Ridgeview (10-3, 7-2) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 5-4 district win over Union and keep a share of the Mountain 7 lead.
“That was a heck of a softball game. Either way that game would have ended, that was a heck of a softball game right there,” said Ridgeview coach Kent Grant. “That’s pretty much what this conference is. You’ve got to be ready to play seven innings.”
The Wolfpack led 2-0 after five innings, but Union battled back. The Lady Bears (12-3, 5-3) cut the lead to one run when Marleigh Duncan scored on a fielder’s choice on a ground ball from Zoe Brooks.
Union, which had 12 hits in the game, had four hits to score three runs in the top of the seventh.
A one-out, two-RBI single from Duncan scored Emili Brooks and Brooke Light and gave Union its first lead of the game.
Union went ahead 4-2 when Duncan scored on a single from Jenna Wade.
Ridgeview loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh when Hunter Grant reached base on a fielder’s choice, Bailey Frazier reached on a fielding error and L.J. Swiney reached on a fielder’s choice.
Grant then scored from third on a walk to Carissa Mullins.
Ridgeview’s Peyton Mullins then sent a screaming shot in the infield that was misplayed, allowing Frazier to score the tying run. A Union throwing error on the same play allowed Swiney to score from third and give Ridgeview the win in a thriller.
“Every single night it’s like this. It’s fun but it’s a little stressful,” said Grant.
The loss was a disappointment with the double error for Union coach Mike Rhodes.
“Too many mental mistakes. When you’re playing a team like Ridgeview, you can’t make mistakes like that,” said Rhodes. “I was proud of our girls. They fought hard and never gave up. Just a couple of mistakes.”
The Lady Bears are still in the hunt for the Mountain 7 title, just a game behind Ridgeview and John Battle in the loss column.
For Union, the challenge does not get any easier. The Lady Bears play Battle Thursday in another key district contest.