Times Sports Editor
The Riverton Parke softball team hasn't reached No. 2 in the Class A softball rankings by accident.
The Panthers have plenty of firepower on offense and have talented sophomore, Hayley Chambers, in the circle to limit opposing hitters. On Monday night, both aspects were in full display as Riverton Parke scored a five-inning, 12-0 shutout of Northview.
Chambers allowed just two hits in the game and struck out six Knights and the Panthers got all the runs they would need in the first inning of the victory.
"(Riverton Parke) was able to score four runs there in the first inning and I don't think we were able to keep our game up," Northview coach Bethany Jones said. "Riverton Parke is a good team and I really respect (coaches) Joe and Penny Cox, but we should have played a lot better tonight."
Riverton Parke opened the game with back-to-back singles by Chambers and Sara Dickey with a walk by Sarah Burnham loading the bases off Northview pitcher, Sarah Phillips. A wild pitch brought Chambers home before Randi Cookus blooped an RBI single into rightfield. Mikayla Grindle followed with a sharp grounder to Phillips, who threw home as Burnham scored. The throw to catcher Jessica LaTourette skipped off her mitt and thte fourth run came home for the Panthers.
Riverton Parke added three more runs in the second inning on a one-out single by Dickey started the rally. Burnham followed with a ringing triple to the fence in right-centerfield to bring in a run. Cookus added an RBI double and a ground out by Grindle pushed the lead to 7-0.
On offense, the Knights got a first inning single by Taylor Carter, but Chambers made that the only hit for Northview until an infield single by LaTourette in the fourth inning.
"We knew that Hayley (Chambers) is starting to get some D-1 looks as a sophomore," Jones said of the Panthers' pitcher. "She can move the ball and change speeds, she's a really good pitcher.
"We just weren't able to hit the corners tonight," Jones said of the Knights' own pitching. "A lot of the shots (the Panthers) were swinging at were right down the middle so we've got to have a better effort in the circle too."
The Knights fall to 10-8 overall and travel to South Vermillion tonight to face the Wildcats at 5 p.m.
2B -- RP (Cook 2). 3B -- RP (Burnham).
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