RIVERVIEW — Having spotted Plant a 5-0 lead in the first inning Wednesday, host Riverview rallied to win its home opener in dramatic fashion. The Sharks won 7-6, snapping a tie in their final at-bat.
“Great comeback to put ourselves in that position,” Riverview coach Angela Slater said. “We looked rough starting out.”
Tied at 6, thanks to a four-run fifth, the Sharks put themselves into good position with solid efforts at the plate and in the field. Pitcher Emily Gaitan got a little help from her defense in shutting down Plant for back-to-back 1-2-3 innings.
That set the stage for Meagan Brislin’s heroics. The junior catcher legged out a triple leading off the bottom of the seventh and scored on a high wild pitch by Nikki Misner. Brislin slid home face-first for the winning run.
“They made a little mistake and I took advantage of that,” Brislin said. “I always dive headfirst. I feel like I get there faster.”
Brislin also scored the tying run and hit a run-scoring double in Riverview’s four-run fifth.
Plant took a 5-0 lead in its first at-bat thanks to a three-run home run by Victoria Romaine and Megan Przeslawski’s two-run double.
The Panthers made it 6-0 on Romaine’s RBI single in the second.
But Riverview chipped away, getting a run in the second on Kellsey Myers’ run-scoring single and a blast over the leftfield fence off the bat of Kayleen Boatwright leading off the third.
Boatwright, a University of Tampa signee and standout shortstop, also got Riverview’s fifth inning started by hitting a leadoff triple and scoring on Emily Holman’s sacrifice fly.