By Rick Sheek
Ridgewood flexed its muscle, but Roan Highlands didn’t go down without a fight.
In Carter County American League coach-pitch softball action on Monday night, Ridgewood rolled 12-4 at Billy Bob Garrison Field. Ridgewood punched in four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to seal the outcome.
Ridgewood’s Caitlin Elliott batted 3 for 3 and scored two runs. Maddie O’Quinn was 2 for 3 with four RBIs.
Mollie Johnson went 3 for 3. Elizabethton Maupin went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs.
Gracie Shaw was 2 for 3 with two runs. Kailey Peters went 2 for 3.
Kallista Deprimo hit 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs.
Roan’s Marlee Hughes batted 3 for 3 with two runs. Karah Fields went 2 for 3 with two runs.
Heaven Caraway and Victoria Davis were each 2 for 2.
The game opened with singles from Roan’s Gracie Freeman and Hughes. They were stranded.
Ridgewood surged to a 3-0 advantage in the bottom half of the first. Peters and Shaw led off with singles, before Deprimo’s two-run double.
Elizabethton Maupin plated her. Elliott singled and was stranded.
Caraway, Ella Benfield and Davis each singled in the second. Highlands left the bags juiced.
Johnson led off the bottom of the second with a single, but was left on.
The third saw Hughes lead off with a triple. Fields unloaded a run-scoring triple.
Kendall Birchfield singled, but was stranded. Ridgewood led 3-1.
Ridgewood opened up a 7-1 cushion in the bottom half of that inning. Peters and Shaw began the flurry with singles.
With two out, Maupin unleashed a two-run double. Elliott rapped a run-scoring single and O’Quinn belted a run-scoring triple.
Caraway singled in the fourth. Davis knocked her in and the deficit was trimmed to 7-2.
Johnson, Lydia Depew and Kenzie Depew opened the bottom half of the fourth with singles. Katie Lee’s RBI made it 8-2.
Hughes and Kinley Winters opened the fifth with singles. Fields drove in a score and Taylor Hicks slapped a run-scoring single to bring Roan within 8-4.
Ridgewood turned a double play to retire Highlands.
The bottom half of the fifth saw Deprimo, Maupin and Elliott each single. O’Quinn then blasted a three-run single.
Johnson’s run-scoring single completed the onslaught.