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Redwomen take control of 2nd place

PEDRO - It's not where the Rock Hill Redwomen want to be, but it's close.

Although not favored in the Ohio Valley Conference softball race this season, Rock Hill made a run at the league title. But a couple of tough losses leave the Redwomen 7-2 in the OVC and 13-4 overall after blanking the Coal Grove Lady Hornets 7-0 Tuesday.

"That's a pretty good accomplishment. We're pretty young. We only lose two players," Redwomen coach Mary Harper said.

Mandi Estep got the win with a two-hitter. She struck out eight and walked one and also went 3-for-4 at the plate.

Rock Hill took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Shelli Harper singled, Estep reached on a fielder's choice, and Katrina Settles had an RBI single.

The Redwomen pushed across three runs in the second inning.

Brooke Long and Heather Gore singled, Harper reached on an

error as Long and Estep scored. Estep singled for the second run.

In the fourth inning, Long singled, stole second, moved to third base on a fielder's choice, and Harper grounded out as the run scored to make it 4-0.

Rock Hill got a pair of runs in the sixth inning.

Candice Chaffins was safe on an error and Gore singled to drive in Chaffins. Gore went to second base on a wild pitch and Estep tripled.

Hannah Willis had both Coal Grove hits.

Rock Hill plays in the Thunder in the Valley tournament Friday at Symmes Valley.

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Caymie Collier and Hannah Willis. Mandi Estep and Melissa McFann. W-Estep (8-K, 1-BB). L-Collier (3-K, 1-BB). 2B-Rock Hill: Mandi Estep, Candice Chaffins. 3B-Rock Hill: Mandi Estep. Hitting-Coal Grove: Hannah Willis 2-3; Rock Hill: Shelli Harper 1-4, Mandi Estep 3-4, Katrina Settle 1-3, Candice Chaffins 2-3, Heather Gore 2-3, Brooke Long 2-3.