BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Solid pitching, timely hitting and a three-run home run led the Pirates to a 7-4 victory over the rival Bay Rockets on Wednesday.
Maggie Hill (four innings) and Katie Mommers (three) combined to yield just two earned runs (and four overall) in what marked Rocky River’s third win in the team’s last four games. Catie Wolons smacked a three-run homer as the centerpiece of a seven-run third inning, and River bats went a combined 5-of-13 with runners in scoring position.
Hill and Mommers combined to hang four zeroes on the Bay line score. Hill tossed two scoreless frames before the Pirates (8-11, 4-4 Great Lakes Conference) exploded for their seven in the road half of the third.
For the game, Rocky River out-hit Bay, 12-7. Marissa Smiley, Kelsey Murphy, Mo McIntyre, Lexi Aguilar, and Lindsay Hartman all collected two hits in the game. Wolons’ round-tripper marked her third of the season.
The victory sealed a season sweep of the Rockets – Rocky River downed Bay, 9-8, at Pirate Field on April 12.
CANNON FIRE …
STREAK SNAPPED: Freshman Katie Mommers saw her season-long hit streak come to an end on Wednesday. Mommers – who had hit safely in each of River’s 18 prior games – was 0-for-3 at Bay. During her 18-game streak, the talented newcomer batted .453 (24-of-61) with three doubles and 16 RBIs. … Even still, Mommers made an impact on offense and defense in River’s win. She knocked in a run on a third-inning sacrifice fly. Mommers flied to center in her final plate appearance; she made contact in each of four trips to the plate.
FANTASTIC FOUR: Four different players (Lindsay Hartman, Katie Mommers, Kelsey Murphy, Catie Wolons) knocked in runs in Wednesday’s victory. For the season, Murphy and Marissa Smiley are tied for the team lead, with 22 each. Smiley is Rocky River’s all-time leader in RBIs, with 124.
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