Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Class 5A

Class 5A: River Ridge hangs on

NEW PORT RICHEY — Ernie Beck needed a cleanup crew in a hurry.

Bloomingdale had just scored a run in the top of the sixth. Runners were standing at second and third with just one out to pull within a run of River Ridge.

The Royal Knights coach walked to the pitcher's mound and called in his infield. Sarah Simon, Michelle McKonly and Jessica Tanbury provided a little comic relief to loosen up freshman pitcher Lakyn Shull. The impromptu meeting helped River Ridge to a 2-1 win over Bloomingdale. On Friday the Royal Knights (19-6) will host Newsome, a 10-5 winner over Land O'Lakes.

"They always crack jokes," Shull said. "They always make me smile somehow. …They knew this was a huge game if we wanted to keep going. I couldn't have done it by myself."

Some wondered why Shull had been called in to begin the sixth inning after starter Samantha Stahl limited the Bulls to two hits, no walks and four strikeouts through five innings. Beck simply didn't want to allow the top of Bloomingdale's lineup to see Stahl a fourth time.

Shull walked Bulls sophomore Alexa Lopez then gave up a single to senior Katelyn Molkenthin. After striking out Hannah Hensley, Bulls pitcher Kelly Kristen knocked a double to leftfield to score Lopez and climb within a run. Kristen finished with four strikeouts, no walks and allowed six hits for the Bulls (18-9).

Shull settled down to strike out the final two batters to finish with four strikeouts.

River Ridge2

Class 5A: River Ridge hangs on 04/22/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 10:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. For starters: Ramus to DL, Peterson back, no further moves


    We were expecting a flurry of roster moves this afternoon and we got one. OF Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.

    Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.
  2. Jameis Winston stats: How the Bucs QB performed under pressure


    Every quarterback's performance declines when he faces pressure from the defense.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston faced pressure on more than 30 percent of his pass plays last season. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Could Lightning deal for a defenseman today?


    Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has been trying to further bolster his blueline, and he may have a chance to acquire one by tonight's first round of the NHL Draft.

    The Lightning is reportedly in on Travis Hamonic (Islanders), though New York is rumored to be asking for two-first round picks.
  4. SI ranks Quinton Flowers on top 100, above Deondre Francois


    Sports Illustrated's ongoing countdown of the top 100 players in college football includes some high praise for USF quarterback Quinton Flowers.

  5. Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft


    Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox finishes a layup during the McDonald's All-American game in March at the United Center in Chicago. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]