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Lady Pointers follow instructions to nip Redwomen

SOUTH POINT - The South Point Lady Pointers don't leave anything to chance. They have instructions to follow.

South Point did things by the book Monday as they scored the winning run in the seventh inning and beat the Rock Hill Redwomen 6-5 in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

"We struggled and made some mistakes, but we manufactured a run in the seventh inning. We couldn't have scripted it better," Lady Pointers coach Steve Baise said. "Summer Malone and Ashley Patrick both just drove the ball."

After Patrick singled home the tying run in the sixth, South Point won the game in the bottom of the seventh.

Whitney Woody singled to start the rally, Jessi Craft put down a sacrifice bunt and Allison Queen crushed a hit off the fence in left to score Woody.

Patrick got the win as she struck out seven and walked five. Mandi Estep took the loss.

"I was proud of our girls. They played hard," Rock Hill coach Mary Harper said.

South Point is 2-1 and 1-0 in the OVC. Rock Hill, 1-1 and 0-1, plays at Coal Grove Wednesday.

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Mandi Estep and Melissa McFann. Ashley Patrick, Maria Viglianco (5), Ashley Patrick

(7) . W-Patrick (7-K, 5-W, 2-HBP). L-Estep (4-K, 1-W, 1-HBP). Viglianco (3-K, 3-W). 2B-Rock Hill: Bobbi Harper. 3B-South Point: Summer Malone 2. Hitting-Rock Hill: Bobbi Harper 2-2, Katrina Settles 1-2, Melissa McFann 1-4.

Rock Hill 2,

Greenup Co. 1

PEDRO - The Rock Hill Redwomen opened the season with a 2-1 win over the Greenup Co. (Ky.) Lady Musketeers Thursday.

Rock Hill took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Shelli Harper walked, stole second and third, and came home on a triple by Bobbi Harper.

After Greenup tied the game in the fifth, Rock Hill got the winning run in the sixth inning.

Mandi Estep singled, moved to second base when Bobbi Harper put down a sacrifice bunt, took third when Katrina Settles singled and scored on a passed ball.

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Sarah Justice and Lattimer. Bobbi Harper and Melissa McFann. W-Harper (8-K, 0-W). L-Justice (4-K, 2-W). 3B-Rock Hill: Bobbi Harper. Hitting-Greenup: Brapley 1-3, Evans 1-3, Justice 1-3; Rock Hill: Mandi Estep 1-3, Bobbi Harper 1-2, Katrina Settles 1-3, Brooke Long 1-2, Sarah Stamper 1-2.

Fairland 11,

River Valley 1

CHESHIRE - The Fairland Lady Dragons opened Ohio Valley Conference softball play with an 11-1 route of the River Valley Lady Raiders Monday.

Megan Auxier pitched a 4-hitter and struck out 12 batters to get the win.

Beth Schlegel went 2-for-2 to lead a 7-hit attack.

With the game scoreless after two innings, Schlegel and

Mandy Clark singled, Marie Stewart sacrificed the runners up, Auxier walked, Stephanie Graham hit a sacrifice fly, Ashley Graham was safe on an error as two runs scored.

The lead went to 6-0 in the fourth inning.

Sue Ward and Jennifer Legg walked, Danielle Jordan was safe on an error, and Schlegel singled home a run and Stewart singled home two runs.

A run scored in the fifth when Ward walked, Jordan doubled and Schlegel hit into a fielder's choice.

The final four runs scored in the sixth inning.

Stewart reached on an error, Stephanie and Ashley Graham both singled, Ward was safe on an error, Jordan walked and Schlegel had a base hit.

Fairland, 2-1 and 1-0 in the OVC, plays at Chesapeake Wednesday in a league game.

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Megan Auxier and Stephanie Graham. Kori McFann and Nikki Tracewell. W-Auxier (12-K, 1-W). L-McFann (5-K, 9-W). 2B-Fairland: Danielle Jordan. Hitting-Fairland: Mandy Clark 1-4, Marie Stewart 1-4, Stephanie Graham 1-2, Ashley Graham 1-4, Sue Ward 3 runs, Danielle Jordan 1-3, Beth Schlegel 2-2; River Valley: Leslie Ward 2-3, Nikki Tracewell 2-3.