Just when it looked like the Hannan softball team was going to win Monday’s nondistrict game against Riverside, the Rebels stormed back for a seventh-inning rally.
Riverside, trailing 5-2 with one out in the top of the seventh, got an RBI single from Lexi Johnson to close the score to two runs. A three-run home run from K.C. Becnel followed, and the Rebels hung on for a 6-5 win at Coquille Sports Complex near Covington.
“It was an inside pitch, and I was ready for it,” Becnel said of her big blast to left field. “They had been throwing it all night. I just stayed back and drove it.”
The homer was the third of the night by Riverside (7-1), with solo shots coming from Janie Milioto in the third and Rayne Johnson in the fifth. The Rebels totaled 14 hits and could have scored more runs had they not stranded nine runners. Every Riverside batter had at least one hit against Hannan.
“We’re learning something every game,” Riverside coach Tamra Regalo said. “We’ve come from behind. Just traveling on the road and getting out of our comfort zone has been our biggest challenge so far, but we’re proving we can come back. That’s all we can ask; just that they play seven full innings for us. You’re not always going to start out in front.”
Hannan (6-3) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. With one out, Allie Hutton walked, and Kaitlyn Wendt was inserted as a courtesy runner. After stealing second, Wendt scored when Shaye Tredinich followed with a shot off the left field wall that made the score 1-0.
Hannan tacked on two more runs with two outs against them in the second. Caylee Patazzalo reached on an error, and Kaitlyn Allen walked. Lindsey Osbon singled to center to load the bases, and Hutton followed with a sharp single to right center that scored Patazzalo and Allen. Osbon was thrown out trying to advance to third, and the Hawks settled for a 3-0 lead.
Milioto closed the score to 3-1 with her home run in the third, but Hannan answered in the fourth when Sydney Williams singled, Patazzalo reached on an error, and Allen walked. Riverside’s Cheyenne Triche relieved starter Lexi Johnson to face the top of the lineup with the bases loaded, and Osbon promptly singled to right field to score Williams. Hutton followed with a single to left field to score Patazzalo, and the Hawks went ahead 5-1.
Rayne Johnson’s fifth inning homer made the score 5-2, which kept the Rebels within striking distance until they erupted for four runs on four hits in the seventh.
“We need to play seven innings,” Hannan coach Becky Lambert said. “We do not play seven innings. Until they learn to do that, it’s going to be a tough season. We have to do a better job everywhere. You go into the seventh inning 5-2, you should be able to win that game.”
Triche (4-0) earned the win in relief. Jensen Volz, who relieved Hutton for the Hawks in the fifth, dropped to 1-1.
Toni Perrin, Milioto, Lexi Johnson, Becnel, and Abby Bourgeois each had two hits for Riverside. Hutton was 3-for-3 with 3 RBI for Hannan, and Osbon finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.