Varsity Softball · Pirates fall in extra-inning league tussle

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — Rocky River was upended in extra innings on Tuesday, as the Pirates fell to the Normandy Invaders, 19-13.

The Maroon & White knotted what was a see-saw affair — with a total of six ties and lead changes — by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. River stranded a runner at third in that seventh frame, and a 13-13 game went into extra innings. A Marissa Smiley double — her sixth of the season — and a Mo McIntyre RBI single highlighted the seventh-inning rally.

Rocky River staved off a Normandy threat in the eighth. The Invaders banged out six hits and batted around in a decisive top-of-the-ninth that saw them score six runs. No River rally was forthcoming in the home half of the ninth. Solid Normandy pitching went through the heart of the Pirate order, getting two ground-outs and a strikeout to end what was a marathon contest between the two Great Lakes Conference foes.

The Pirates (19 hits) and Invaders (17) combined for 36 hits in the slugfest at Pirate Field. Eleven were of the extra-base variety. Catie Wolons and Kelsey Murphy homered for Rocky River (4-8, 2-2 GLC). Murphy has now belted four home runs over River’s last six games. The Pirate hit parade also included a 4-of-6 performance by Smiley and three-hit afternoons for Nani Meese and Maire Kelly. McIntyre and Lexi Aguilar each collected two hits and three runs batted in.

But Tuesday’s game also amounted to a parade of miscues for the Pirate defense. Rocky River was tagged with six errors in the contest and has now logged a tough-to-out-hit .863 fielding percentage (with 13 errors) over its last three games. Those three games represent a losing streak for the Pirates, who are scheduled to play three more games this week. River’s next game is slated for Thursday (at Parma, 5 p.m.).

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