NEW PORT RICHEY — Heather Muccino stayed hot.
As a result, River Ridge did not.
Coming off consecutive games with three hits, Muccino only had one Tuesday night, but it was a big one — a first-inning triple to score the only run pitcher Cortney Radke needed in the Mustangs' 2-0 victory, which snapped the Royal Knights 14-game winning streak.
Muccino's shot to the right-centerfield gap marked the eighth straight game she has produced at least one extra-base hit. It easily scored Lydia Kinney, who walked to lead off the game. A wild pitch then scored Muccino as the Mustangs (17-3) clinched the Sunshine Athletic Conference championship by beating their rivals.
The rocky start by River Ridge's Lakyn Shull, who lost for the first time this season after starting 13-0, was nearly matched by Radke in the bottom of the first.
But a leadoff hit by Madison Morris was squandered as Radke struck out the side on the way to 15 strikeouts in her first career start against the Royal Knights.
She was able to get them to chase her best pitch, the riseball, in limiting them to four singles, two by Morris.
"That's her main pitch," River Ridge coach Ernie Beck said, "and we liked swinging at it."
Radke improved to 13-2 on the season, and lowered her county-best ERA to 0.21. She stranded runners in scoring position in third and fourth innings, but was never in any trouble. She struck out the side in the seventh.
Shull shook off the first inning and only allowed six hits while striking out eight.