SPRING GREEN — Platteville has been on a collision course with 10th-ranked River Valley since opening the season with a 26–0 victory over Galena on April.
The Southwest Wisconsin Conference front runners met for the first time last Tuesday, and the first battle went to the host Blackhawks.
River Valley rapped out 13 hits and won the game 12–2 in five innings, ending Platteville’s season-opening nine-game winning streak.
Platteville took a 1–0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by senior Sierra Brecke to score classmate Claire Tashner, who doubled earlier in the inning.
Tashner homered to right field in the top of the third inning to make it 2–1, but that was the last hit River Valley ace pitcher Kylie Hoffman would allow. Hoffman struck out six in five innings of work.
The Blackhawks (10–2, 5–0 SWC) scored four times in the bottom of the third to take a 5–2 lead and never looked back.
KD Hoyer (7–1) took the loss for Platteville, allowing eight earned runs on 10 hits in 32/3 innings. She struck out four and walked six.
“The key to River Valley’s win was how they continued to score every inning,” said Hillmen head coach Becca Lowe. “We scored right away in the beginning of the game and had trouble putting more runs on the board.”
Platteville bounced back with a 15–4 non-conference win at Boscobel on Friday.
Tashner, Brecke and Hoyer all homered in the rout as the Hillmen piled up 19 hits. Senior shortstop Lexi Budden went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Mackenzie Chitwood went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Platteville returns to action Thursday against Lancaster and will host Cuba City in a non-conference game Friday before traveling to Fennimore on Saturday.
River Valley 12, Platteville 2
(from Tuesday, April 26 @ Spring Green)
Platteville 101 00 — 2 3 0
River Valley 014 34 — 12 13 0
Leading hitters — P: Claire Tashner 2x2; RV: Taylor Eberle 2x4, Teagan Strine 2x3, Brie Alt 3x3, JJ Johnson 2x2, Bailey Brown 2x2. 2B — RV: Eberle, Strine, Johnson. HR — P: Tashner.
W — Kylie Hoffman (5IP, 3H, 2ER, 6K, 0BB). L — KD Hoyer (6–1, 3.2IP, 10H, 8R, 8ER, 4K, 6BB).
Platteville 15, Boscobel 4
(from Friday, April 29 @ Boscobel)
Platteville — 15 19 0
Boscobel — 4 6 2
Leading hitters — P: Lexi Budden 4x4, Claire Tashner 2x4, KD Hoyer 3x4, Kaycie Wagner 3x4, Mackenzie Chtwood 2x4, Sierra Brecke 2x4, Abby Wein 2x4. HR — P: Tashner, Hoyer, Brecke.
W — KD Hoyer (7–1, 5 IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, 7K, 1BB). L — Grassel.