7th inning barrage guides Flat Rock softball past Riverview with Photo Gallery – The News Herald

On Monday afternoon, the Riverview softball program welcomed Huron League’s Flat Rock competition into the second of two regular encounters of the current season on Diamonds.

Flat Rock in Riverview Softball Gallery

Flat Rock was looking to recover from a one-game loss to Milan five days earlier, which was the team’s first league defeat. Host Pirates wanted to stay on track after winning two of his previous three matches.

Monday’s competition was tied after six games of play. From that point on, the visiting Rams exploded for 10 runs at the top of the seventh and went on to win 15-5.

“This team can fight back,” said Flat Rock’s first-year coach Hayley Simpson. “We had to work on some really high-quality bats. We’d been working all day and seemed to put it together at the right time.”

“We have to get the job done and every player can go ahead and do their job.”

Early on, it looked like the match was going to be a penalty shootout. The Rams (11-7, 7-1 Huron League) and Riverview (6-11, 1-7 Huron League) combined for seven runs in the first half, with the Bucs leading 4-3 in the second. However, the two teams only met for three runs over the next five rounds.

The first time the Rams and Riverview met this spring, on April 22, Flat Rock took a 7-1 victory behind a skilful performance from Kayla Giroud. The big rolled an entire game that day and only one run was allowed six hits and hit 13 hitters.

On Monday, the Bucs quickly made it to Giroux for four of the first rounds.

The difference is simply that her team is more familiar with the Giro, said Andrea Ward, the first-year Riverview coach.

“I think we just came out on top and knew what to expect with (the Giro),” Ward said. “I think our hitters keep getting better and better in every game.

“(Flat Rock) gained momentum and we lost it. There were a lot of times when they ran out and we didn’t. Our bats were also very hot. Unfortunately today was not our day.”

Giroux, a member of the Wayne State volleyball team, eventually settled and allowed only two primary runners to go through the next four innings. Offensively, top athletes once had a beast for rams. She’s gone 3-for-4 with twice on the turf and finished with three RBIs, scored three runs and three steals bases.

In the fourth inning, Giroux made the equalizer track, picking, stealing second and third, and then scoring on the field. Two strokes later, Madeline Cerrone provided an RBI single in which Sophia Somerset recorded and gave the Rams a 5-4 advantage.

Fast forward to the main half of the sixth inning and Riverview was in a prime position to do some damage.

The Boss soon tied the match, with Maddie Winicki running with a double and singled out by Ella Vinco. I left Riverview with the runners in the corners and no one came out.

Hana Markovic went down the court and put the ball into play. Rams shortstop Addi Kopp managed to pick it up and threw the house to get Caden McGrath at the plate.

Giroux continued to crush any hopes the Bucs had of adding more kicks, cheering on the next hitters and keeping the game tied.

After escaping the sixth jam, Flat Rock sent 14 rackets to the plate in the seventh inning and scored 10 times in seven strokes. In the scoring fight, Cobb and McKenna Williams had two-legged duos at the clearing base while Giroud and Cerrone blasted Homer from two rounds.

On that day, eight of the nine Rams players hit at least one hit, part of a total of 14 attacks. In addition to three days of RBI from Giroux, Cerroni, Copp and Williams, the Rams also earned one RBI from Matajia Cerroni.

Giroux went in all seven innings in the circuit. She allowed seven hits, three walks, and hit five in an effort to win.

For Riverview, Wieneke and Vinco had two days each. Both were combined to lead in all five of the Bucs’s. Emily Greenstern, Emily Robinson and Markovic made the best results for the hosts.

Olivia Salinas started on the circuit for Riverview and went in the first 6.1 round. She was charged with 12 of the 15 allowed rounds before making way for Megan Rogers to close things off.

Overall, Simpson was happy to see her Flat Rock team respond, after their first league loss just a few days ago.

“Sometimes you just have to go back to basics,” she said. “You have to approach this league one game at a time. We know it will be difficult so we have to keep doing our jobs every time.”

Monday started a busy week for Flat Rock. The Rams will host league rival Gros Ile on Wednesday night and then visit Eda in a two-header match on Thursday. On Friday, Flat Rock at Monroe will welcome Saint Mary’s Catholic Central.

Riverview will also continue to play the league on Wednesday when it visits the New Boston Huron and over the weekend, the Bucs will compete in the annual Michigan Challenge Softball Tournament in Canton.

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