ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — The Rocky River Pirates were swept by the Westlake Demons in a non-conference home doubleheader on Saturday.
The Demons piled up six extra-base hits in taking the opener, 16-13. The nightcap was also a tight battle save for one disaster inning in which Westlake batted around and plated 10 runs. The Pirates lost that game, 14-7.
Over the two games, Westlake batters drew 14 walks while collecting 28 hits. The Demons had more traffic on the bases and hit for more power, but don’t blame the latter on River freshman Kelsey Murphy. Playing catcher and third base and batting in the heart of the River order, Murphy banged out two home runs — her second and third of the season — and a double as part of a 4-for-6 day with two two walks.
In game one, Rocky River (4-7) built a solid lead through four innings. The Maroon & White scored two in the first, three in the third and four in the fourth and were ahead, 9-3, on the strength on clutch hitting throughout the order and the first of Murphy’s home runs.
But River’s six-run cushion would crumble in the latter innings. The Demons batted around in both the sixth and the seventh. The Pirates were held scoreless in 2-of-the-last-3 innings of the eventual 16-13 loss.
The pitchers had things a bit more in control in the second game, especially in the early innings. Starting pitcher Katie Mommers went into the sixth inning with the Pirates and Demons deadlocked at 4-4. At game’s end in the line score, the sixth inning would look like the third quarter of a football game. The visitors outscored the home side, 10-3, in that frame. Fourteen Westlake batters made plate appearances in the marathon top-of-the-sixth.
River countered with a field goal. No game-tying touchdown would come in the seventh inning.
Rocky River’s batting leaders for the day were Murphy, Mo McIntyre (5-for-6, two walks, two RBIs), Mommers (3-for-5, two walks, three runs scored) and Lexi Aguilar (3-for-7, double, four RBIs).
The Pirates are slated to return to action with a Great Lakes Conference game on Monday (at Normandy, 5 p.m.).
CANNON FIRE …
NICE WEEK: Saturday’s double-dip capped off a five-game week for Rocky River. Kelsey Murphy made the most of April’s second week: Murphy batted .625 (10-of-16) with two doubles, three home runs, nine runs batted in and nine runs scored. The power-hitting Pirate freshman had three multi-hit games on the week and now has six for the season.
STREAK SENSE: Another River freshman has put together an impressive streak this season, one that continued all week and has every week so far. And in fact, every game. Katie Mommers has hit safely in each of Rocky River’s 11 games this season. For the season, the pitcher/infielder is batting .552 (16-of-29) with 11 RBIs.
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