The Pleasant Ridge softball season ended Wednesday at Maur Hill in their 3A regional.
The No. 5 Rams faced No. 4 Riverside in the regional quarterfinals Wendesday. Pleasant Ridge would take the game 12-5 in eight innings and advanced to the regional semifinal against Holton.
Head coach Kendra Leach said the game was some of the best softball she has seen by both teams.
“It was neck and neck the entire game until we pulled it all together as a team in the top of the eighth to speed past them,” Leach said. “Solid defense, amazing offense and great pitching by Bailey Ko and Katie Lance working together on the mound to hit their spots and win us a ballgame in the end. Everyone in the batting order was patient and relaxed at the plate our defense was all around just great. Very proud of the team.”
In the second game, Holton would win 10-2.
“Our second game against Holton started off a little rocky,” Leach said. “But after the first inning, things came around. We responded back well with two runs but just couldn’t bring it all around to win. Holton was a tough team with a lot of talented girls. I think we used all our gas the first game and just couldn’t bring it into the second game. Allison Parker pitched a really solid game after coming in to relieve Bailey Ko. Holton just stepped on the gas a little more than us to win the game.”
The win by Holton advanced them to the regional championship against Jefferson West Thursday. The loss ends the Rams’ season. Despite the year ending, Leach said she couldn’t have asked for a better team to coach in her first year leading the team.
“I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls to coach,” she said. “Their work ethic and their heart for the game was all there. They really turned the Pleasant Ridge softball program around for the better and hopefully we will continue that into next year. I am very proud of all of them.”