Published: April 11, 2013
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Hitting a game-winning grand slam is the ideal way to win a softball game, especially if it comes against your archrival.
Last Thursday, the Lady Vikes girls softball team won a game in dramatic fashion against Old Forge. Going into the bottom of seventh, Riverside trailed 6-5 and loaded the bases with one out.
Up stepped sophomore Kassidy Puckett, who already homered earlier in the game. Puckett connected and blasted a shot over left field to end the game. Riverside scrapped and clawed its way back into the game after falling behind 6-0 in the fifth inning.
"It was crazy. I nicknamed them the heart attack kids: they give up runs the in the beginning and then come back," said Riverside coach Kate Fox. "It shows reliance. They don't give up and they fight. I tell them before we get out there, we play every inning, every pitch and it has come down to that so far."
The grand slam ended the game and gave the Lady Vikes a 9-6 win. Leadoff hitter and captain Bethany Mickavicz was standing on third base representing the tying run, she had a great view of the game ender.
"It was exciting," said Mickavicz. "As soon as I saw it I knew it was gone."
Mickavicz is just a junior, but she is one of the team captains. Riverside is a very young team as they have no senior players on the team, but they are finding ways to win and picking up great experience at the same time.
"She (Mickavicz) was in the outfield last year, she moved in and stepped up for us," said Fox. "We gave her the utility award last year and she is truly that."
This year, Mickavicz is hitting leadoff and doing the catching. She is the battery mate of sophomore pitcher Lacee Collins, who had a great freshman year and has picked up where she left off last season.
"She throws five different pitches and we go with what is working," Mickavicz said of Collins. "She really works at it."
Mickavicz said the team is filled with leaders and, while she is one of the team's captains, she feels everyone on the team has been stepping up as leaders.
"We have a good outlook for this season and future seasons," Fox said. "I hope we stay competitive in the league which I think we will. I don't think anyone is going to run away with it."
The Lady Vikes almost won its third game with another comeback, but fell short against Dunmore on Monday.