Newbrough leads PHS past Patriots
PARKERSBURG – Brittany Allison cruised home with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on Cassidy Newbrough’s stand-up double to right-center here Tuesday evening at Jackson Park as host Parkersburg handed rival Parkersburg South a 4-3 setback.
Newbrough, who was the winning pitcher against the Patriots in the first showdown earlier this season, finished 2 for 4. Her RBI single to center in the bottom of the first plated Rylee Boggess, who had walked, to give the red and white of skipper Ron Perdue an early 1-0 cushion.
Parkersburg South head coach Jennifer Null’s squad, which dropped to 5-17 with senior day awaiting at 5 p.m. Friday versus Fort Frye, pushed a run across in the third to square things. Paige Gribble reached on a bunt single and scored when Logan Somerville, who went 3 for 4, produced a two-out RBI single to center.
Big Red winning pitcher Kelsey Goots, who allowed six hits and one earned run while striking out five, issued just one free pass. That came with one out in the fourth inning to Patriot Nicole Landis. Bailey Bennett followed with a single to left and the Patriots led 2-1 after Anna Richards delivered a run-scoring single to right. Goots, though, was able to get out of the jam when she fanned Gribble and got No. 9 hitter Sydney Smith to hit a comebacker.
PHS didn’t waste any time regaining the lead in the home half of the fourth. Kaleigh Westfall had an infield slap single and Taylor Beckley, who was erased when Goots reached on a fielder’s choice, had a single to right. After courtesy runner Kelsey Fleming swiped second base, she followed Westfall to the plate for a 3-2 advantage after No. 9 hitter Hailey Ball came through with a two-run single to center.
Parkersburg South put its rally cap back on in the sixth as both Landis and Bennett reached via errors. Richards then sacrificed the runners to second and third. After that, Gribble lined a shot that Boggess made a diving catch on in foul territory down the line in left. That allowed Landis to tag and even the affair at three apiece.
Despite a one-out bloop single by Somerville in the seventh, PSHS couldn’t muster another run for Smith, who was charged with the loss.
Smith, who allowed nine hits and had four strikeouts, issued her third walk of the game to Allison in the seventh and then Newbrough came through with the big hit.
PHS, which upped its record to 15-8, returns to action at 5:30 p.m. today back at Jackson Park against Magnolia for senior night.