ELM GROVE - It's been said time and time again that it's hard to beat a team three times in one season.
Fort Frye remained unbeaten in 17 starts as it blanked River 6-0 Tuesday afternoon in an OVAC Class 3A semifinal on Ben's Field at the J.B. Chambers I-470 Complex.
The victory was the third for the Cadets over the Pilots (13-8).
RIVER’S RACHEL Hutchison takes a strike during Tuesday’s OVAC?Class 3A?semifinal against Fort Frye. The Pilots fell, 6-0.
"They're a really good team. We played with them for awhile, but you've got to puts runs on the board," River head coach Dave Wright noted.
"If you don't score runs, you don't win."
Fort Frye scored five of its half-a-dozen runs on two swings of the bat. Lexie Huck unloaded a 2-shot to dead center with one out in the first inning, and Abby Baker sealed the deal with a towering 3-run shot to left in the sixth.
"After losing in the championship finals the last two seasons, these girls are a little hungry," Fort Frye head coach Barb Sleek said. "Hopefully, we can get one Saturday."
With the win, top-seeded Fort Frye will meet No. 2 Bellaire, which squeaked out an 8-inning, 6-5, nod over Shenandoah, earlier Tuesday.
River had runners on base in every inning except the fifth and sixth, but couldn't move them around the basepaths. The best shot came in the first when Monica Curtis doubled over the left fielder's head with one out. She moved to third on a wild pitch, but an infield popup and strikeout swinging ended that threat.
"If we could've gotten that run in, it might've been a different game," Wright added. "You just never know."
The Pilots had runners on first and second with one out in their second at-bat, but a line drive on a hit-and-run turned into an inning-ending double play. In the seventh, Haylee Bowers reached third on an error leading off, but she would be stranded.
"We just couldn't get that clutch hit when we needed it," Wright lamented.
Senior Gabby Goudy was splendid inside the circle, with the exception of a couple of pitches. She struck out 10 and walked just one before giving way to Curtis in the sixth because of a blister.
"Gabby pitched pretty well today before the blister started bothering her," Wright said. "I give her a lot of credit for even trying to pitch with it."
Victoria Mimken struck out seven and allowed just three hits in tossing the shutout. Huck added a double to her home run, while Hali Lemasters singled twice and drove in the other run.
River 000 000 0 - 0 3 0
Fort Frye 201 003 x - 6 7 2
Batteries: Goudy, Curtis (6) and Marshall. Mimken and Smith.
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