Raiders fall just short

The intensity is high on both sides as Sarasota Riverview edges Plant City 5-4.

Published April 29, 2005

PLANT CITY - In a game marred by emotions, with official's decisions questioned by both coaches, Sarasota Riverview edged Plant City 5-4 in eight innings.

Between them, Sarasota Riverview coach Perry Potella and Plant City coach Heidi Kouveras questioned six calls. Even the officials disagreed with each other at times.

Kouveras was ejected in the seventh inning and will miss one week with the Raiders, including the region quarterfinal Thursday.

The intense matchup had runners in scoring position in six of eight innings, and the lead changed four times. For the game, Sarasota Riverview had 11 hits and Plant City 10.

The Raiders scored first and had a 2-0 lead at the end of four. The Rams tied it in the fifth and the score see-sawed until the bottom of the eighth, when the Rams' ninth batter singled with two outs and came home on a single by leadoff hitter Michele Hendrickson.

"Our girls played an awesome game and will really be fired up in the regional quarterfinal Thursday," Raiders assistant coach Ken Mohler said.

"We have some class ladies on our team and the negative aspects of this game will not get them down."

"Our goal is five games away," Potella said. "This was not the same Plant City team we beat by 10 runs earlier in the season."

Kayla Adams was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Raiders. She also scored a run and had an RBI.