HALL OF FAME
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
The Red Devils defeated Huntington North 12-7
May 12, 2012Huntington North High School
Richmond High School’s softball team put itself in a position it has never been before with Friday night’s victory.
The Red Devils defeated Huntington North 12-7 to improve to 5-0 in the North Central Conference for the first time in team history.
The team (15-5, 5-0) has never won an NCC conference title and has two games left — at New Castle on Tuesday and at Marion on Thursday.
After the game, however, the Red Devils were in the same position they are after every game — walking toward home plate to shake the hands of their opponents.
“We won today, we put our gloves down, we shook hands,” assistant coach Dave Marker said. “We didn’t go out like it was the end of the world celebrating. They (Richmond’s players) still know they’ve got work ahead of them, but we have put ourselves in a fantastic position to win the conference.”
Richmond put itself in a fantastic position to win the game from the first inning.
Six players reached base with only two hits, but also by taking advantage of two Viking miscues.
Huntington starter Brianna McClellan was chased after facing just five batters and the Red Devils held a 5-0 lead after the opening frame.
Richmond added two more runs with just one hit and two more errors in the second inning, and had its second five-run inning in the fourth — this time with six hits but again taking advantage of two errors.
“Their defense just didn’t come up with some plays that we pride ourselves in making,” Marker said. “They put a little inning together, put a little pressure on us, but we didn’t buckle. We bend, but we don’t break. We got the outs we had to get, got the 21 outs that we had to get to hold on to a win against a very, very good team.”
The five-run fourth was highlighted by back-to-back home runs from Bre Wilson and Aisha Bowen, who was one of three seniors honored prior to the game for Senior Day.
“The pitch was, like we say, biscuits and gravy — right down the middle, right at your belly button, something that you can take for a ride — for both of us,” Bowen said. “I think it’s usually either her and me, or me and her in the batting lineup, so when she hit, I knew, ‘All right, it’s my turn, I’ve got to keep it going for her and keep the momentum for our team,’ so that’s how we both got back-to-back home runs, because we knew that we had to keep it up for our team.”
The Vikings (15-6, 5-1) put together a four-run inning of their own in the fifth after the Red Devils had taken a 12-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth, but Courtney Morgan did not allow a base runner to reach in the final two frames.
Bowen, Wilson and Brooklyn Taylor each finished the night with two hits, while Taylor and Wilson both had two RBIs.
MacKenzie Taylor and Emily Gaddis scored three runs each, while Wilson scored twice.
Bowen, Katelyn Brewer and Ashley Luker were honored before the game.
“Senior Day was a blessing, just to know that I have family, friends and supporters from my school and my teammates that are there backing me up and that love me, and that are there for me on and off the field,” Bowen said. “This is my last time on this field and I was touching the dirt the whole game, because this is a piece of me that I’m going to be missing out on when I go to college.”
Richmond plays today at the Greenfield-Central tournament and has a chance to clinch its first NCC title next week.
“New Castle is a decent team. You can’t ever tell what you’re going to get with them, because they gave Huntington North a close game and they almost got beat by Winchester,” Marker said. “You don’t know what you’re going to get with those guys, so we’re not going to take it for granted, and these girls won’t. They know the first game means everything. ... I know they’re going to bring the ‘A’ game, because that’s what these girls bring.”