Patriots Sweep Series

VIENNA – Nicole Landis scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the ninth via an Anna Richards run-batted-in as Parkersburg South topped rival Parkersburg 7-5 here Tuesday evening at Jackson Park to earn a sweep of the season series.

“It wasn’t our best game,” said Patriot skipper Jennifer Null, whose squad joined the Big Reds in making four errors. “We had some (fielding) errors and mental errors on the basepaths.

“I’m very proud of them that they hung with it, put the past behind them and kept moving forward.”

Morgan Trippett went the distance to beat Big Red Cassidy Newbrough, who went 3 for 5 with a key two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth as the red and white rallied for a three spot in that frame to force extra innings. Trippett allowed 14 hits and issued seven free passes, but the Big Reds just couldn’t get the big hits when they needed to.

Parkersburg, which dropped to 5-13 on the season and plays a 5 p.m. doubleheader today at Huntington, went just 2 for 17 with runners in scoring position. Not only did PHS leave at least one runner on base in each inning, but the Big Reds left the bases loaded twice – in the third and in the sixth – and stranded 17 overall. The Patriots, now 4-11 with a 4:30 p.m. road tilt today at John Marshall, stranded 10 runners and left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth.

Newbrough allowed 11 hits, walked five, fanned nine and joined Trippett in giving up just three earns runs.

Hailey Ball’s two-out double in the second gave PHS the early lead when she scored easily on Morgan Lanham’s RBI infield single. However, the Patriots answered with a three-run third thanks to Landis’ two-run double, which plated Kylee Radabaugh and Jessica Hathaway, and Trippett’s RBI single.

Mallory Goots, who went 3 for 4, singled in the fourth and scored on a Patriot error as the red and white deficit was just one at 3-2. South got single tallies in the fifth and sixth thanks to a Trippett bloop single and another PHS error that led to a run.