Ritchie softball wins two, improves to 21-2

ELLENBORO – Host Ritchie County survived Lincoln with a 7-6 victory and concluded Saturday afternoon with a trio of long balls in an 11-0 three-inning perfect-game triumph by Moie Ray versus Frontier as the Rebels improved to 21-2.

The Rebels played their second game without the services of veteran softball mentor Dave Mossor, who was out with a school-issued one-game suspension. However, the Rebels didn’t let that bother them one bit as Cass Ray had a two-run bomb, Micah Ray added a solo shot and Kenna DeLancey blasted a three-run walk-off tater.

In the middle game, Lincoln (16-9) used a nine-run third en route to posting a 10-2 six-inning win against Frontier, which dropped to 3-14.

During the early morning affair between Lincoln and Ritchie County, DeLancey finished with a complete-game effort which featured 13 strikeouts against just one walk. She allowed seven hits and three earned runs while Allison Winans was charged with the mound setback.

Lincoln took a 4-3 lead after plating a run in the top of the fifth when Megan Ernest reached on an infield single and later scored on a wild pitch. Ritchie County, which is set to play Monday at Doddridge County, answered with two runs in the home half of the inning to take the lead for good. Cass Ray doubled and scored on Micah Ray’s sacrifice fly. Becca Sullivan walked, stole second and then came home on Michaela Smith’s RBI double to left-center.

The Rebels tacked on two more runs in the sixth to go up 7-4. Hannah Stout reached on an infield bunt single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before crossing the plate on DeLancey’s RBI infield single. After DeLancey swiped second, she scored the final run on Cass Ray’s RBI base knock to left.

Lincoln, which received a pitching win from Sammi Elder (6 IP, 1 BB, 11 SO) versus Frontier along with a pinch-hit three-run triple from Alexis McKane, tried to force extra innings against the Rebels, but only pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh. Emily Knight singled and Mikayla Prunty drew a two-out free pass, which was followed by Winans’ two-run double to right.

Moie Ray recorded five strikeouts in her perfect game and was supported not only by the three home runs, but also a pair of RBI doubles by Rachel Haddox down the line in left. Rebel Vanessa Tallman scored three times and swiped two bases against Frontier, which saw DeLancey finish with four RBIs thanks to a first-inning RBI triple.

Frontier actually staked itself to a quick 2-0 advantage in the top of the first against Lincoln. Heather Ogaz walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch while teammate Taylor Rinard had a bunt single and crossed the plate on Laken Camino’s RBI groundout.

However, the Lincoln bats woke up against losing pitcher Chelsea Hays in the third. Not only did McKane have her bases-clearing triple, but Makayla McEwayne had a two-run single.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com