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Wed. February 27, 2013 | Darek Sharp

NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge has been steamrolling full-strength opponents. So a Fivay team missing more than half its starters Wednesday didn’t stand much of a chance.

Kenzi Maguire and Morgan Tolle blasted two home runs each and River Ridge won 15-0 in a game that took less than an hour. The Royal Knights ended the night, or in this case still early evening, with an eight-run third.

“We’ve definitely been hitting the ball well. And we haven’t given up a run yet,” River Ridge coach Ernie Beck said.

The Knights (5-0) have outscored opponents 56-0. Fivay’s batters got up to the plate only one time each, the lone baserunner wiped out on a double play.

After that sophomore pitcher Makenzie Goluba struck out six of the final seven Falcons she faced.

Fivay could have countered with hard-throwing Jill McElderry, who has 55 strikeouts in 32 innings and whiffed 16 against Hudson her last outing. But with five Fivay players suspended, coach Greg Bollinger chose to hold out McElderry.

“We wanted to face their best,” Beck said.

Instead freshman Cheyenne Gainey threw in her first varsity action. River Ridge collected 15 hits.

“That’s being thrown into the fire, in a hurry,” Bollinger said. “I thought Cheyenne, all the girls we called up from JV played hard.”

He said the suspensions were an “in-house” decision and didn’t elaborate.

Maguire and Tolle hit back-to-back homers for the only scoring in the first inning. A five-run second was highlighted by Maguire’s first career grand slam.

“I wasn’t thinking home run there. When I think home run, that’s when I don’t hit one,” Maguire said.

Freshman Allysa Lyons singled in all three innings, joining Maguire and Tolle in going 3-for-3. Brook Schwaner and Melissa Moore both had RBI triples in the final inning, when Tolle made it 14-0 with a two-run homer.

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