South softball splits with University

PARKERSBURG – Freshman Hannah Wilson’s first career homer, a two-run shot to left in the bottom of the sixth, was supposed to have put an exclamation mark on Parkersburg South’s second win of the year.

However, visiting University and head coach Barbara Solly’s team had a different idea in mind as the Hawks rallied for an improbable 6-5 victory in the first game of a twinbill Thursday evening at Godbey Fields.

Wilson’s blast gave the Patriots what looked like a more than solid 5-1 cushion, but the Hawks pushed across five runs in the top of the seventh to saddle Morgan Trippett with the mound setback.

University 6-7-8 hitters Savannah Bryner, Ashley Compton and Alexa Greene got the rally started with a trio of singles and it was 5-2 after Greene’s RBI base knock to center. A free pass to No. 9 hitter Leah Milne loaded the bases for Kelby Hall, but she hit into a fielder’s choice and the deficit remained three as the Hawks had just two outs left.

Unfortunately for the hosts, Jamie DeSantis reached via an error and after Sarah Riddle’s RBI fielder’s choice where the throw to home was just late, the bases were loaded again in a 5-4 contest. With cleanup hitter Lexi Kolar at the plate, PSHS head coach Jennifer Null took a mound visit as the Hawk runners huddled with coach Solly. Following a pitch to Kolar, Riddle raced toward second, DeSantis did the same and came narrowly close to the bag at third. When the Patriots decided to throw to second base, Hall broke for home and scored easily as the Hawks pulled off a triple steal to tie the game.

After that, Kolar got an RBI groundout and Riddle retired the Patriots in order to close out her complete-game victory in the seventh.

Logan Somerville had given Parkersburg South a 1-0 cushion when she reached on an error and scored in the third on Trinity Fury’s RBI single. Wilson walked and scored in the fifth on Trippett’s RBI single to left-center. The Patriots took a 3-0 advantage in the sixth when Anna Richards tripled and touched home on Cheyanna Dellinger’s RBI groundout.

The Patriots (2-8) were able to pick up their second win thanks to a 12-4 victory in six innings versus the Hawks (5-8) in the nightcap.

Trippett went the distance to collect the mound triumph. Nicole Landis led the offense with three hits and a trio of runs scored while Sommerville, Wilson and Fury scored twice each.

University, which plays at North Marion’s tournament today while PSHS visits Fort Frye for a 3:30 p.m. contest, got a combined 4 for 6 effort with two doubles and three RBIs from Greene and Riddle.