Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic has sealed the deal on the Wayne County Women’s Softball League regular season title with yet another convincing win.
CRVC traveled to Western Wayne for a showdown with The Crossroads Monday night and simply dominated the contest from start to finish.
Becky Loring went to the circle and pitched her way to a shutout, allowing just six hits as Cherry Ridge rolled to a 7-0 decision.
With this victory, CRVC ran its unbeaten streak to 12 games. The local lasses also clinched the regular season championship and top seed in the playoffs. Weather permitting, the 2012 tournament will be held August 10-12 at Hawley’s Bingham Park.
Both teams have one game left on their regular season slate. Cherry Ridge will host Busy Beaver Tree Service next Monday night, while The Crossroads takes on Ravenhaus.
CRVC is just one win away from a perfect season after whitewashing The Crossroads in Varden.
Loring enjoyed a stellar all-round day for the winners. Becky worked seven innings on the mound and didn’t allow a single Crossroads baserunner as far as third base. She also contributed big blows with the bat, banging out three hits in four plate appearances and scoring a pair of runs.
Renee Jourdanais feasted on Crossroads pitching as well. CRVC’s leftfielder went 3-for-4 and collected two RBIs.
Cherry Ridge tallied two runs in the first and never looked back, thanks to consecutive RBI singles by Loring and Jourdanais.
Defensively, Lori Curtis turned in a Gold Glove performance in support of her ace. The veteran outfielder made a pair of sensational plays, each of which saved at least a run.
In the bottom of the second, Amy Jones lifted a fly ball to right. Curtis snared the ball and came up firing as Jody Leach tried to tag and take third. Loris’s throw was right on the money, though, and the inning ended with a bang-bang doubleplay.
Two innings later, Jones came to the plate again with a chance to do some damage.
This time, she hit a sinking line drive over second base. However, Curtis had her played perfectly and jetted in to make a sizzling shoe-string catch.
In the top of the sixth, Lindsey Dirlam decided to get in on the Gold Glove act.
Leach led off the frame and ripped a bullet back through the box. Loring managed to get a piece of the ball, but it trickled away and to her left. Dirlam pounced on the horsehide, barehanding it and firing to first. Her laser beam throw nipped Leach by a half-step.
Lindsey also chipped in offensively, slapping a pair of key hits including an RBI?single in the fifth.
Page 2 of 2 - Andi Beck, Carley Gustin and Nicki Malloy rounded out the CRVC attack
The Crossroads was led by Dana Ciccotti, who went 2-for-3 and Leach, who ripped a double.
Score by Innings...
CRVC (12-0) 2 0 1 0 2 2 0 - 7
CRSS (9-3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0