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Missed opportunities plague Pirates in tourney loss

The difference in Tuesday’s tournament softball game between Tri-Village and Riverside was quite simple. The visiting Patriots took advantage of their offensive opportunities, and the Pirates did not.

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Riverside’s Taylor Nichols waits for the ball at third base as a Tri-Village runner approaches during Tuesday’s Division IV tournament game at Riverside. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Both teams had six hits, but seventh-seeded Riverside left 10 runners on base in a 6-1 Division IV sectional loss to the 10th-seeded Patriots.

“Our bats didn’t come alive,” said Riverside head coach Andy Phelps. “We didn’t get the timely hits and they did.”

Defensively, the Pirates were hurt by four errors.

“That has been our Achilles’ heel all season,” said Phelps. “We were able to overcome our defensive struggles at times, but we couldn’t do it today. Give them credit. They put the ball in play and we didn’t make the plays we needed to make.”

 

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