Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic ended first half action in the Wayne County Women's Softball League with a 6-1 record. Coach Nicki Malloy's squad dealt The Crossroads a 6-1 defeat Sunday evening in Beach Lake.

Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic finished up the first half of its Wayne County Women’s Softball League season with a convincing 7-1 win over The Crossroads.

This game, which was a make-up of the washed-out Week Two contest, was played on Sunday afternoon in Beach Lake.

With the victory, Cherry Ridge closed out its first half with a sparkling 6-1 re-cord. Coach Nicki Malloy’s squad suffered its lone loss at the hands of undefeated Cora’s Bistro (7-0).

The Crossroads, a perennial title contender in this venerable women’s softball circuit, wound up all alone in third place at 5-2.

Early & Often
Cherry Ridge wasted no time in jumping on starter Taryn Naughton, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Carli Curtis and Heidi Blade got things going with back-to-back walks. Malloy then broke the scoring ice with an RBI?single.

Chris Gustin and Kelly Gombita each drove in a run with basehits of their own, giving the home team a quick 3-0 advantage.

As it turned out, this was more than enough support for Cherry Ridge ace Becky Loring. The wily righthan-der would pitch seven innings en route to a complete game decision. Loring allowed just one earned run on four hits. Becky didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

CRVC put the game away thanks to a 4-run outburst in the home sixth.

Ashley Liptak ignited the uprising with a lead-off single. She was quickly joined on the basepaths by Curtis, who worked another walk. Blade then delivered an RBI single to make it 4-0.

Malloy reached on an error, allowing Curtis to score. Gustin followed with an-other RBI?base knock and Lindsay Dirlam plated her team’s final run.

The Crossroads avoided a shutout by scratching out their lone run in the top of the seventh.

Tiff Mulally roped a single and eventually came around thanks to an RBI?off the bat of Amy Keen. Denise Hart chipped in with a double for The Crossroads.

Score by Innings...
CROSS (5-2)  0  0  0  0  0  0  1 - 1
CRVC   (6-1)   3  0  0  0  4  0  x - 7