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RB’s 4-homer game followed by heartbreaking losses

RIVERSIDE – Riverside Brookfield softball coach John Vermillion has bemoaned his team’s lack of breaks all season, and last week was another one to throw into the pile of evidence to support that.

From afar, Riverside Brookfield softball had another losing week to continue its seasonlong struggle.

RB lost three out of four last week and dropped to 4-15 overall. The three losses were all by three runs or more.

The part that is harder to see is that the Bulldogs were tied or winning late in each of those games before eventually falling.

RB beat Ridgewood 12-2 on April 24 with four home runs. Senior catcher Emily Hastings continues to tear the cover off the ball and had two home runs to bring her season total up to five. Lana Herrmann and Ashlee Haugh had the other homers. Starting pitcher Katie O’Connell struck out 10.

After that, the Bulldogs lost three heartbreakers late in games.

In Thursday’s 9-6 loss to Elmwood Park, RB led 6-0 through three innings, but couldn’t hold the Tigers to a scoreless frame the rest of the way. Emma Schander had a two-run home run to highlight to offensive performance.

On Saturday, RB traveled to Oswego East and got swept in a doubleheader. In Game 1, the Bulldogs rallied from 6-0 down to tie the game at 7-7 before losing 11-7. Game 2 was tied 1-1 entering the fifth inning, but three late runs from the hosts doomed RB again.

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