VIENNA - Glenville State rode the pitching of Sam Weaver to win Friday morning's opening game, eliminating Shepherd by an 8-2 count.
Weaver held the Rams scoreless for the first four innings. Meanwhile, Glenville's bats were teeing off as the Pioneers plated a pair of first inning runs, added another in the second and scored five times in the fourth frame.
GSC's first-inning started innocently enough. Following a leadoff out, Ripley's Carly Caldon was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single to center by Morgan Scarpellini, who eventually came out on a two-out single by Kayleigh Huck.
Glenville added to its lead in the second when Parkersburg South's Katelyn Porter singled to center and advanced all the way to third when the ball was misplayed. She scored on Caldon's ground ball to the first baseman, who tried to nail Porter at home but she beat the tag for a 3-0 Glenville advantage.
The Pioneers exploded in the fourth, scoring five times after two were out. Caldon and Scarpellini rifled back-to-back singles and Brittnay Spencer walked to load the bases. Huck and Meagan Lesser then drew bases loaded walks and Weaver cleared the bases with a hit to center for an 8-0 lead.
Had Weaver been able to shut down Shepherd in the top of the fifth, the game would have been over in about an hour. But the Rams avoided the eight-run mercy rule by scoring twice as leadoff singles by Bianca Biondillo and Taylor Bolton and a walk to Elisa Orlandi loaded the bases, setting up sacrifice flies by Shanan Plunkett and Jess Mason to make it an 8-2 game.
Jess Fedor relieved Weaver for the final two innings, surrendering a hit in each but not allowing Shepherd to do any further damage.
W.Va. Wesleyan 4, Charleston 2
The Bobcats stayed alive by doubling up the Golden Eagles as Omichinski earned the win and KC Carey picked up the save. Jacqui Omichinski blasted a two-run homer in the first and the Bobcats never trailed. Kendal LeFrancois had a two-run bomb in the fourth to account for Charleston's only runs.
W.Va. Wesleyan 3,
Glenville State 0
Glenville State finally bowed out of the tournament as Carey fired a six-hit shutout and recorded a half dozen punchouts. Carey not only got the mound win, but went 3 for 3 with a three-run blast. Caldon went 2 for 2 in the setback.