No. 11 Hinton softball falls to No. 14 Ridge View
HINTON — In a battle between ranked teams in a Class 2A regional semifinal softball contest on Friday, it was No. 14 ranked Ridge View coming away with a 6-3 win over No. 11 ranked Hinton.
Hinton pitcher Jadyn Case helped her own cause in the third as she broke a scoreless tie with a double to left-center field which drove in Bella Badar.
The Blackhawks held that lead until the fifth inning when the Raptors scored three runs. They took a 3-1 lead on a two-run home run from Tatum Shepherd. Ridge View added to their lead with three more runs coming home in the seventh.
Hinton loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and scored a run on an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Case and another on an error to make it 6-3. The Blackhawks had the tying run at the plate with two outs, but the Raptors brought Shepherd into the circle to record the final out as she got Sara Schoenrock to strike out looking on a full count pitch.
“Tonight we ended the season with a tough loss to a hard hitting Ridge View squad,” Hinton Head Coach Jennifer Jacobs-List said. “We left nine runners on base and just couldn’t find the timely hit we needed. We also made errors defensively that cost us, where their errors did not end up costing them.”
The win went to Addison Schmidt who pitched the first 6 2/3 innings while striking out a pair. She gave up a pair of hits to Case and Emily Small along with a double to Bailey Boeve. Badar, Ashlyn Kovarna and Aubree Lake added a single apiece.
Case ended up taking the loss despite finishing the game with 13 strikeouts. She gave up six runs, four of which were earned, on five hits and three walks.
Ridge View improved to 19-8 with the win and advanced to play in the regional final.
It’s the second time in the last two seasons the Raptors have eliminated the Blackhawks in the postseason. The Raptors won their 2020 regional semifinal contest by a 12-2 score in six innings en route to a state tournament appearance that year.
Hinton finishes the season with a 21-10 record. The War Eagle Conference champions will say goodbye to a large group of seniors.
“We say goodbye to a group of eight great women,” Jacobs-List said. “Their dedication, time, and commitment to our program is something we truly value and will be sorely missed. The legacy this group left behind is a high bar for those to come and I am personally very proud to say I have coached and gotten the opportunity to know them. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”
The eight seniors are Kenedi Spies, Kayana Kunkel, Bella Badar, Sara Schoenrock, Emily Small, Jadyn Case, Madison Goosmann and Tessa Trierweiler.