May River’s Giovana Rodriguez got the job done with her arm and her bat Monday night, leading the Sharks to a 6-4 comeback victory at rival Bluffton in a key Region 7-4A softball matchup.
Rodriguez went the distance in the circle for the Sharks, allowing four runs (two earned) and six hits over seven innings with one strikeout and three walks, but she made the biggest impact at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, two runs, and four RBIs on a night when Bluffton ace Parker Ray had just about everyone else’s number.
Ray struck out 14 over seven innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on 11 hits with two walks, and she took a one-run lead to the seventh before the Sharks rallied for three runs to stun the Bobcats.
Reilly Wake reached on a bunt single to start the big inning, and Rodriguez followed with a two-run blast to left to give May River the lead, then Ruthie Roman and Caleigh Powell delivered doubles with a strikeout sandwiched between for a useful insurance run.
Ray and Alyssa Rose put together back-to-back singles to give the Bobcats life with two outs in the seventh, but Rodriguez recorded her only strikeout of the night to end the threat.
Roman was 2-for-3 with a double and a run, and leadoff hitter Macey Dowe went 1-for-2 with a walk and scored twice for the Sharks. Ray, Rose, and Sydnee Poliquin each had two hits for the Bobcats, and Rose and Poliquin drove in runs.
The Sharks (5-2, 3-0) host the Bobcats (3-1, 2-1) in the series finale Wednesday.
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