HARRISONBURG, VA., JUNE 2 -- Park View had its offense in gear and Jodi Rymer hung on for her second complete game in two days as the Patriots claimed their second consecutive Virginia state AA softball championship with a 14-9 triumph over Lord Botetourt today at Purcell Park.
Park View's hitting was potent and its bench spirited. That made it easier for Rymer, who overcame any fatigue she may have felt in the final inning, when she retired the Cavaliers in order, the last two batters on strikeouts.
Park View (18-5) marched 12 batters to the plate during a seven-run fifth inning. The Patriots, who capitalized on 15 walks in their semifinal win over Salem on Friday, were rewarded with four bases on balls in the inning. Stephanie Porter had a two-run single and Caya Russell and Nikki Tingsley each connected for a run-scoring single.
Park View took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Tingsley had a solo home run to left field, her fourth homer in the postseason. The next batter, Pam Freedman, fouled off five pitches from Janelle Sowers before beating out a grounder to short. She then stole second and scored after catcher Becky Meachum's throw sailed into center and eluded two outfielders.
Lord Botetourt (17-5) halved its deficit the bottom of the first, as Katrina Wilhelm singled to right, reached third on Karen Lee's liner to left and and scored when Rymer's pitch trickled out of Tingsley's glove behind the plate.
The Patriots added two runs in the third, both with two out. Rymer, Tingsley and Freedman loaded the bases with two singles and an error. Sue Hessaneuer scored Rymer with a sacrifice fly. Tingsley, who scampered to third on the relay throw, extended the lead to 4-1 when a pickoff attempt caromed off her helmet and went into the outfield.
Park View narrowly missed a chance to break open the game in the fourth.
With the bases full and one out, Rymer sent a sharp liner down the third-base line. But there stood April Wiltshire, who snared it and stepped on the base to complete the double play. The score remained 4-1.
Lord Botetourt was not without opportunties, but Rymer shut the door for each of the first four innings with solid, if unspectacular, pitching.
The Cavaliers' best chance came in the fourth, as they loaded the bases with one out. But Rymer remained in control, inducing a pop-up and groundout to squelch the rally.
The Cavaliers finally broke through in the fifth, tallying five runs off Rymer. The key blow was a two-run single by Wiltshire. But any hopes of a comeback were thwarted in the sixth, as Park View scored three runs -- on four singles and two walks -- to make it 14-6.
Lord Botetourt scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, with Kim Jones delivering a two-run triple. But Rymer summoned something extra in the seventh, retiring the Cavaliers in order.