Ritchie powers past Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN – Ritchie County got back in the win column here Wednesday afternoon as the visiting Rebels tamed Williamstown, 7-1, in a Little Kanawha Conference North Division softball battle.

Sophomore right-hander Kenna DeLancey fired a two-hitter. The Rebel recorded 14 strikeouts, issued four free passes and allowed just the one unearned run during her 109-pitch effort.

Yellowjacket losing pitcher Cierra King trailed for good after the top of the first when the Rebels (7-2) struck for two runs. Becca Sullivan reached on a Yellowjacket infield error with one out and Delancey, the No. 3 hitter, sent a rocketed liner that kept slicing away from center fielder Chelsey Butler. By the time Butler scurried to the fence, DeLancey was heading toward third and easily galloped home for an inside the park home run.

Williamstown, which couldn’t do anything with King’s two-out double in the second, cut the deficit in half in the third. Catcher Kylie Powell started the frame with a base on balls, moved to second on a wild pitch and was standing on third following a passed ball. She scored when BreeAnn Reynolds reached on the Rebels’ lone error.

A Leah Kuhn solo home run to left-center pushed the Rebels ahead 3-1 in the fourth and the squad from Ellenboro tacked on four more runs in the fifth to take complete control. Vanessa Tallman started the big inning with a bunt single and raced to third on a two-base throwing error. Sullivan followed with an RBI single to center and after walks to DeLancey and catcher Abby Burgess, Moie Ray delivered a two-run single to center. Tracy Lamp’s sacrifice fly plated Burgess for the final run.

Butler walked to start the home half of the fifth, but was caught stealing by Burgess.

WHS leadoff hitter Courtney Dotson singled to right to open the sixth, but DeLancey induced a fielder’s choice from Reynolds and then fanned Ashton Chancellor and Emrie Gray, who walked in the fourth but was erased on a double play.

The Yellowjackets, now 6-4 with a 5 p.m. road game today at Belpre, got a leadoff walk from Townsend to start the seventh, but DeLancey recorded strikeouts on two of the final three hitters to close out her gem.

Ritchie County, which got a two-run homer from DeLancey during Tuesday’s 10-6 setback at Parkersburg South, plays host to Lincoln at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.