River rallies late to top Rockets in Pioneer District softball game
The Craig County softball team had James River on the ropes last week but let the Knights get away. River rallied for five runs in the last two innings and took a 6-3 win over the Rockets in New Castle.
Craig scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead over the Knights. A two-out, two-run double by Cristoni Couvrette off River pitcher Abbie Tincher was the big blow.
However, River rallied to tie the game in the top of the sixth. Ashley Dudding doubled in the bottom of the inning and reached third but was stranded there, and the Knights scored three more in the top of the seventh for the win.
“Ashley pitched one of her best games of the year and we played pretty well behind her,” said coach Mark McPherson. “The only problem was some balls fell in the outfield that maybe should have been caught.”
Dudding struck out four and allowed just five hits to a solid hitting lineup. Craig had five hits off Tincher, doubles by Dudding and Couvrette and singles by Jordyn Frango, Jordan Persinger and Elizabeth Surface.
With the loss Craig fell to 0-2 in the district, but they’ve played their two toughest Pioneer opponents, Bath and River. Today the Rockets host Covington and Friday they’re at Parry McCluer, and McPherson hopes to even the district record with a couple wins.
Last Tuesday the Rockets shut out Roanoke Valley Christian in a non-district game in Roanoke, 9-0. Melia Hutton was a home run away from the cycle as she had a single, a double and a triple for the Rockets, driving in two runs. Frango had a single and a triple and freshman Kate Flinchum drove in two runs with a double.
Dudding cruised along with a two-hitter, striking out 10. With the win Craig’s overall record is 7-6.