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  • Riverton hurts Pittsburg with the big inning

  • The big inning hurt Pittsburg during its doubleheader Tuesday against Riverton at Wild Red Berry Field.



    Riverton broke open what had been a pitchers’ duel in the first game into a wild game with a seven-run fifth and turned another close game in the nightcap upside down with eight runs in the third. The Rams claimed a sweep, 8-5 and 13-3.

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  • The big inning hurt Pittsburg during its doubleheader Tuesday against Riverton at Wild Red Berry Field.
    Riverton broke open what had been a pitchers’ duel in the first game into a wild game with a seven-run fifth and turned another close game in the nightcap upside down with eight runs in the third. The Rams claimed a sweep, 8-5 and 13-3.
    “We had a bad inning in the first game and we started out not very good (in the second game) in the first inning with Andie (Casper) hitting people and they still scored only two runs,” Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard said. “That’s a positive but then we got into a funk in two innings and it got away from us. I still felt like we were battling. People stepped up and hit good, I thought. Andie normally slaps and bunts and she hit the long ball today. Katy Short’s been in a slump and she was hitting. Hannah Drenik did a good job on some slaps but they didn’t fall. They did an excellent job in the outfield.”
    Pittsburg struck first in the opener with a run in the fourth after scoreless work by Riverton starter Shelby Mitchell and Pittsburg starter Mercedes Vogel. Alaura Short led off the fourth with a double and moved over to third when her younger sister Katy reached on an infield single. Kylie Wilber hit into a groundout to score Alaura Short.
    Riverton answered emphatically with seven runs on five hits and one error in the fifth. Skyler Henderson led off the frame with a single and the big hits in the inning were two-run singles by Alex Green and Angela McMaster.
    After trailing 8-1 in the sixth, Pittsburg managed four runs in the sixth and seventh, including three in the final at-bat. Abby Harris reached on a dropped third strike and Andie Casper reached on an error. Hannah Drenik plated Harris with a RBI groundout and Casper scored on a Mercedes Vogel double. Alaura Short plated Vogel with a sacrifice fly for a 8-5 contest. Mitchell buckled down and got the final out.
    In the nightcap, Riverton came through with eight runs on five hits and two Pittsburg errors in the decisive third inning. McMaster delivered a two-run double, Mitchell a two-run single and Madison Hull a two-run double.
    Pittsburg managed arguably its best offensive inning of the night in the fifth with a RBI triple by Casper smacked to the opposite field and Vogel driving in Casper with a RBI single.
    Riverton added three insurance runs in the seventh to secure a 13-3 lead.
    “The girls still feel positive about it,” Packard said. “They’re not letting down, they know that our defense is improved and it would be awesome if everybody could get on the same page at the same time.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We’re just a little off. We’re still getting people on and we can’t get them to score. That was kind of a goal today, if somebody gets on third we need to try and score them. We mixed up the lineup a little bit, which helped. It made Katy more comfortable moving from 2 to 6 and we moved up Hannah Drenik from 8 to 2. They felt good about it and I think that’s where we’re going to be able to keep them.”
    Pittsburg dropped to 3-11 on the season with six games left to go.
    “I can’t believe we’ve played 14 games and there’s still teams sitting at four games,” Packard said. “We’ve got six games left and the thought is that we need to be getting better these six games so when we get into regionals, we’re on a roll and we’re clicking together.”
    Game One
    Riverton 8, Pittsburg 5
    RIV    000 071 0 — 8 8 2
    PHS    000 101 3 — 5 9 2
    Shelby Mitchell and Madison Hull. Mercedes Vogel, Andie Casper (6) and Abby Harris. WP: Mitchell. LP: Casper. 2B: Mitchell; Vogel, Alaura Short. 3B: Casper. SH: Hannah Drenik. SF: Short. SB: Addison Berry; Harris.
    Game Two
    Riverton 13, Pittsburg 3
    RIV    208 000 3 — 13
    PHS    100 020 0 —  3
    Shelby Mitchell and Madison Hull. Andie Casper, Mercedes Vogel and Katy Short. WP: Mitchell. LP: Casper.
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