VIENNA -First-time state softball participants generally get overwhelmed by the experience and make a fast exit.
Somebody forgot to tell the members of the Hurricane High School Redskins.
On Friday, the only newcomer in the Class AAA field not only claimed the big school state championship, but did so in dominating fashion.
Photos by Jeff Baughan
Hurricane Redskin teammates pile up at home plate after defeating Wheeling Park, 5-0, to win their first Class AAA state softball championship Thursday .
By eliminating Jefferson, 5-3, in Thursday morning's loser's bracket final, Wheeling Park earned another crack at Hurricane. The Patriots and Redskins had opened the Class AAA tournament on Wednesday morning with Hurricane emerging with a well-played, closely-contested 2-1 victory.
The championship contest wasn't nearly as close. Hurricane pitcher Courtney Rogers scattered five hits, all singles, in hurling a 5-0 shutout. Meanwhile, Hurricane was banging out 11 hits of its own, including an RBI double and an RBI single by Rogers.
Cassie Sargent had a double and triple for the Redskins, who took a 2-0 lead in the third inning and never were in danger of losing their advantage or their grip on the championship.
State tournament pairings
At Jackson Park, Vienna
Hurricane 2, Wheeling Park 1
Jefferson 3, Ripley 2
Wheeling Park, Ripley 3
Hurricane 11, Jefferson 4
Loser's bracket final
Wheeling Park 5, Jefferson 3
Hurricane 5, Wheeling Park 0
Wheeling Park 000 000 0 - 0 5 1
Hurricane 002 021 x -5 11 1
WP: Courtney Rogers 7 IP, 4 SO, 2 BB
LP: Carly Greer 6 IP, 1 SO, 1 BB
Wheeling Park hitters: Colleen Tracy 2-3
Hurricane hitters: Cassie Sargent 2-3, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI; Rogers 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Maddie Hebb 2-3, double, run; Nicole Pierson 2-3, run
Hurricane (33-6: Madison Casto, Courtney Rogers, Linzie Reynolds, Cassi Sargent; Wheeling Park (22-7): Ashleigh Sidon, Carly Greer, Skylar Carrington; Jefferson (21-10): Lauren Lewis, Alexandra Witt; Ripley (24-12): Chelsey Hager
Sportsmanship Award: Jefferson
Wayne 4, Ritchie County 1
James Monroe 2, Petersburg 1
Ritchie County 12, Petersburg 0 (5 innings)
Wayne 14, James Monroe 1, 4 innings (Wayne awarded 7-0 forfeit)
Wayne 5, James Monroe 1
J. Monroe 100 000 0 - 1 2 3
Wayne 202 010 x - 5 5 2
WP: Jessie Rowe 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
LP: Mikayla Wickline 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO
James Monroe (25-7) hitting: Bailee Jackson R; Samantha Ferguson 1-3, 2B; Wickline 1-3
Wayne (29-6) hitting: Jessica Watts 2 R, 2 SB; Jacey Parsons 1-3, 2 R, SB, RBI; Kasey Endicott 1-1 R, solo HR (5th), 3 RBIs; Allie Maynard 1-2 RBI; Payton Fetty SB; Anna Caassidy SB; Rowe 1-2; Olivia Followay SB; Savannah Perry 1-3
Loser's bracket final
James Monroe 2,
Ritchie County 1 (8 inn.)
Ritchie County 000 010 00 - 1 1 2
James Monroe 000 100 01 - 2 7 0
WP: Mikayla Wickline 8 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 SO
LP: Moie Ray 0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
Kenna DeLancey (starter) 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
Ritchie County (30-4) hitting: Leah Kuhn 1-2, 2B, RBI; Rachel Haddox R
James Monroe (25-6) hitting: Jackson 1-4; Megan Bailey 1-2 R; Hillary Hersman 1-4 R; Laine Shiflett 2-4 RBI; Ferguson 1-2 RBI; Kelsie Gillespie 1-2
Sportsmanship Award: Petersburg
All-tournament team: Petersburg - Marley Thompson; Ritchie County - Moie Ray, Kenna DeLancey; James Monroe - Mikayla Wickline, Samantha Ferguson, Laine Shiflett; Wayne - Jessie Rowe, Jessica Watts, Jacey Parsons, Emily Thompson
Buffalo 1, Wheeling Central 0
Moorefield 3, Man 2
Wheeling Central 5, Man 2
Moorefield 1, Buffalo 0
Loser's bracket final
Moorefield 7, Wheeling Central 6
Wheeling Central 102 001 2 - 6 16 2
Moorefield 031 002 1 - 7 10 2
WP: Dani Rogers 7IP 16H 6R 6ER 3BB 2SO
LP: Madison Basinger 2.1IP 2H 3R 1ER 1BB 1SO
Sarah Henry 4IP 8H 4R 4ER 0BB 1SO
Leading hitters: Wheeling Central - Joni Zavolta 1-4, run; Cara Stahl 1-4; Allie Cook 4-4, 2 runs, RBI; Sydney Bennington 1-3, run, RBI; Vanessa Saseen 3-4, run; Megan Griffin 2-2. Moorefield - Beth Cook 2-4, 2 runs; Brooke Riggleman 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBIs; Jayme Fraley 1-2, 2 runs; Taylor Zuber 2-3, 2 runs; Shayna Vetter 2-3, 2B, run, 2RBIs; McKenzie Weese 1-2, 2 RBIs.
Buffalo 1, Moorefield 0
Moorefield 000 000 0 - 0 9 0
Buffalo 100 000 x - 1 5 2
WP: Ali Burdette 7IP 9H 0R 0ER 0BB 8SO
LP: Taylor Zuber 6IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 5SO
Leading hitters: Moorefield - Beth 2-4, 2B; Michaela Regester 1-4; Brooke Riggleman 1-4; Katelyn Wills 2-3, 2B; Jayme Fraley 1-2, Taylor Zuber 1-2; Ashley Rexrode 1-3. Buffalo - Ali Burdette 2-3, 2B, HR, run, RBI; Chase Christy 2-3, Olivia Dunn 1-3.
Records: Wheeling Central 22-10; Moorefield 28-5; Buffalo 34-4.
All-Tournament team: Allie Cook (Wheeling Central), Danica Rogers (Moorefield), Chase Christy (Buffalo), Joni Zavolta (Wheeling Central), Chelsey Parkins (Buffalo), Brooke Riggleman (Moorefield), Sarah Henry (Wheeling Central), Ali Burdette (Buffalo), Beth Cook (Moorefield), Kelly Grmmett (Man).
Team Sportsmanship Award: Man.
Both of Hurricane's third-inning scores came after the inning opened with two outs.
When Nicole Pierson beat out a single to the shortstop, it didn't seem all that significant as Patriot starting pitcher Carly Greer had little trouble handling the Redskins her first time through the order. That's when Sargent blasted a triple to right, scoring Pierson with the first run. Before Hurricane fans could get back in their seats from cheering that score, they had another to whoop about as Rogers delivered a single to right.
Speaking of Rogers, she had little trouble shutting down Wheeling Park's usually potent bats. The Patriots finally threatened in the fifth inning when Colleen Tracy led off the inning with her second single of the contest and advanced to second when the ball was bobbled. But she got no further than third base as Rogers preserved her shutout.
Then came the bottom of the fifth, when Hurricane padded its lead. Leadoff hitter Madi Casto led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on Pierson's sacrifice. Then came back-to-back RBI doubles by Sargent and Rogers. It was 4-0 Hurricane and one could sense the end was near.
The Redskins tacked on another score in the sixth, loading the bases on singles by Maddie Hebb, Casto and Pierson, with pinch-runner Haley Webb eventually scoring on a fielder's choice.
Trailing 5-0 in the top of the seventh, Wheeling Park got its first two runners on base. But any thoughts of a stunning comeback quickly were erased when Hurricane first baseman Hebb snared a line drive and stepped on first for a double play that put the Redskins one out away from making school history. That out came on Rogers' fourth strikeout of the game and the celebration was on.
Hurricane, which finished 33-6, placed four players on the all-tournament team -Rogers, Sargent, Casto and Linzie Reynolds. Representing Wheeling Park (22-7 including a regional win over defending state champion John Marshall ) on the honor squad were Greer, Skylar Carrington and Ashleigh Sidon. Lauren Lewis and Alexandra Witt represented Jefferson (21-9), which also received the sportsmanship award, and Chelsey Hager was the lone selection for Ripley (24-12).