PARMA, Ohio – Kelsey Murphy belted a home run and two doubles, and the Pirates collected seven extra-base hits as a team, as Rocky River defeated Parma, 11-7, on Thursday.
Rocky River scored runs in five straight innings – the third through the seventh – as the Pirates kept a recent offense surge going in the road tilt at Parma. River has now scored 44 runs over its last four games. The Pirates tied a season-high with 19 hits in the game; the Maroon & White have clubbed 38 hits over the team’s last two games.
The Pirates (5-8, 3-2 Great Lakes Conference) and Redmen traded zeroes over the first two innings of Thursday’s contest. Doubles by Nani Meese and Murphy highlighted a three-run third for Rocky River. Parma countered with two runs in the bottom of the third, but solid River pitching would allow the Redman to dent the plate again until the seventh.
The Pirates extended their lead to 5-2 in the fourth, 7-2 in the fifth and 9-2 in the sixth. Murphy hit her team-leading fifth home run in the sixth.
The seventh inning was a trade of five runs for two, as the Pirates closed out the 11-7 road win.
Maggie Hill (two innings), Katie Mommers (4-1/3), and Grace Gascoigne (two-thirds) combined on the River effort in the circle. Hill tossed two scoreless frames in what marked her first prep appearance. Mommers allowed three hits and two runs (one earned) over her four innings-and-change.
The Rocky River offense got two doubles from Lexi Aguilar and Kelsey Murphy and one each from Nani Meese and Marissa Smiley. Catie Wolons (2-for-5), Mo McIntyre (4-for-5) and Maire Kelly (2-for-4) added multi-hit games for a Pirate offense that went 11-for-18 (.611) with runners in scoring position.
River is batting .401/.471/.586 (batting/on-base/slugging) over its last four games. Murphy has four round-trippers over that stretch.
Thursday’s victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Pirates.
CANNON FIRE …
WOMEN OF STEAL: Rocky River had five stolen bases (one each for five different base runners) on Thursday. The Pirates now have 22 thefts on the season. Maire Kelly leads the squad with six.
EXTRA! EXTRA!: The Pirates have 34 extra-base hits (26 doubles, one triple, seven home runs) through 13 games. Kelsey Murphy (11 extra-base hits) and Marissa Smiley (nine) lead the team is garnering extra bags on base hits. In 2018, River had just 41 extra-base hits in 24 games.
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photo credits: Kent Klodnick