Gilmer softball tops Wirt

ELIZABETH – Gilmer County scored eight times in the fifth inning, erasing a 6-1 deficit here Friday as the visiting Titans swept the season series from Wirt County by picking up a 14-9 Little Kanawha Conference South Division softball victory.

Jamie Conrad drove in three runs while Julie Bishop, Morgan Allen and Kayla Furby had two runs-batted-in apiece for the Titans, who got a 3 for 4 effort including three runs scored from leadoff hitter Tiffany Young.

Lexi Hacker worked four innings to earn the mound triumph and Bishop collected the save by tossing the final three frames. Tiger starter Lexie McMillan allowed just two hits and was lifted after hurling a pair of scoreless innings. Gilmer County, now 16-4 overall and 8-3 in the LKC South, scored once in the third against losing Tiger left-hander Emily Ohrn before exploding in the fifth. McMillan came back in to pitch the final two frames and allowed five unearned runs in the top of the seventh.

The Tigers, who dropped to 9-9 overall and 4-5 in the LKC South, took an early 1-0 lead when Leah Haines singled in the second and scored on Katie Leadmon’s RBI double to right-center. The Titans tied things in the top of the third when Young singled and eventually scored on Conrad’s RBI fielder’s choice.

Things starting going the way of the orange and black in the third when Ohrn started the frame with a leadoff triple. McMillan followed with an RBI groundout.

After that, Wirt County loaded the bases thanks to a Shania Tanner single and consecutive free passes to Katie Tichnell and Sarah Frame. Haines then drew a bases-loaded free pass for an RBI and it was 4-1 Tigers after Leadmon laced an RBI single to right.

The Titans, who return to action when Doddridge County comes to town on Tuesday, trailed 6-1 after Tanner and Frame came through with RBI hits in the fourth.

However, Gilmer County took control of the game when it sent a dozen batters to the plate in the fifth. No. 9 hitter Kayla Furby got it started with a single to right and the second time up she delivered a two-run single to center. Conrad had a two-run double in the frame while Ayla Young and Emilie Jedamski had consecutive RBI base knocks. Tiffany Young also had an RBI two-bagger.

Wirt County, which plays two games today at Clay County with the first tilt starting at 3 p.m. versus Fairmont Senior, pushed across two runs in both the fourth and sixth to close the gap to 9-8. Tanner and Frame had runs-batted-in during the fourth while Leadmon had an RBI double and Mady Campbell an RBI single in the sixth.

The orange and black should’ve had an easy top of the seventh, but an error opened the gates for the Titans to tack on five more runs. Bishop and Allen each collected two-run singles and the Tigers’ lone tally in the seventh was an RBI single by Frame, who joined Leadmon in going 3 for 4.