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Just One More Win … Lady Eagles punch ticket to third straight championship


For the third straight year, the Ridgway Christian Lady Eagles will play Columbia Christian for the Arkansas Association of Christian Schools state championship following a 10-3 victory over Life Way Christian Monday night at Seabrook Family Christian Center.

“We hope we win it this year,” Ridgway head coach Pam Turner said. “We are going to do the best we can.”

Ridgway (7-4 AACS) fell behind 1-0 after the first inning, but scored five runs in the top of the second to take a 5-1 lead.

The Lady Eagles led off the second with three straight walks and took the lead on a two-run double by Crystal McVay. A two-run single by Taylor Allen added a pair of insurance runs.

“They did a great job,” Turner said. “Some of the girls who don’t usually hit, hit the ball.”

McVay helped her own cause at the plate, finishing the day 3 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs.

“She ripped the ball,” Turner said. “She did awesome.”

McVay pitched a complete game for Ridgway. She allowed three runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

According to Turner, Lauren Rose has “been pitching for us most of the year.” So for Ridgway’s No. 2 starter to have a game like McVay did on Monday, it “is pretty awesome.”

Life Way got within three runs in the bottom of the third but Ridgway’s Paige Topping scored a run in the top of the fifth to give the Lady Eagles a 6-2 lead. Ridgway also scored a run in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Life Way scored a run in the fifth thanks to an RBI single by Taylor Hull.

Life Way’s Gabby Bussiere pitched a complete game, allowing 10 runs on six hits with eight walks and nine strikeouts.

Emily Siemens finished the day 3 for 3 with two runs for Life Way while Bussiere was 3 for 4.

For Ridgway, Allen was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Both Lyde Moore and Taylor Owen walked twice and scored twice.

Today’s championship game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

“We are going to go get them (today),” Turner said. “We are going to do the best we can.”

Columbia defeated Garrett Memorial 6-5 on Monday to advance to the title game.

“They hit the ball well,” Turner said. “So we will have to hang with them.”

Ridgway Christian 12,

Southwest Christian Academy 2 (5 inn.)

In Game 2 of the AACS tournament, Ridgway Christian defeated Southwest Christian Academy 12-2 to advance to the semifinals.

Ridgway scored four runs in the first, two in the second, two in the third, three in the third and three in the fifth.

McVay led Ridgway’s offense with three hits in four trips including a triple. She also scored four runs. Allen was 2 for 3 with two runs.

Game 1: Garrett Memorial 14, Cornerstone 11; Game 3: Columbia 6, Garrett Memorial 5