RAVENWOOD, Mo. — Northeast Nodaway and Platte Valley are separated by just 7 miles. The dislike for one another is well documented and Tuesday night in Ravenwood another chapter was written in the rivalry. Platte Valley ran away with a 12-0 victory, thanks in large part at an eight-run fourth inning.
“I think we were a little bit more prepared; we play with them and we know them well,” Platte Valley’s Sydnee Deen said. “I like to play against faster pitchers, so it was a big adjustment.”
The Bluejays knew they were going to go through some growing pains coming into the season and so far it has been a struggle. Tuesday night was no different, but head coach Mandy Adwell saw some good things from her young team.
“We did some great things tonight, more than what we have and I feel like we are improving and that’s all I want these girls to do,” Adwell said. We need to work on communication and playing smart, but we’re moving on up.”
Platte Valley jumped on Northeast Starter Anne Schieber in the top of the first with a little help from the Bluejays’ defense. Kaylin LaMaser was the first to reach base after an errant throw pulled the first baseman off the bag.
Schieber forced the next batter to flyout to third base. It looked like Northeast would escape the first without allowing any damage. Platte Valley’s Jessica Miller made sure that wasn’t the case, driving in LaMaster on her double.
Sydnee Deen reached base on an error by the Northeast defense, that again, kept the inning alive. The Bluejays finally closed the door on the top of the first when Miller was tagged out trying to score on a passed ball.
The Northeast Nodaway offense has been nonexistent so far this season, coming into the matchup with Platte Valley hitting .156 as a team. Sydnee Dee took advantage of that, striking out the side in the top of the first.
Allie Wolf led off the top of the second with a single to get things started for Platte Valley. Schieber then recorded an out for herself by forcing Jackie Pappert to fly out in front of home plate.
The Northeast defense stubbed their toe once again in the top of the second by allowing Claire Galbraith to reach base on an error. The runners then advanced to second and third on a wild pitch from Schieber.
Stephanie Turpin made it a 2-0 ballgame with an RBI single. A stolen base from Turpin gave Platte Valley and Malia Collins two runners in scoring position. Collins took advantage, breaking the game open with a two-run double.
“We came into this game knowing that we were going to have to work hard and play our game,” Turpin said.
Schieber was able to minimize the damage after that, pitching her way out of a jam. Platte Valley coach Shelly Deen believed her team could have gotten out to a better start.
“We started out slow, we played five games this weekend and they came out slow but battled and came back and to give them credit, they made plays behind their pitcher,” Coach Deen said. “We just have to be ready to battle sooner.”
Coach Deen’s team put the game away with eight runs in the top of the fourth. Turpin started the inning off with a single and stolen base. Collins then reached on an infield single. LaMaster drove in Turpin with an RBI double and then Ashley Mattson drove in Platte Valley’s sixth and seventh runs of the game.
Sydnee Deen, Wolf and Pappert combined for three-straight hits driving in runs. Turpin had the game’s furthest hit with a long fly ball to left field that ended with an inside the park homerun to make it 12-0.
“This gave us confidence going into our next game against DeKalb this week, which should be a good game and this will help with our confidence for that game,” Turpin said.
Platte Valley finished with 15 hits and 11 RBI. Collins, LaMaster and Turpin all led the team with three hits. Sydnee Deen pitched five innings, allowing just three hits and striking out seven.
The dominating victory was welcomed by Platte Valley after their last two games were decided by one run. Coach Deen believes those kinds of games will prove to be good for her team down the road.
“We battled all weekend long, Excelsior Springs we didn’t battle there, but all the other games we battled and never let up and that’s going to be big at the end of the year,” Coach Deen said.
Platte Valey will host DeKalb on Thursday and then travel to Oregon to take on South Holt on Sept. 17.
Lauren McIntyre, Kirsten Morrow and Standiford each had hits for Northeast in the game. Schieber pitched five innings, allowing 15 hits but only three of the 12 runs were earned. The Bluejays will hit the road for three-straight as they try and get things back on track. Northeast will travel to Stanberry on Thursday before facing North Andrew on Sept. 16 and DeKalb on Sept. 17.
“I was impressed, I was excited because I asked the girls to do two things: I asked the girls that we come in and communicate and play smart and for the first few innings I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Adwell. “We just have to keep talking them up, talking them up and hopefully that will carry over onto the field.”