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6A softball: Riverview shuts down Countryside

RIVERVIEW — Starting pitcher Taylor McCoy shut down the Countryside bats for all seven innings, leading Riverview to a 2-0 victory in the Class 6A region semifinals on Friday.

McCoy recorded no strikeouts but yielded only three hits, relying on her defense's strong play.

"I was focused and worked on one batter at a time," McCoy said. "I felt that I had the game under control. I knew I had my defense behind me to get me out of any jams."

The Riverview defense committed only one error, despite making every out in the field.

"We have to earn our outs because we are not going to get many strikeouts," Riverview coach Angela Slater said. "We have to have faith in each other and hope the other team will get themselves out."

Junior centerfielder Briana Bell was especially busy, corralling every ball hit her way to record eight outs. Her best play came in the form of a diving catch to rob a hit from Countryside's Paige Oxendine in the third inning.

"It's just pretty natural for me; speed runs in my family," Bell said. "When I'm in the field I'm in the zone, everything comes together and I just react to the ball."

Riverview (18-10) scored its first run in the bottom of the fourth. Kayleen Boatwright led off the inning with a double and was advanced to third by Desiree Roberts. Bell drove in the runner on a fielder's choice.

McCoy drove in Bell with an RBI single in the sixth to provide an insurance run.

"You take it any way you can get it," said Slater.

Alyssa Bache earned the loss but pitched well for Countryside (21-7), striking out five over six innings.

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6A softball: Riverview shuts down Countryside 05/01/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 1, 2009 11:28pm]
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