Lady Panthers close season with 10-0 shutout of Marsh Valley
RIVERSIDE — Going into to Wednesday's regular season finale with Marsh Valley the Snake River Lady Panthers already knew they had clinched the top seed in Friday's 3A District 5 tournament, but they were looking for more; to finish the season with an unblemished district record.
Thanks in part to a 3-for-4 day from Sara Goodwin the Panthers were able to do just that.
Snake River blanked the Eagles 10-0 in six innings to close out the season and claim the top spot in the district tournament.
"The girls played well today," Snake River head coach Kay Martin said. "We did not hit the ball like we have been or get the timely hits we have been getting, but the girls scored runs when they needed to, it just took us a little longer to get going."
When the Panthers and Eagles met in Arimo earlier this season, Raegan Martin pitched a no-hitter in a three inning Snake River win that took less than 40 minutes to complete.
Wednesday's match-up lasted a little longer than 40 minutes, but Martin was equally as effective as she was in the first meeting.
The senior pitching in front of the Snake River faithful for the last time allowed three hits in a complete game effort.
Snake River left runners in scoring position in the first inning, but in the second they got on the board thanks to a dropped third strike.
After a pair of walks to Piper Coles and Anissa Reyes, Kara Polatis stepped to the plate with two outs.
After a double steal, Polatis struck out but the ball got away from the Marsh Valley catcher allowing Coles to score.
Goodwin followed on the next pitch and laced a two-RBI single to left field driving home a pair of runs.
Goodwin had another big hit in the fourth when she ripped a two-RBI double to right field that one hopped the fence driving in Martin and Mayce Polatis.
The Panthers added another run on a single by Ashlyn Wood.
Coles and Reyes each had RBI groundouts in the fifth before Alyssa Crumley doubled home a run in the sixth.
Polatis ended the game with an RBI groundout for the 10th run.
Goodwin was 3-for-4 with four RBI for the Panthers. Wood added two hits and an RBI.
"Give credit to Marsh Valley, they played the best I have seen them play in the last couple of years," Martin said. "We did not hit like we have this season, we need to do that when we get to districts."
Snake River opens the district tournament on Friday at noon against either American Falls or Marsh Valley.
Snake River 10, Marsh Valley 0, 6 inn
Marsh Valley 000 000 — 0 3 3
Snake River 030 322 — 10 10 1
Marsh Valley — H. Peterseon and Kneip. Snake River — Raegan Martin and Kara Polatis. 2B — Jacobson (MV), Ashlyn Wood (SR), Alyssa Crumley (SR). Sara Goodwin (SR).