South softball holds off Big Reds

PARKERSBURG – It wasn’t a game for the faint at heart, but the Parkersburg South softball team finally tasted victory for the first time this season on a cold Thursday evening at Godbey Fields.

Although rival Parkersburg tried to rally in the top of the seventh, Patriot right-hander Morgan Trippett got out of a bases-loaded two-out jam as the hosts nipped the Big Reds, 5-4.

The two teams not only combined for nine runs, nine hits and nine errors, but they left 21 runners on base, plunked three batters, issued 10 free passes and went a combined 1 for 22 with runners in scoring position.

Leading 5-2 and needing just three more outs for the win, Parkersburg South (1-4) appeared to be in good shape going into the top of the seventh until a pair of errors made things interesting. After Morgan Lanham reached on an infield single, Taylor Beckley and Brittany Allison loaded the bases when they reached on consecutive errors. Even though Cassidy Newbrough, who tossed 4 1-3 innings of two-hit relief, delivered a two-run, two-out bases-loaded single, Trippett closed out the affair after walking Baylee Hilling to reload the bases when she got losing Big Red hurler Rachel Slone to ground out to end it.

Slone, who didn’t make it out of the second but allowed just one hit and four unearned runs, trailed 2-0 after one. Kristen Hamilton walked and scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch and Nicole Landis reached on an error and then scored on the Big Reds’ second miscue of the game.

A two-out single by Patriot leadoff hitter Logan Somerville in the bottom of the second got things going for the hosts. Somerville scored when Hamilton reached on the third of six PHS errors and Hamilton later made it 4-0, scoring on a wild pitch.

PHS, which plays a 5:30 p.m. twinbill today versus visiting St. Albans, got back-to-back singles from Allison and Mallory Goots in the fourth. The Big Reds (5-4) cut the deficit in half thanks to RBI base on balls by Newbrough and Slone.

The Patriots, who welcome Buffalo to town for a 3:30 p.m. contest today, scored their finally tally in the fourth. After Landis walked, Trippett singled and Trinity Fury was hit by a Newbrough offering, the bases were loaded for Anna Richards. The Patriot hit a pop up in front of the PHS dugout and Slone made the play from first base, but was taken out by a sliding Allison, the catcher, and Landis scampered home with no one covering.