NEW PORT RICHEY — Even though River Ridge's lineup was riddled with players showing flu-like symptoms and seemed a bit hung over from Tuesday's 1-0 loss to East Lake, the Royal Knights were able to put away Springstead 7-4 Wednesday.
"We executed pretty well and we did what we didn't do last night — we got some people on base and we got them in," Knights coach Ernie Beck said.
The Knights were able to get up on the Eagles 4-0 in the first inning after the top half of the lineup generated some offense. Morgan Toll and Marissa Smeltz led off with singles, creating one run, Ana Alberti and Amber Jones doubled, driving in two more and Jada Clemons drove in another with a sacrifice into rightfield.
Alberti was River Ridge's starting pitcher, but took herself out of the game in the top of the sixth inning when she told Beck she was too sick to continue. Alberti allowed two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
"Ana is sick, my catcher is sick, my third baseman is sick, I have another that has been gone all week," Beck said. "I told them that we aren't practicing (today). I told them to get home and get well."
Lakyn Shull came on in relief and wound up allowing two runs on two hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
The Eagles scored in the second and third innings, and attempted a rally in the sixth with two more runs.
"It was almost like an aftermath from last night," Beck said. "The first inning they were all charged up and they go, 'Okay, we got four runs, we're okay' and it was almost like we let them back in the game."