviswith a liner over second base for her second hit.

The War Eagles answered back in top of the 6th scoring two to get within oneat 4-3. After 3 consecutive 0-out singles from Gantt Baily, Brielle Busbee,and Crystal Rish resulted in one run crossing the plate and runners at thecorners for the Eagles, junior pitcher Brooke Dimock was called upon to putout the fire for the Blazers. Dimock walked the first batter she faced toload the bases, fanned the next hitter for the first out, then got a grounderto first scoring Busbee for the second out. With the tying and winning runsat 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs, Dimock struck out the #2 (in the order) hitter forthe War Eagles to end the threat.

Dimock closed the door for the save in the 7th with a 1-2-3 inning and a pairof stikeouts. The win moves Ridge View to 2-0 in pool play with the #2 ranked3A team in the state, Midland Valley looming for 1:00 on Saturday.

Ridge View 4 Wagener-Salley 3

RV:Jahleesa Coatie - 2b,rf (2-3, run, BB, SB)Stephanie Sweatman - p,1b (2-3, 2 rbi, run, sac, SB)Katelyn Smith - 3b (2-3, 2B, rbi)Morgan Bailey - lf (1-3)

WS:Kaitlyn Vinson - c (1-3, rbi)Bailey Gantt - lf (1-3, run, BB)Brielle Busbee - ss (1-2, run, BB, SB)Crystal Rish - dp (1-3, rbi, SB)Marjorie Sliker - rf (2-3, run)

WP - Stephanie Sweatman (1-1, 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 4 BB)LP - Jenna Starnes (6 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 5 BB)Save - Brooke Dimock (1) (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 K, 1 BB)

Game 3 - Aiken Triple Crown Invitational - 4/04/09

In the third game of pool play at the 16-team Aiken Triple Crown Invitationaltournament at Citizen's Park, the Ridge View Blazers faced the #2 ranked 3Ateam in the state, Midland Valley Mustangs at 1:00 pm on Saturday, 4/04/09.The format for this tourney was 3 pool games to determine seeding for 2subsequent bracket games.

Midland Valley entered the game with a 14-2 overall record after winning theirfirst two pool games against Aiken and Wagener-Salley, and Ridge View had a5-11 overall mark, after winning their pool games against the same opponents.The game was scoreless after 2 innings with both starters Brooke Dimock (RV)and Amber Holley (MV) looking sharp. Dimock, through the first 9 hitters, hadnot allowed a hit and had struck out 5 batters. But, after 2 were out in thetop of the third, Midland Valley strung together 3 consecutive hits, the lastof which was a 2-rbi triple to the right-center field gap by Morgan Robinsonscoring Haley Justice and Haley Zuhlke to go up 2-0.

The Mustangs added 2 more in the 4th when Courtney Howell lead off with asingle to center, stole second, advancing to third when the throw bounced offof her sliding into second, and scored on Kara Norris' infield single toshort. Some indecision on whether to try to make the play at the plate or theforce-out at first lead to both runners being safe. Norris would score whenthe next hitter attempted to sacrifice bunt her to second, but the throw fromthe catcher was over the second baseman's head at first base and into rightfield. The Blazers attempted to throw out Norris advancing to third on theplay, but the throw from right bounced into third and got away from theleft-fielder who had moved in to cover third during the bunt, allowing Norristo score all on the same play.

Midland Valley added an insurance run in the 5th to go up 5-0 after a leadofftriple over right field by Haley Zuhlke, who scored on a groundout to short inthe next at bat. Blazer shortstop Tre Medlin made a great play on thegrounder in the hole at short, making a long throw to first to complete theforce-out. Blazer hitters were held to 3 hits on the day by Mustang lefyhurler Amber Holley. Freshman Tre Medlin had the key to success though, going2 for 2, with a pair of opposite field singles to right, doing a nice job ofgoing with the pitch. Stephanie Sweatman had the other Blazer hit for thegame, a grounder single up the middle, to collect her 4th hit of thetournament.

A scary moment in the top of the 6th occurred when Blazer shortstop Medlincollided with left fielder Shatoya White on a catch of a shallow pop-up inleft. Both players received cuts near their eye in the collision and were notable to continue for safety reasons. Unfortunately for the Blazers who werealready missing 4 regular varsity players this day due to injury or othercommitments, they were only left with 8 available players and could notcontinue the tournament.

The Blazers would have advanced to the '2nd-place in the pool' Silver bracketlater that day.

Ridge View 0 Midland Valley 5

RV:Stephanie Sweatman - 1b (1-3)Tre Medlin - ss (2-2)

MV:Hailey Justice - cf (1-3, run)Haley Zuhlke - c (2-3, 2B, 3B, 2 runs, SB)Morgan Robinson - 2b (1-3, 3B, 3 rbi)Courtney Howell - ss (1-3, run, SB)Kara Norris - 3b (1-3, rbi, run)

WP - Amber Holley (6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 8 K, 1 BB)LP - Brooke Dimock (4-9, 6 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 0 BB)

RV:Jahleesa Coatie - rf (1-2, 2 BB, 3 runs, SB)Stephanie Sweatman - 1b (1-3, 2B, rbi, run)Kaitlyn McCormick - cf (0-3, 3 rbi, sac fly)Katelyn Smith - c (1-2, 2B, rbi, run, 2 BB)Tre Medlin - ss (2-3, rbi, run, SB)