REDMOND — Allicitie Frost struck out two of the first three batters she faced Tuesday.
But the Ridgeview junior was only getting warmed up.
Frost finished with 13 strikeouts as the Ravens routed crosstown rival Redmond 11-1 at home in six innings.
“My spins were working really well today and I was hitting my spots really well,” Frost said.
Ridgeview came into the game undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Class 5A softball. But it was the Panthers, playing small ball, who scored the first run of the Intermountain Conference game in the top of the fourth inning.
Audrey McKenzie reached on an infield error to lead off the frame and then scored on a bunt by Scout DeMain.
But Redmond never threatened again. And while the Ridgeview bats began producing runs, Frost retired eight Panthers in a row — including five by strikeout — to end the game.
“She’s come so far since last year,” Ridgeview coach Sandy Fischer said of Frost. “She’s really come a long way. If she can keep it up and stay healthy, she’ll be quite helpful for us.”
After leaving five runners on base in the first three innings, including the bases loaded in the second, Ridgeview’s offense finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth.
Marley Sargent, who was 4-for-4 in the game, doubled to drive home Ally Henry. The Ravens then took advantage of a Redmond error and a walk and Natalie Hill added an RBI single to put Ridgeview on top 3-1.
The Ravens added five more runs in the fifth. Sage McVay and Frost each drove in two runs in the inning.
“We just started out slow at the plate,” Fischer said. “The pitcher (Hailey Heising) kept us off balance. I think they started to see the ball better after they’d seen her. Games like this happen. It doesn’t matter how good you are, you’re just going to be a little flat. We were probably due for a game like that.”
Ridgeview’s final three runs came with two outs in the sixth. Frost delivered the final blow, knocking in McVay with a bloop hit to right field.
McVay was 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and two runs scored.
“We don’t want to lose to them,” Frost said of rival Redmond. “It feels great at the end of the day, but we still have two games against them so we’re going to get more fired up and go after them.”
Redmond coach Mike Durre said the Panthers were not patient enough at the plate against Frost.
“I think a lot of it is just anxiousness,” Durre said. “We were out in front trying to make contact and swung at a lot of pitches out of the zone. Allicitie does a good job getting ahead and getting us to fish for her pitches and we took the bait.”
Redmond, 6-7 overall and 0-3 in the Intermountain Conference, plays a doubleheader at Pendleton Saturday.
“We’ve got good players who work hard,” Durre said. “We just need to be more consistent. We did a lot of good things today. It just wasn’t as consistent as we’ve got to be.”
Ridgeview, 10-0 overall and 3-0 in the IMC, hosts The Dalles on Friday in a doubleheader between conference co-leaders.
“I think we can do a ton better,” Frost said. “We haven’t reached our potential but we’re trying our hardest every day at practice focusing and trying to come together as a group. We know we have tough competition and can’t take anything for granted.”
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