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The Richard offense was hot on Monday night and the defense helped secure a victory over Summit Academy. Jackie Reitymeyer (pitching), Megan Trueblood (first base) and Natalie Loewengruber (third base) were a part of the Pioneers' 11-1 victory.

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SOFTBALL: Richard clobbers Summit in mercy victory(PHOTO AND VIDEO)

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The Riverview Gabriel Richard softball team crushed Summit Academy Monday afternoon, beating the young squad 11-1 in five innings at home.

The contest was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, but was moved to Monday, as bad weather forced several area cancellations last week.

The Pioneers (4-2, 3-1) took advantage of eight walks allowed by the Dragons (0-1, 0-1).

Summit, which has eight underclassmen on its roster, committed several fielding miscues, many of which were in the outfield.

Summit Coach Dannie Rose said inexperience was detrimental to his squad, but he is confident the team will improve this season.

“They’re young, (they’re) very young and our outfield’s inexperienced. That showed,” Rose said. “It’s going to be tough to start, but I’ll think we’ll get there.”

Richard grabbed an early 2-0 lead with an RBI from both Natalie Loewengruber and Dani Lozon in the bottom of the first inning. For Summit, a walk, two wild pitches and two fielding errors helped to prolong the inning.

The Pioneers added three more runs in the second, as Loewengruber, Marina Gross and Amy Truskowski all crossed the plate.

Summit scored its lone run in the top of the third inning when Richard pitcher Jackie Reitmeyer got into a bit of a jam after giving up four walks. With the bases loaded she allowed a free pass to Amanda Demmy, which scored Omni Sullivan.

In the bottom half of the inning, Richard put the game away with six runs, sending 11 batters to the plate. However, the Pioneers outburst was aided by only two hits, as Summit pitchers Alyssa Anthony and Baylee Sackrider gave up a combined six walks. The two Richard hits in the inning belonged to Morgan Casanova and Alexis Paige.

Loewengruber pitched the fourth and fifth innings for the Pioneers and struck out five of the six batters she faced.

With an 11-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the mercy rule was invoked and Richard walked off with the victory.

With two important league doubleheaders coming up this week-Tuesday against Cabrini and Thursday against Divine Child, Casanova said she feels the Pioneers can build off of their strong performance Monday.

“I think this just gave us a lot of momentum, especially for tomorrow, it’s going to be a big game,” she said. “I think if we keep hitting like we do, and play as a team, we have a good chance tomorrow.”

Richard Coach Bob Wilkerson said the game against Summit should serve as a tune up for what could be the toughest stretch of the regular season for his team.

“Cabrini and then Divine Child, those are the two best teams we’re going to see the rest of the season, so this is a big week for us,” he said.

Last Updated: 4/16/2013 2:18:51 PM EST