CHESHIRE, Ohio — Close, but not close enough.
The River Valley baseball team stayed even with visiting Chesapeake through four innings, but the Panthers plated a run apiece in the fifth and sixth frames to secure a 4-2 decision Wednesday night in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Gallia County.
The host Raiders (4-16, 0-8 OVC) led 1-0 after an inning and were tied at two through three complete, then both teams went through a scoreless inning and a half to leave things notted up at two. The Panthers, however, managed to secure the final outcome in their final two at-bats.
Brandon Noble led the top of the fifth off with a single, then stole second and third to get 90 feet away from home plate with the go-ahead run. Noble eventually stole home successfully, giving CHS a 3-2 advantage through five complete. The Panthers also scored in the sixth in a similar fashion, as Tommy Noble singled and stole three bases — including home — to wrap up the 4-2 outcome.
Chesapeake claimed a small 8-7 edge in the hit column, and neither team committed an error in the contest. Chris Clemente took the loss in two innings of relief, while Brandon Noble picked up the winning decision.
Clemente and Zach Crow both had two hits each for the hosts, while Austin Davies, Trey Noble and Trey Farley added one safety apiece in the setback. Clemente and Davies each drove in a run, while Crow and Nick Jeffers each scroed a run.
Brandon Noble had three hits to pace Chesapeake. Both Nobles, Lester and Eddy scored a run apiece as well.