Winter and the Warriors, though, weren't out of the woods yet. The Vikings' Dusti Fisher led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, but Winter, who relieved in the second inning, forced a groundout and a fly out before striking out the Vikings' Reiley Simpkins to end the game.
Winter finished 2 for 5 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. She also scattered nine hits and six runs (four earned) in the final six innings with three strikeouts and no walks. Amanda Cooper rapped out three hits and had three RBIs for Riverside while Chelsea Diegert knocked in two runs.
"It was just attitude and effort,'' said Riverside coach Mike Taylor, whose team seized the lead in the top of the first and never lost it. "[Our players] just played with a lot of emotion.
"We had a real good talk [Thursday] after the game. We had a little team circle that we do and I said, 'Figure this out. You've got to decide if your season's over.' They talked for 10 minutes and several of them came back with tears in their eyes. I'm proud of them. They didn't fold.''
Fisher went 4 for 4 with a double and RBI for Ripley while Kelsey Moore and Darby Peterson drove in a run apiece.
"There's no excuses, [Riverside] just outplayed us,'' said Ripley coach Ken Swisher, whose squad committed seven errors. "I guess they wanted it more than we did. We couldn't field the ball and it became contagious.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.