The Auburn Riverside Ravens fastpitch team lost their season opener to the Inglemoor Vikings by a score of 8-4 on March 15.
“I thought for the most part the girls played pretty well… We hit some balls hard and they just made some plays,” said Auburn Riverside Head Coach Bryce Stand.
Inglemoor was as tough an opponent the Ravens could have had for their opening game. The Vikings were playing their fourth game of the season, compared to the Ravens’ first. On top of that, Inglemoor is coming off their first state tournament since 2017 last season.
The Ravens are coming off of their second consecutive NPSL league championship season and back to back state appearances, including a fifth place finish last year. “There are teams that want to be in our spot. We just got to stay in what we do, and I think our girls understand that,” Strand said.
Over the third to the fifth inning, the Vikings scored all eight of their runs. Two in the third, four in the fourth, and two in the fifth, giving Inglemoor an 8-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.
Riverside had been held off the scoreboard all game, but that changed in the bottom of the sixth. After Kaylee Walker got on base to start the inning, Seneca Aarstad hit her first home run of the season cutting the score to 8-2.
The Ravens have their second invitational on March 24-25 and their first league game is March 28 against Mount Rainier on the road.