MARION - As one of the most improved teams in the Tri-Rivers Conference, the Springville softball team has already posted numerous impressive victories this summer.
Friday, June 7, the Orioles were able to add a big one to the list, really big, after a spectacular performance at class 4A 10th-ranked Marion.
“Friday night was a huge win for the girls,” said Springville softball coach Laura Riley, as her team fought their way to a 4-0 victory over the Indians.
“After the Lisbon losses we talked about effort and high energy with intensity to match. Apparently, they listened.”
Springville (11-6, 6-4) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth when Mallory Steiner doubled home Kali Spicer and Morgan Nachazel.
Little did they know it at the time, but it would be all the runs the team would need.
“Libby Moore’s performance in the circle was stellar,” Riley said. “The defense was solid too. Every inch of it. The outfield made some deep catches and the girls earned this big program win.”
Leading 2-0 into the seventh, the Oriole tacked on some insurance when Kelcie Clothier and Molly Stamp each crossed the plate.
Moore worked the game’s first 6.1 innings allowing Marion just six hits while striking out three before Spicer came in to toss the final two-thirds of an inning fanning both batters she faced.
Springville used the momentum from the triumph into their Oriole Invitational Saturday, June 8, winning both of their games to take the tournament championship.
“This was the first time in a few years we came away with two wins at our tournament,” Riley said. “Our pitching has not looked this solid in quite some time and if our defense can develop some consistency, we are looking at some exciting times come July.”
Springville used a mammoth three-run fourth inning home run from Savannah Nealman to key a 6-4 victory over the North Cedar in the opener.
The Orioles actually plated five runs in the fourth frame then added another in the sixth.
The Knights worked their way back into the game with a four-run fifth frame.
Moore fanned eight North Cedar batters in her 4.2 innings of work before Nealman finished up throwing the final third of an inning in the five-inning contest.
Springville completed the round-robin tournament with a 5-2 triumph over HLV.
Leading 1-0 in the third, Spicer drilled a two-run homer that stretched the Oriole lead to 3-0 before Moore and Spicer each scored in the fifth for insurance.
Steiner threw all seven frames in the circle tossing a four-hitter.
The week opened with Springville splitting a doubleheader at East Buchanan, dropping the first game 3-2 in 10 innings before rallying to win the nightcap 10-4.
The Orioles led 2-0 in the opener before the Buccaneers plated two runs in the fifth to knot the score and force extra frames.
Grace Matus led a powerful 13-hit Springville offense with three hits.
The finale saw fewer hits but more runs as a six-run Oriole fourth frame blew open a scoreless contest.
Springville tallied six hits while Spicer tossed a six-hitter in the circle.
The Orioles hosted second-ranked Lisbon Thursday, June 6, and after hanging with the Lions in the opener dropping a hard-fought 5-1 final, were handed a 9-0 loss in the nightcap.
Lisbon pitching held a potent Springville offense to seven total hits in the doubleheader.