With its fifth win of the season, Ravenhaus climbed into a third place tie in the Wayne County Women's Softball League standings. The Varden-based squad hung a 4-2 loss on The Crossroads.
Ravenhaus spotted The Crossroads two early runs Monday evening, but rallied to post an electrifying win in Wayne County Women’s Softball League action.
With this victory, the Varden-based squad improved its regular season record to 5-3 and moved into a third place tie.
Ravenhaus and The Crossroads are both chasing unbeaten Cora’s Bistro (8-0) and Cherry Ridge (7-1).
Next on the agenda for Ravenhaus is a rare Wednesday night encounter with Elegante. That contest is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start in Bingham Park.
One Big Inning
The Crossroads leapt out to an early lead Monday at Western Wayne, one run in the first and one in the third off Ashley Ciabocchi.
Ravenhaus’ starting pitcher settled down after that. Ciabocchi limited a high-octane offense to just four hits across seven innings. She issued only one walk and fanned four.
Trailing 2-0, the home team erupted for all four of its runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Ciabocchi got things going with a lead-off walk. She was quickly joined on the basepaths by Jaime Schmalzle who walked.
Shanna Solomon then delivered a clutch hit, driving in both runners with a basehit. Allison Glossenger and Crystal Illigasch followed with back-to-back RBIs.
Glossenger enjoyed a banner day at the dish, going 3-for-3. She also teamed up with her sister on one of the game’s top defensive plays.
Crossroads clean-up batter Amy Keen roped a third inning double and moved up to third on a fielder’s choice.
Keen then tried to score on a grounder to short, but Glossenger pounced. She fielded the ball cleanly and fired a strike to catcher Barb Parzych who applied the tag.
The Ravenhaus outfield also put on a defensive clinic in this one.
Jess Evans made a dazzling shoestring catch in short center to close out the sixth inning. Kate Kamosky recorded three memorable putouts while patrolling the leftfield grass.
Offensively, Glossenger led the way with three hits and Solomon added two.
Tiffany Mulally and Keen paced The Crossroads attack with a pair of base knocks each.
Taryn Naughton drew the starting assignment for the visitors and eventually absorbed a hard-luck loss. She worked six innings and surrendered eight basehits.
Score by Innings...
CROSS (5-3) 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 2
RAVEN (5-3) 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 - 4