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July 13, 2013

Riverfield wins again, stays alive in tight race

ANDERSON — The Riverfield All-Stars rolled to a second straight victory at the Little League Softball state tournament on Saturday in Lebanon.

But the local team's semifinal fate no longer is entirely in its hands.

Riverfield blasted Bedford 13-3 in its third game of pool play, improving its tournament record to 2-1 and remaining as one of six teams still alive for a berth in the four-team single-elimination tournament that will determine the state champion.

Lebanon, South Bend Southeast and Zionsville have the upper hand with 3-0 records, and Riverfield is tied with Fort Wayne Don Ayres and New Albany one game back.

Riverfield finishes pool play against New Albany in what amounts to an elimination game Monday at 5 p.m. But even the winner of that contest might be left out of the semifinals.

"I keep telling (the players) all we can control is what we can control," Riverfield coach Seth Kelley said. "That's going out and trying to win."

Riverfield's cause will be aided a bit by the fact that Lebanon and Zionsville are scheduled to meet in their final pool play contest. That means one of those teams will fall to 3-1.

But a Fort Wayne victory on Monday could create a three-team tie for the final two playoff spots, and the tiebreaker in that scenario depends on runs allowed per inning played.

Zionsville currently has the lead in that category, and Riverfield and Fort Wayne are in a dead heat.

Riverfield found itself in a similar situation last year at the Little League Softball World Series, scoring five runs in the ninth-inning to beat Mexico 7-2 and win a tiebreaker for a spot in the semifinals.

This year's team has shown similar resiliency, bouncing back from a 9-7 loss against South Bend Southeast to outscore its next two opponents by a combined 27-3.

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