Friday, May 28, 1999

Ryle beats Boone in district softball final

Enquirer contributor

        FLORENCE — There's a tradition among Ryle fast-pitch softball players: Win a trophy, leave teeth marks on it.

        The Lady Raiders snacked on wood and Boone County in Thursday's 33rd District championship game. Senior pitcher Shanna Alig and seventh-grade right fielder Emma Boaz each hit two doubles in a 12-4 win at Collins Elementary School.

        Ryle won its fourth district title in the five years fast-pitch softball has existed. Both teams advance to next week's Ninth Region tournament at RiverShore Sports Complex in Hebron.

        “It just feels good, I guess,” Boaz said.

        There was no way Alig was going to miss Thursday's game, even though she sprained her right ankle in Wednesday's 15-3 semifinal win over Conner — she's been a part of all five Ryle teams.

        “I think the hardest part is, I'm leaving this,” Alig said. “I've been around since it began. It's a good memory.”

        Boone County would rather forget Thursday. Ryle (16-7) got 12 hits off freshman pitcher Heather Lawrence, the Boone County defense committed five errors and two Lady Rebels were thrown out at the plate.

        Boone County coach Patti Oliverio talked about the multitude of mental mistakes.

        “We didn't run the bases; we missed signs; we didn't make routine plays; we pitched behind (in the count) all day,” she said. “I can't think of an area we played well.”

        But Ryle's win was hardly easy, even though Alig and Boaz each doubled to help the Lady Raiders to a 5-1 lead after four innings.

        In the fifth, Boone County (21-13) closed to 5-4 on two of Ryle's four errors and seventh-grade center fielder Becky Bishop's two-run single.

        “They realized the game wasn't theirs,” Ryle coach Lisa Brockhoeft said.

        The Lady Raiders, who scored in every inning but the first, put the game away in the fifth when 10 batters went to the plate and six scored.Boaz's second double drove home two runs, and junior second baseman Amber Brady's single scored another.

        Eighth-grader Chrissi Egan replaced Lawrence in the sixth, but Ryle sophomore catcher Holly Matteoli scored on two fielder's choices and junior second baseman Amber Brady's infield single.

        Boone County ....... 000  130  0— 4   5  5

        Ryle ....... 022  161  x—12  13  4

        WP-Alig. LP-Lawrence. Hitting leaders: BC-Janneck 2-3; Read 2-3; Bishop 1-3, 2 RBI. R-Boaz 2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Alig 2-3, 2 2B, RBI; Byrne 2-4. Records: BC 21-13, R 16-7.

        All-tournament team: Conner-Kristin Koors, Afton Price; St. Henry-Stephanie Cameron, Tammy King; Boone County-Machelle Van Cleve, Brenna Read, Becky Bishop; Ryle-Jordan Byrne, Traci Goetz, Ashlee Lipscomb.

        Most valuable player: Shanna Alig, Ryle.


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