Riverhawks soar, beat Grizzlies in softball rout
Jensen strikes out 12 in Ridgeline win
By Shawn Harrison sports editor Apr 14, 2017 (0)
Timely hits by the Riverhawks and some untimely errors by the Grizzlies proved to be the difference Tuesday.
Ridgeline created some scoring opportunities and took advantage of Logan errors on a cold and cloudy afternoon that also had some scattered rain drops. The visiting Riverhawks left with a 7-1 victory.
âI was happy with how when we got runners in scoring position then we put the pressure on them,â Ridgeline coach Mike Anderson said. âThat is a game-changing to score early.â
Both starting pitchers were dialed in early as a pitcherâs duel looked to be unfolding. Ridgelineâs Mailee Jensen went on to strike out 12 and walk three, while allowing four hits. Loganâs Nya Laing struck out five, walked two and gave up seven hits.
âWe came out serious because my coach said we needed to beat them (Grizzlies) to be in the right spot to face Bear River,â Jensen said. âThe whole team was focused. … This is a big win, because they are a good team. Nya is a good pitcher, one of the best in the region. We were just able to get timely hits when we had runners on.â
The Riverhawks (8-5, 4-0 Region 11) got out of several jams with Jensen strikeouts. The Grizzlies (5-9-1, 2-2) stranded eight base runners on the day, with many in scoring position.
âYou can look out there and tell if she is swaying around and feeling good, that she is in her mojo,â Anderson said. âWhen she feels good, she is hard to hit. She was really focused today.â
Logan committed six errors on the day, which overshadowed some nice defensive plays. Second baseman Saige Hansen robbed Jensen of a hit with a diving stop of a hot grounder, then made the throw to first from her knees. Grizzly first baseman Mia Marin made two running catches that had her up against the dugout as she stretched out to make the catch. Center fielder Amaya Maes also made a long run to make a catch to end an inning.
âI thought Nya pitched well,â Logan coach Kim Laing said. âCredit to them for coming up with hits at crucial times and putting pressure on our defense. We didnât put any pressure on their defense. Offensively is were we really struggled. Weâll get there.â
While those plays were big and prevented Ridgeline from possibly scoring more, the errors throughout the game will haunt Logan.
âThose errors definitely hurt us,â coach Laing said. â… Everyone was super amped up. Itâs a rough one and I know the girls are disappointed. We just got to get better from it.
The Grizzlies were without starting catcher Kam Laing, who broke a finger during practice on Thursday and will be out at least two weeks. She was leading the team offensively and had been super hot at the plate the past few weeks. Coach Laing did not use that as an excuse, however.
âIt hurt us, but her teammates need to step up,â coach Laing said.
Five Riverhawks recorded hits. Tyler Thornton had two base knocks and two RBIs.
âWe came here mentally ready to go,â Thornton said. âWe were all here for business.â
Aleya Zentner had two of the Grizzliesâ four hits.
Jensen struck out four of the first five batters she faced.
âMy riseball was working really well today; that is a lot of what they were swinging at,â Jensen said. âWe threw a majority of fastballs and riseballs and a few change-ups and curves.â
Ridgeline got on the scoreboard in the third. Brooklyn Anderson drew a two-out walk. She scored when Mya Washington smashed a triple that reached the fence in right field.
After the Grizzlies stranded two in their half of the third, the Riverhawks added to their lead with three runs on two hits and two Logan errors. Thornton doubled and scored on an error.
âNya is a great pitcher, classy kid, throws hard,â coach Anderson said. âThe thing is you need to get the timing on her. It took us an inning or so. We had some timely hits and then some errors helped.â
The Grizzlies plated their lone run in the fifth. Mollie Balling scored on a Mia Marin single to the gap in right center. Balling had reached base via a base on balls.
âWe just werenât adjusting … or having the patience,â said Balling, who had one hit and walked twice. â… I had a lot of fun. Iâm sad that we lost, but it was a fun game to play. I feel like we are improving and are definitely on the upswing.â
Nya Laing needed just 15 pitches to get through the fifth and sixth innings. But a lead-off double by Lyndsey Anderson in the seventh and more Grizzly errors were the final nails in the coffin. The Riverhawks added three runs in the seventh to seal the win. Thornton had a two-run single.
âI was trying to make contact and took what I could get,â Thornton said.
Logan Grizzly Varsity Can’t Hold Up Against Ridgeline
Friday was a long day for Logan Grizzly Varsity, as it fell to Ridgeline 7-1.
Ridgeline scored three runs in the seventh inning. Ridgeline’s big inning was driven by a error and a single by Tyler Thornton.
Mailee Jensen earned the win for Ridgeline. She threw seven innings, allowing one run, four hits, and striking out 12. Nya Laing took the loss for Logan Grizzly Varsity. She pitched seven innings, surrendering seven runs, six hits, and striking out five.
Aleya Zentner led Logan Grizzly Varsity with two hits in three at bats.