Amanda Sawyer understood quite well the reputation Plant City’s softball program owned in Hillsborough County. So when she took over the program in 2012, she didn’t want to see it fade.
On Friday, the first-year coach upheld that winning tradition by guiding the Raiders to a 5-1 win vs. Riverview in a Class 7A-District 8 game.
With the win, the Raiders (14-5, 9-0) clinched the top seed in the district and a bye through the first round of the district tournament.
“It’s huge,” Sawyer said. “To get that bye and hopefully if the bracket works out the way it will, it’ll give us a good spot in the tournament.”
The Raiders scored five runs off 11 hits and saw four players register multiple hits. Plant City scored three runs on four hits in the second inning.
“We’ve been improving as the season went on and that second inning was very energetic,” Sawyer said. “They did really well staying in there and when they scored in the bottom of the first to tie it at 1, we came back even harder.”
Sophomore pitcher Noelle Dietrich allowed four hits and struck out five with one walk in the win. Dietrich also recorded seven putouts from the mound and helped herself with a hit and a RBI.
Emily Register had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored to lead Plant City. Kayla Newsome had two hits and a RBI for Riverview (12-7, 8-2).