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In a battle of Downriver League and Huron League heavyweights, Riverview took both games from Allen Park in different ways. The Bucs won the second game 5-4 in extra innings after coming back from a three-run deficit in the seventh. Allen Park took a 2-0 lead through the fourth and held Riverview scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when the Bucs cut the deficit in half. The Jags got right back to things in their next at bat and a quick single and two doubles gave them a 4-1 lead. But Riverview wasn’t having it. Two singles were helped out by a bobble of the ball from Allen Park and suddenly it was a 4-3 game. Riverview got bases loaded with one out when the batter was hit by the ball and the game was tied with a walked batter. The second out came on a ball popped up to third base and then Miranda Freely came to the plate. She smacked one through a hole in the Jaguar defense and the game was in the books. The first game was a 7-5 win for Riverview and Allen Park’s first loss of the season. Riverview took a 2-0 lead with a homerun in the top of the first before Allen Park’s Hailey Genaw hit a three-run homerun of her own in the bottom of the first. But the Riverview bats got back to work and they cruised to the victory. Riverview Coach Scott Steward knew it could be a tough day. “I just knew that it was gonna be two really good teams playing against each other,” he said. “I knew it would be a quality test and that was basically what we thought coming in.” Steward was never worried when his Bucs got down in the second game. “We know we’re a good offensive team, so we just talked about getting quality at bats and staying on our approach and getting good swings,” he said. “I knew we could score runs if we did that and we were able to get a couple good swings and some good players and put some runs on the board to tie it up.” Steward was especially pleased with Freely. “I’m happy with Miranda,” he said. “She came up big in a big spot and that was big for her. “I was real happy for her.” Allen Park Coach Patsy Curnell was disappointed with the loss, but gave credit to Riverview. “We didn’t play tight enough defense and we weren’t running the bases as well as we should,” she said. “But they’re a very nice swinging team and I was pleased with the effort in the second game. “They (Riverview) swung the bat very well. We still hung in, but we’ve gotta get a little stronger on defense and a little more aggressive.” The wins moved Riverview to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the Huron League. They’ll be back in action Monday afternoon with a doubleheader against Airport. “Our league is gonna be very difficult,” Steward said. “We know to be at the top of our league, we’re gonna have to be at our best. “We’re just gonna keep continuing to get better every day and try to get through the month for the post season.” The Jags are back in action Friday afternoon when they host Trenton.
Bucs take two from Jags in battle of DRL and HL heavyweights PHOTO GALLERY
Softball - 5/1/2014 4:00 p.m.
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