Riverton • Under most circumstances, maybe it wouldn’t have been all that amusing for the Riverton softball team to have a star player foul a ball off her foot, fall to her knees and eventually get back on her feet only to raise her bat to coach Emily Bateman.
But it was all in jest, except for the actual temporary injury, and a sterling 12-3 victory over Taylorsville on Wednesday kept all of the homestanding Silverwolves in a good mood.
Before Riverton senior Kyrae Kogianes cracked a ball off herself in the fifth, her previous three at-bats had resulted in two RBIs each — including two fence-clearing home runs to center field.
"Kyrae’s a very intense person, so anytime I can get her to relax I’m going to take that opportunity," Bateman said. "I said, ‘Is it your shin? Is it broken?’ She said it was her toe and I said, ‘Oh, I don’t care then.’ "
"She told me to tough it out, put some dirt on it and quit whining about it," recalled Kogianes, who then playfully threatened her coach with the instrument that was doing major damage to the Warriors.
Riverton (8-1) struck first in the opening inning when Kogianes, after teammate Kaylee Jaussi drew a walk ahead of her, drove her first homer over the fence.
In the next frame, the Silverwolves struck for four more runs that included another two-run blast by Kogianes and an additional two-run shot from first baseman Alysa Linford.
Taylorsville (4-2) had a couple of home run shots of its own in the top of the third to slice a 6-0 deficit in half.
First, Karlee Jenson tied things up with a two-run dinger to center, and the next batter, Cami Mathews, sent a ball over the left-field fence to make the score 6-3.
Other than that inning, however, Silverwolves pitcher Courtney Platt kept Taylorsville at bay.
For Taylorsville, which had previous victories this early season over well-regarded teams like Weber and Bingham, the game was a struggle for all three of its young pitchers. Each gave up a home run at one point or another and combined for seven walks.
"We’ve got two freshman pitchers and a sophomore," Taylorsville coach Rich Kaelin said. "If we had come in and played like we had the last couple of weeks, we’d have thought there was nothing to work on — but there’s a lot we have to work on."
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