SHERWOOD - Emerald Rittenhouse-Starbuck shut down the Wayne Trace over the final 3-2/3 innings and added a game winning grand slam home run in the bottom of the fifth to lead the Fairview Lady Apaches to a 9-6 win on a cold and windy Thursday afternoon.

Rittenhouse entered the game with one out in the top of the fourth and Wayne Trace in front of the Apaches 9-6 after back-to-back home runs from Emma Crosby and Emily Dyson.

However, the Apache hurler shut out the Raider offense the rest of the way and limited Wayne Trace to one hit to keep Fairview in the game.

Rittenhouse-Starbuck then gave the black and gold the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth.

With bases loaded and no outs in the frame, Rittenhouse took a 2-2 pitch and drove it over the center field fence to give Fairview a 9-6 lead that the Apaches made stand up.

“I am proud of the girls,” noted Wayne Trace head coach Amber Showalter. “We dug a hole early in the game but we battled back out of it. Our girls never gave up and they battled until the end.”

Wayne Trace struck first in the contest, getting on the scoreboard in the opening inning.

Emily Dyson singled to start the inning before moving to third on a groundout. A Parrish double then plated the run as the Raiders jumped in front 1-0.

A double by Fairview’s Sami Kime brought the black and gold alive as the two-run shot put the Apaches on top 2-1.

Logan Smith followed with a double as well, expanding the Apache lead to 4-1.

Keagann Parrish helped Wayne Trace get within 4-2 in the third as Emily Dyson scored on a Parrish groundout. The Raiders sliced the margin to 4-3 two batters later on an Anne Eklund double.

Claire Sinn opened the Raider fourth with a walk before Emma Crosby put Wayne Trace on top with a home run over the center field fence.

Dyson followed that up with another home run to push the margin to 6-4 in favor of the Raiders.

“That is a good softball team and they made a couple more plays than we did tonight,” Showalter added. “But, I want to say again how proud I am of our girls. They came in here and gave them all they could handle but we just came up a little short.”

“Fairview is a good, solid softball team, concluded the Raider mentor. “They will be a tough out in tournament.”

Emily Dyson paced Wayne Trace with a single, double and home run along with driving in three runs. Libby Wenzlick added two singles and a run scored for the Raiders with Libby Wenzlick posting two singles and Anne Eklund chipped in a single and a double.

Rittenhouse-Starbuck picked up the win on the mound for the Tigers, giving up one walk and one run while fanning three in three plus innings of work.

Madilyn Brigner took the loss for Wayne Trace, surrendering ten hits and five earned runs in a complete game effort that included three strikeouts.