Owners of a 7-1 lead after the first inning, the Heber Springs Lady Panthers slammed the door on a Riverview rally after scoring six runs in the final session of play to secure the 4A-2 Conference road victory.
The guests opened with seven straight runs to kick off the contest courtesy of their junior class, as junior Abbi McBroome brought home Emili Bish before Keeley Cresswell plated two runs after threading the needle on double to centerfield, while Maddison Copeland looped a single for two RBIs in Emily Petersen and Kylie Bangert.
Scoring in the first and third frames, the Lady Raiders delivered four more runs in the fourth to cut their deficit to one at 7-6, leading to the Lady Panthers clipping on another run from Copeland, who reached after being hit by a wild pitch. Riverview struck right back to keep it close at 8-7 with the final inning approaching.
Heber got the bats rolling, providing six runs on four hits, highlighted by Petersen’s bunt single that set the table and led to yet another base knock for Copeland and an RBI groundout from senior catcher Lana Milton. Sophomore pitcher Nicole Rackley finished the scoring run off by retiring the last three batters she faced while in the circle.
With the victory, the Lady Panthers improve to 2-9, with Rackley finishing with five strikeouts, three hits, and five walks. Copeland led the offense with a two for four performance, also scoring three runs in the process. The squad was back in action Tuesday against rival Southside, slated to host Rose Bud tomorrow before taking on Pottsville in the Heber Springs Tournament Saturday.