Lady Cavs, Davis shuts out R-S Central

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 07:31 PM

The East Rutherford Lady Cavaliers scored seven runs in the first three inning Friday on the road against county rival R-S Central, and that was more than enough for sophomore righty Savannah Davis who allowed just one hit and struck out 11 batters in a 7-0 win over the Lady Hilltoppers.

“Her composure and confidence on the mound was very impressive,” East Rutherford head coach Laura Hopper said of her pitcher.

“(Davis) did a great job on the mound and threw the ball very well,” R-S Central head coach Melvin Digh said. “She did her job in the circle that’s for sure.”

A pair of errors in the first inning allowed the Cavaliers to take a quick 2-0 lead in the first and an Emily Dotson RBI single coupled with a 2-run error by the Hilltoppers in the third ballooned the lead to 5-0.

“Starting out with those runs helps out a lot,” East Rutherford head coach Laura Hopper said.

“Those errors early set the tone for the game, I think,” Digh said.

East Rutherford added the final touches to the 7-0 win in the third inning with back-to-back RBI base hits by Raven Gray and Davis.

All the while, Davis was dominating the R-S Central lineup. She allowed a hit to the first R-S Central batter of the game, Katie McEntire, but that was it for the day. Only four batters reached base as a result of that one hit, one walk and two errors.

Davis struck out the side in the second inning and returned to the mound in the third inning to strike out the first two batters of the frame. Six of her 11 strikeouts came in the first three innings.

R-S Central managed to hold the Cavaliers scoreless in the final four innings but couldn’t get a runner past second base on Davis.

Davis has 26 strikeouts in her last two starts after striking out 15 Crest batters on Monday.

“(Davis) was sick today and sick against Crest so maybe I’ll let her be sick every game now,” Hopper joked after the win.

Gray, Davis, Dotson, Samantha Steed, Leanna Briscoe and Christian Beheler each had two hits for the Lady Cavaliers in the win.

“Hopefully this helps us stay on top,” Hopper said. “We have a tendency to get a little down on ourselves so

maybe this will help keep us upbeat.”

R-S Central will look to rebound on at home against Asheville while East Rutherford hosts Chase on Tuesday for another rivalry game. Both games are set for 4:30 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

At R-S Central High School

Friday, March 28, 2014

E. RUTHERFORD 7, R-S CENTRAL 0

E. Rutherford^232^000^0 — 7 12 2

R-S Central^000^000^0 — 0 1 3

WP: Savannah Davis (7 IP, 0 ER, 11 K, 1 BB)

LP: Makayla Crawford (7 IP, 4 ER, 2 K, 1 BB)