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Better effort, but same result as Black River falls to Keystone

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    Keystone High School pitcher Sydney Campbell (42) pitches against Black River High School on Tuesday afternoon, April 18.

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    Keystone High School second baseman Shelby Fortune (44) scoops up a ground ball hit during a game against Black River on Tuesday afternoon, April 18.

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    Keystone High School center fielder McKenah Peters (34) fields a ground ball hit to center field on Tuesday afternoon, April 18 during a game against Black River.

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    Keystone High School's Shelby Fortune (44) bats against Black River on Tuesday afternoon, April 18.

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    Keystone High School first baseman Brooke Piazza (22) makes a play at first during a game against Black River on Tuesday afternoon, April 18.

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    Keystone High School's McKenah Peters (34) slides safely into second base on Tuesday afternoon, April 18 as Black River High School shortstop Grace Spencer (18) fails to secure the ball in time to make an out.

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    Keystone High School's Ali Pyles (29) slides safely into second base on Tuesday afternoon, April 18 as Black River High School shortstop Grace Spencer (18) fails to secure the ball in time to make an out.

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    Keystone High School shortstop Madi Nunez (2) tags Black River High School's Emily Reynolds (41) out at second on Tuesday afternoon, April 18.

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    Keystone High School pitcher Sydney Campbell (42) high-fives teammate second baseman Shelby Fortune (44) after a strike out against Black River High School on Tuesday afternoon, April 18.

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    Black River High School's Emily Zumack (20) bats against Keystone on Tuesday afternoon, April 18.

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    Black River High School second baseman Lydia Wacker (43) catches a popfly during a game against Keystone on Tuesday afternoon, April 18 for an out.

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    Black River High School pitcher Hannah Braco (11) pitches during a game against Keystone on Tuesday afternoon, April 18.

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    Black River High School celebrates an out against Keystone High School on Tuesday night, April 18.

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LAGRANGE — After losing big Monday, all Black River softball coach Larry Toth wanted from his team was a better effort.

He got it, but the Pirates fell for the second day in row to state-ranked Keystone, 6-1.

Black River is 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Patriot Athletic Conference. The Wildcats are 10-3, 8-0.

“Today, we competed,” Toth said. “We played better. The kids competed. That’s all I can ask for. This is what we’re more capable of against a pretty good ballclub. (Monday) we didn’t compete.”

Monday, Keystone whacked three home runs and won 12-0. Tuesday, Black River managed to put a little bit of a scare into the Wildcats early, but couldn’t keep the pressure on.

Black River’s Lydia Wacker reached on an error and stole second and third. Emily Zumack grounded to third, but Wacker couldn’t advance. Grace Spencer hit into a double play that allowed Wacker to score, but Keystone sophomore Sydney Campbell struck out Kayla Gardner to end the threat.

Black River only had one other good chance to score, but another double play bailed out Campbell again. This time, Gardner sent a fly to right with one out and runners on second and third. Autumn Acord made a running catch and fired a strike to shortstop Madi Nunez at second base to double up Spencer.

Wacker had two hits on the day with Spencer and pitcher Hanna Barco getting the others. Black River committed three errors and walked four Keystone hitters.

“We had some dropped balls and gave up some walks at the wrong time,” Toth said. “Baserunning got us in trouble, too. I really think we’re going to get on more of a roll. We really are. The kids competed today.”

Contact Tim Gebhardt at sports@medina-gazette.com.

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