Ft. Pierce, Florida
Day 4 of competition for the Reivers matched them with another past NJCAA Champion.
The Pioneers of Indian River State College, the 2002 NJCAA Champs, hosted the Reivers at their on-campus facility.
Despite dropping a 2-run decision, Game 2 was the bright spot for the Reivers. The offense came alive, collecting 12 hits and scoring 8 runs in a back and forth battle with IRSC.
Sophomore Lily Gregory was 4-8 on the day, 3-5 in game 2, which included a majestic, 2-run homer into the top of a palm tree in centerfield. The blast quieted the home dugout and caused mouths to drop in the stands. The Reivers also got 3 doubles from Sophomore Tyla Lee, another 2-run homer by Sophomore Sydney Reamer and a triple from Alyssa Maldonado Soto.
In Game 1, the hosts struck for 2 unearned runs in the first and were poised for more in the 3rd before Freshman Julie Katz struck out back-to-back batters with runners at 2nd and 3rd.
The Reivers would give up 5 more runs in the 4th as the Pioneers batted around. A six-inning, 8-run victory was awarded with a 1-out, 2-run homer 2-innings later.
The lone run came on an RBI from Omaha Freshman Logon Brown. She was 2-3 in the game, while Maldonado Soto reached base all three times she went to bat.
A local gecko watched the entire day from its perch along the protective netting in front of the dugout and left impressed with the Reivers overall attitude.