Opening of softball season is a special time for middle school sports in Dawson County. Aug. 9 saw the first game of the season for both Dawson County and Riverview middle schools.
Playing on a new field at Dawson County Middle School, the Riverview Lady Eagles spoiled the opener for Dawson County and came away with an 18-12 win.
The Lady Tigers held an 8-7 lead in the fourth inning, but that was when the wheels came off for Head Coach Karen Spencer's team.
Riverview scored six runs in the fifth inning, two runs in the sixth, and three runs in the final inning to pull away.
The Lady Eagles picked up the win despite losing their starting catcher before the first pitch was even thrown. Catcher Heather Brady was injured during warm-ups and was not able to play.
"Heather Brady was injured before the game. It was real scary. Catcher is a tough position to replace. We used Hannah Yother for the first two innings and Kaitlyn Simpson came on to catch for the remaining five innings," said Riverview Head Coach Jeff Comptom.
"The players did a great job hitting the ball. Every player on the team put the ball into play or got on base," Compton said.
Practice has been an issue with both teams. Due to extreme heat conditions both teams only had a limited number of practices before the opening game.
"Well, considering we have only had several practices I thought we did really well. We had some costly errors in the field that gave Riverview the extra runs," Spencer said.
Compton echoed the same thoughts about practice and the game.
"We have only had three days of practice, and some days were cut short because of heat and thunderstorms. I am really excited about this season. I see great potential for the success of the Eagles," Compton said.