WATERFORD, Ohio — After starting the season with eight straight losses, the River Valley baseball team picked up its first two victories of the season after posting wins of 15-4 and 20-0 over host Waterford Saturday in a non-conference doubleheader in Washington County.
The Raiders (2-8) produced a combined 31 hits in the twinbill while limiting the Wildcats to just nine safeties, and the guests also committed half as many errors (4) as Waterford’s tally of eight through two games. RVHS also never trailed in either contest.
After a scoreless first in Game 1, the Raiders sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the second — which resulted in an early 8-0 advantage. Chris Clemente had the highlight of the inning after belting a grand slam, which turned a 3-0 edge into a comfortable 7-0 cushion.
RVHS followed with three more runs in the third for an 11-0 lead, but WHS countered with two runs to pull within nine after three complete. The Raiders tacked on four more scores in the fourth for a 15-2 advantage, but Waterford answered with two scores to cut the deficit down to 15-4 through four full frames.
Neither team scored the rest of the way, giving River Valley its first win of the season. RVHS outhit the hosts by a 14-8 margin and both teams committed four errors in the contest. Austen Davies was the winning pitcher of record, while Kelley took the loss for the hosts.
Dan Goodrich and Zach Crow both led River Valley with three hits apiece, followed by Nick Jeffers and Trey Farley with two safeties each. Clemente, Trey Noble, Joseph Loyd and Scott Ray also added a hit apiece to the winning cause. Clemente had four RBIs for the victors, while Crow scored three runs in the decision.
Timmy Kemper was the big story of Game 2, as the freshman hurler limited the Wildcats to one hit and no runs over five innings. The Raiders also produced 17 hits and sent 10-or-more hitters to the plate in two of the five frames, which allowed the guests to score at least one run in each of their five at-bats.
RVHS led 3-0 after one inning of play, then plated four scores in the second for a 7-0 advantage. The guests followed by sending 10 and 12 batters to the plate over the next two frames, which led to six runs apiece for a comfortable 19-0 cushion through four complete. The Raiders added an insurance run in the fifth to conclude the 20-run decision by mercy rule.
Noble paced the guests with four hits, followed by Farley, Kemper and Cole Bostic with two safeties apiece. Jeffers, Goodrich, Clemente, Crow, Davies, Cody Lee and Tyler Cline also had a hit each for the victors. Noble drove in four RBIs and also scored four times to lead the guests.