VIENNA - Rain was the culprit Friday afternoon as visiting Wheeling Park and Parkersburg High tried to get in their Class AAA Region I softball semifinal at Jackson Park, but eventually the game had to halted for a second - and final - time.
With one on and one out in the top of the fifth inning and Wheeling Park ahead 3-1, the game was suspended and will be resumed at noon today.
The Big Reds took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as leadoff hitter Morgan Lanham reached base on an infield single, was sacrificed to second by Rylee Boggess, went to third on a fielding error and scored on Cassidy Newbrough's sacrifice fly to right.
But in the third, the Patriots tallied three times to take the lead. Park put together a one-out walk, Ashleigh Sidon's infield single, a two-run double by Katarina Donzella past shortstop into left field that rolled almost to the outfield fence and Keleigh Sidon's pop-up into short right that dropped in for an RBI single.
PHS had only two hits through four innings Friday to seven for Park through 4 1/3 innings. The Big Reds, though, were aggressive on the base paths, but had two runners thrown out, trying to advance from second to third on Newbrough's sacrifice fly and on an attempted steal of second in the third.
Ritchie County 1,
Oak Glen 0 (T4th)
ELLENBORO - Oak Glen has seen its opponent and surroundings, so now knows what to expect.
The question is can the Golden Bears (17-10) recover from a 1-0 deficit heading into the top of the fourth inning at Ritchie County in a Class AA, Region I semifinal.
Friday's game was halted by rain after three innings and the host Rebels (23-4) will try to finish the job when action resumes at 2:30 p.m. today.
Oak Glen head coach Morgan Martin watched freshman Hannah Clunk record six strikeouts during three innings of two-hit ball, but a walk to Little Kanawha Conference Player of the Year Kenna DeLancey proved costly.
DeLancey, who also had six punchouts and retired nine straight to start the game, fanned the Oak Glen side in the top of the first.
After reaching base to start the home half of the first, DeLancey quickly stole second. En route to stealing third, the throw was errant and she scooted home for the game's lone run.
Clark retired Vanessa Tallman on strikes to get the first out, but Rebel catcher Abby Burgess followed with a double to right-center. Emilee Phillips' outstretched glove while running at full speed into the gap almost got it, but the ball glanced off her webbing.
Burgess proceeded to swipe third and after catcher Mikayla Crane's throw got away from Ashley Pryor, Rebel head man Dave Mossor sent his senior captain home. However, Pryor managed to grab the ball a short distance away from the bag at third and fired home. Burgess slid in, but was called out.
Clunk then retired five of the next six Rebels via strikeout. The lone blemish was a four-pitch walk to Moie Ray to open the second.
Tallman had a two-out bunt single in the third, but was left stranded after stealing second when a Burgess bash to center got caught in the windy conditions.
DeLancey, who recorded three assists on comebackers by Logan Andrews, Clunk and Aly Snow, launched a shot prior to Burgess' at-bat in the third. What started just left of dead-center turned into a tough scoop catch in the gap by left fielder Erin Fields at the warning track.
Today when plays resumes, Maryssa Durante is due up to begin the top of the fourth for the Golden Bears.
Class AAA, Region III semifinal
RIPLEY -Ripley is one victory away from a berth in the Class AAA state softball tournament.
That's due to the Vikings' thrilling 2-1 Region 3 semifinal victory on Thursday night over visiting South Charleston.
The Vikings rode both the pitching and hitting of Chlsey Hager to their 21st win of the season. Hager not only went 3 for 3 at the plate, with a double and two singles, but after the Vikings scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, she took a shutout and a 1-0 lead into the top of the seventh.
That's when South Charleston's Jasmine Martin tied the game with a solo home run, one of just four Black Eagle hits.
But Ripley didn't panic. In the bottom of the seventh, Kelsey Moore's two-out single scored Dusti Fisher with the game-winning run.
As a result, Ripley will play for the regional title next Thursday evening at either Greenbrier East or Shady Spring. The winner of that game will advance to the Class AAA state tournament in Vienna May 28 and 29.
Class A, Region I semifinal
NEW MARTINSVILLE -Mallory Chapman belted a two-run homer, doubled in another run and struck out seven while throwing a one-hitter as Magnolia avenged an opening day loss to Wheeling Central by defeating the Maroon Knights 4-2 in a Class A, Region I semifinal on Friday afternoon.
Wheeling Central, which defeated the Blue Eagles 1-0 during the regular season, suffered just its second loss and ended the campaign at 25-2. Magnolia improves to 17-12 and will meet the winner of Clay-Battelle and St. Marys at 5:30 p.m. next Thursday (May 22) in a regional final in New Martinsville.
"She is a leader, and she did what a leader does," Magnolia coach Dillon Mangino said. "She's one heck of a ball player. She absolutely set the tone for us early in the game. In a lot of ways you can say she carried us. The way she plays really inspires the rest of the team."
After Audrey Gibb had walked in the first inning, Chapman delivered a one-out homer to put Magnolia in front 2-0.
"I was just looking for something I could hit, put in play and hit it somewhere maybe we could get the ball rolling," Chapman said.
The Maroon Knights took advantage of several Blue Eagle errors in the third inning and tied the game at 2.
In the fourth inning, Davianne Croasmun put Magnolia in front to stay with a sacrifice fly and Chapman added an insurance run with an RBI double in the fifth inning.
The only Wheeling Central hit against Chapman occurred with one out in the third inning.
Class A, Region I semifinal
BELMONT - Visiting Clay-Battelle and St. Marys were derailed by Mother Nature Friday evening.
The host Blue Devils (14-11) will seek a berth in the regional final versus Clay-Battelle (7-15) starting at 2 p.m. today in Vienna's Jackson Park.
Class A, Region IV semifinal
ELIZABETH - Wirt County (20-8) and Williamstown (19-8) never got underway on Friday.
The Yellowjackets, who own two wins against the Tigers, will go for a third straight beginning at 5 p.m. today back in Elizabeth.