Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Offensive explosion leads Harvey to first win since 2017

Harvey pounded out 21 hits, four doubles, two triples and a home run in collecting a 21-2 nonconference win over visiting St. John on Thursday.

The victory was the first for the Red Raiders since they beat Orange on May 15, 2017.

“All phases of the game came together for us today,” Harvey coach Betsy Hada said. “We stepped up and made big plays on defense.”

That defense helped pitchers Rachael Boykin and Keristin Cruz shut down St. John.

Boykin picked up the win after allowing just two hits with six strikeouts in four scoreless innings and Cruz allowed two runs on two hits with one strikeout in her one inning of work.

“Rachael did a great job getting ahead in the count and working all sides of the plate,” Hada said.

Freshman third baseman Mira DiPierro led the Red Raiders at the plate as she finished 3-for-3 with a double and a home run, four runs scored and she also knocked in a team-high four runs.

Alexa Riddle finished with three hits, including a double, with four runs scored and two RBI and Boykin and Leah Miller both contributed with two hits. Boykins had a triple and Miller recorded two doubles.

Tressa Overbey and Cruz both added hits. Overbey also knocked in two runs and stole two bases and Cruz pounded out a triple and scored three runs in the win.

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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