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Fletcher homers, hurls 1-hit shutout for River Valley against Mohave

March 19, 2019

MOHAVE VALLEY — Ryann Glenn and Kortney Fletcher each hit second-inning home runs, and Fletcher hurled a one-hit shutout to lead the River Valley Lady Dust Devils past the Mohave Lady T-birds 16-0 at River Valley High School on Monday night.

River Valley’s senior right-handed pitcher gave up no runs, while striking out six, walking one hitter and hitting one in five innings to earn the victory during the 4 1/2-inning, mercy-rule shortened game.

“She’s dialed in; she’s taking really good swings,” said River Valley head coach Kathleen Watson about Fletcher’s approach at the plate.

Glenn’s hitting also has impressed Watson.

“I love it,” said Watson about Glenn’s performance. “She’s got power; she’s our leadoff.”

Sophomore Allyson Brusso recorded Mohave’s lone hit, and senior Dae’zha Goodloe also reached base for the T-birds when Fletcher hit her with a pitch.

Watson said Fletcher was “awesome” in the circle.

In addition to Glenn’s third home run of the season, she singled, walked, scored four runs and knocked in two in three at-bats.

In addition to Fletcher’s sixth home run of the season, she walked once, knocked home five runs and hit a sacrifice fly in two at-bats.

Dust Devils sophomore Chloe Hibbard continued her hot hitting.

Hibbard doubled twice, singled, knocked home four runs and scored one in four at-bats.

River Valley senior Tianna Williams doubled twice, walked twice, scored four runs and knocked home one run in two at-bats.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association 3A West Region Dust Devils’ record is 4-0 overall, 2-0 in conference and 1-0 in region, according to aiaonline.org. The AIA 4A Grand Canyon Region T-birds’ record is 0-4 overall, 0-2 in conference and 0-0 in region.

Goodloe was Mohave’s starting pitcher and took the loss.

“It’s been an ugly season so far,” T-birds head coach Shannon Patterson said. “They’ve got to figure it out or it’s going to be a very, very long season.

“What matters is league play and that’s what starts for us tomorrow, so we’ll see if they get it going from here on out.

“Otherwise, like I said, it’s going to be a very long season.”

The T-birds will trek to Cottonwood Mingus for a game at 3:45 p.m. today against the Marauders.