BRANDON - After starting the season 8-2, the Riverview softball team was on its way to having one of its best seasons ever.
Then, the Sharks lost five of their next six games.
"We went from 8-2 to 9-7 in the blink of an eye," Riverview coach Angela Slater said.
During the nine-team 12th annual Jon Sinclair Memorial Spring Fling Softball Tournament, the Sharks finally found their groove as they won the tournament by defeating Sickles, 10-0, in the championship game Saturday.
Riverview (13-7) scored seven runs on six hits in the first inning, two more in the third and its final run in the fourth for the 10-0 lead. The game was called in the fifth due to a 10-run mercy rule.
"In this tournament, we mixed things up," Slater said. "We bunted; we got on base with fielder's choices and in one word, scrappy. We were scrappy."
Freshman shortstop Kayleen Boatwright went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, including a two-run triple in the first inning to put the Sharks ahead 2-0, while senior infielder Dianne Gonzalez had two hits, including a three-run triple, and four RBIs with one run scored. Senior pitcher Ashley McClain, who had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored in the title game, was named the tourney MVP. She received a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Hillsborough County Umpires Association.
Junior Katie Gwinn (6-2) scattered six hits.
Sickles pitcher/shortstop Alyese Stapf was named the runner-up MVP and received a $250 scholarship.