Riverfield 11, Prairie View 0
Caroline Oliphant's homecoming did not go well for the home team.
Caroline Cater unleashed a three-hit shutout and Natalie Foster went 3-for-3 with four RBI as Riverfield breezed to an 11-0 victory over Prairie View.
Oliphant, the former Prairie View basketball and softball star, spent the past three seasons as an assistant for the Lady Spartans. She was hired by Riverfield this year as head softball coach and assistant basketball coach. Thursday's game marked her first appearance at her alma mater wearing the red & blue of Riverfield, Prairie View's arch rival.
Riverfield (22-3) improved to 6-0 against the Lady Spartans this season. Though the prior five meetings were competitive, this one never was.
Assuming command from the outset, the Lady Raiders struck for a trifecta in the top of the first.
Joanna Franklin, the game's first batter, reached on an error. Prairie View left fielder Amery Clark then made a long, running catch near the foul line on a well-hit ball by Lauchlyn Emfinger for the first out.
Riverfield's next four batters reached safely.
Franklin held at second on Erin Branch's base hit up the middle and Riley Bridges crushed a ground rule double to straightaway center field to drive in the first run of the game.
After Cater was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Natalie Foster's infield single made it 2-0. Emily Rawls followed with an RBI groundout.
Keeping the pressure on, the Lady Raiders upped their lead to 7-0 with a four-spot in the second.
Consecutive RBI singles by Branch and Bridges helped set the stage for Foster's two-run, two-out double to right-center.
Foster singled home another run and Rawls lofted a sacrifice fly to fuel a four-run fourth as the Lady Raiders opened up an insurmountable 11-0 bulge.
Cater, meanwhile, was in complete control, never allowing a runner past second base.
Foster banged a double and two singles to highlight Riverfield's nine-hit attack. Bridges, the Lady Raiders' left fielder, drove in two runs with a double and a single and threw out two Prairie View base runners at second base. Branch went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, Emfinger doubled and Michaela Lewis singled.
Ryder, Kristin Boseman and Hailey Yarbrough singled for the Lady Spartans (9-18, 1-2).
Jeri Harper was dealt the loss in the circle for the Lady Spartans, with Ryder in relief.
Resuming district play on Monday, the Lady Spartans host Glenbrook in a JV-varsity double header, starting at 4 p.m.