Romick Shines as River Hammers Magnolia, 9-1
NEW MARTINSVILLE – River’s Rosey Romick was the OVAC Class AAA Player of the Year last spring. The talented senior did nothing to hurt her chances Thursday, March 31 for retaining that lofty honor.
Romick turned in a splendid pitching effort while adding a pair of hits as the powerful Pilots downed rival Magnolia, 9-1, in five innings. Romick yielded just one hit – a first inning single to Tylar Seckman – while fanning seven and issuing just one walk. She retired the final 10 batters she faced.
“Rosey was on the top of her game today. She was sharp and spotting the ball where she needed it to be,” River coach Dave Wright said. “We relied a lot on small ball today. It is something we needed to work on. We executed it well.”
Magnolia scored its lone run in the opening frame. Seckman singled and eventually reached third on an error. Magnolia standout Davianne Croasmun plated Seckman via a sacrifice fly.
Romick was brilliant the balance of the night, allowing just one additional baserunner. It come on a second-inning walk. River responded with a pair of runs in the second inning. Junior Emilee Heater crushed a double and kept running all the way home on a two-base error. Faith Ingram subsequently reached on an error and advanced to third on two wild pitches. She came home on the Eagles’ third error of the inning.
That was all the run production Romick needed, but the Pilots scored in each of the next three innings to invoke the mercy rule.
The Caldwell girls – Candace and Bailey – each had two singles and an RBI for the winners.
Freshman Ashley Tharp took the mound loss, but flashed the form of a promising ace. She fanned four and surrendered no walks. She was hurt by seven Eagle errors.
“We were very sloppy tonight. You cannot make that many mistakes against a quality team like River. They are well-coached with good athletes,” Magnolia coach Dillon Mangino said. “There are no secrets to this game. You just have to make the plays and throw strikes. We definitely didn’t make the plays.
“Ashley is going to develop into a very nice pitcher for us. We did nothing to help her tonight.”
The win raised River’s record to 5-1. Wright’s squad will visit Monroe Central this afternoon.
Shorthanded Magnolia dropped to 1-6. The Blue Eagles, who host Ravenswood today, had three starters missing due to a school field trip.
“Magnolia is an up-and-coming team. They have a great coach,” Wright said. “They were shorthanded today which really hurt them. Tharp is also going to be a mound mainstay down the road.”
Pilots Shut Out Dragons, 8-0
River scored five runs in the third inning with only one-hit – a Bailey Caldwell single – and the Pilots went on to defeat the Cameron Dragons, 8-0 in girls softball action March 30 in Sardis.
River scored off a wild-pitch, bases-loaded walk, ground-out, and a Caldwell single to get the party started in the bottom of the third, while scoring its final three runs in the fifth. Rosie Romick started the scoring frenzy with a double. Emilee Heater, followed with a double, scoring Tessa Tenley who pitch-run for Romick. Bailey Caldwell found her way on base with a Cameron error, and Faith Ingram singled in Heater, while Bailey touched home after a Candace Caldwell base-hit.
Romick picked up the win from the mound. She struck out five Cameron batters, while smacking three doubles. Heater, Ingram and Kirsten Brown each doubled, while Bailey and Candace Caldwell each plated in runs on base-hits.
In addition, Riley Lollathin was hit by a pitch, while Madi Taylor added a sacrifice.
Tigers Hand Pilots First Lost Of Season
The Shadyside Tigers scored four runs in the top of the fifth and held on for a 7-2 victory against River March 29 at Sardis.
The Pilots scored their lone runs in the fifth and sixth innings, when Rosie Romick plated Madi Taylor, who had singled, with a triple.
Meanwhile, Candace Caldwell hit a solo shot over the fence for her first home-run of the season.
In addition, Faith Ingram doubled, while Bailey Caldwell had a sacrifice. Romick picked up the loss from the mound. She struckout seven and walked two.
Pilots Use Big Third Inning To Beat Bishop, 11-5
After falling behind 5-1 after two innings, the River Pilots used a six-run third inning to take the lead and never looked back in beating Bishop Donahue, 11-5, in girls softball action March 28 at I-470 ball fields in Wheeling.
Faith Ingram paced a River Pilot 14-hit attack with a double and a home-run, while knocking in four teammates, and Rosie Romick picked up her third win of the season, striking out three and walking two.
With one out in the top of the third, Romick singles up the gut, and after Livi Rose’s seeing eye single, Emilee Heater reached on a fielder’s choice that loaded the bases. Candace Caldwell laid down a bunt single, scoring Romick, with everyone else moving up a notch.
Ingram followed with a two-run double, and Bailey Caldwell bunted her way on to load the bases once more. Kirsten Brown walks, knocking in Candace. Madi Taylor’s hard single up the middle scored Ingram and Bailey Caldwell to give the visitors a 7-5 lead, after two and a half innings.
In the top of the fourth, Heater doubled and Ingram brought her home with a home-run to give the Pilots a little wiggle room.
Rose singled for the Pilots in the top of the sixth, but was erased at second on a Heater grounder. Candace Caldwell doubled to centerfield, with Heater resting at third base, but a heads-up Heater raced home to give the Pilots a 10-5 lead.
The Pilots scratched out their final tally in the seventh. After a one-out single by Taylor, and a ground out to Romick, Rose singled home Taylor for the last run of the game.
Donahue’s first batter in the seventh reached on a Pilot error, but a harmless groundout and a pair of fly-outs ended the game.
Rose led the Pilots with four hits and two RBI, while stealing a base. Ingram doubled and belted a home run, while knocking in four runs. Candace Caldwell singled, doubled and plated a run, while Heater doubled and scored three times.
In addition, Taylor walked and belted a two-run single, while adding a sacrifice and stealing a base. Romick singled, while Riley Lollathin walked and scored. Brown added an RBI walk.