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Girls Junior Varsity Softball, Girls Varsity Softball · Rangers sneak past Beavers in nine innings


It took nine innings but North snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-5 nine inning win at Riverside on Monday.

Val Arnold singled to open the ninth and she scored on Kiara Jeffrey’s sacrifice fly.

“It was very important to get a win after playing South and Mentor,” said Arnold, who finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run batted in. “We needed a confidence boost heading into a long week of games, so to get a win against Riverside, one of the better teams in the conference, it was a nice start to a long week and puts us on the right track for the long week.”

Riverside jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Sara Kovalchuk hit a one out double and Allie Goldy drew a walk. Larissa Fogle then doubled home both runs.

The Beavers added two more in the fifth when Faith Fogle hit a leadoff double and scored on Goldy’s single. Goldy scored on Cameron Malkamaki’s two out single.

North rallied for five runs in the sixth.

Sam Szoradi and Ely Miller hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third with no outs. Kristen Peace singled to score Szoradi but Miller was caught trying to advance to third. Alyssa Moses singled and Alyssa Robinson walked to load the bases.

Mikaela Fording cleared the bases with a double and Arnold’s double scored Fording to give the Rangers a 5-4 lead.

Larissa Fogle hit a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh and scored on an error to force extra innings.

Neither team threatened in the eighth but Arnold singled to open the ninth. She moved to second on an error and to third on Lexie Genter’s sacrifice bunt. Jeffrey then flew out to right to give the Rangers the lead for good.

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