GREENVILLE — The Riverheads High School softball team, rode the shutout pitching of senior Emily Walters to victory Tuesday, defeating visiting Northumberland 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the Class 1 State Tournament.
"It's pretty crazy at the beginning of the game when everyone's screaming," Walters said. "After getting some runs it's not as stressful."
Singles by Riley Reed and Sydney Phillips, combined with a couple of fielding errors gave Walters all the run support Walters would need as Riverheads notched a pair of runs in the bottom of the second.
A two-run double by freshman Cheyenne Deming produced the rest of the runs. "I just went with the pitch and knew we needed some more insurance runs," Deming said.
Meanwhile, Walters was mowing down most of the Indians' batters, striking out a total of 11 hitters. When Northumberland did produce baserunners, Walters and the rest of the Riverheads' fielders made sure the runners were stranded.
"We had a lot of great defensive plays," said RHS head coach Mike Walters.
Walters, in just his first season as varsity head coach, has guided the Gladiators into the state tournament after moving up from the JV squad at Riverheads.
"They've bought in to the goals we have set for this season," Coach Walters said. "The Shenandoah District prepares us well for games like this. We were able to play small ball, something Northumberland is known for and our bunts worked well."
Riverheads (15-10 overall) will play in the state semifinals at the Virginia Tech field in Blacksburg on Friday at 1 p.m.