South stuns PHS in sectional

VIENNA – Parkersburg South stunned rival Parkersburg 9-1 here Tuesday evening at Jackson Park and the Patriots grabbed game one of the Class AAA, Region I, Section 2 best-of-three softball series.

Megan Bosley went the distance and tossed a five-hitter for the Patriots of head coach Jennifer Null, who watched her 5-6-7-8 hitters go 9 for 13 with four doubles and seven runs-batted-in.

“We had timely hits, which was very good and fortunate,” Null said of her now 8-21 club, which will try to eliminate the Big Reds come 5 p.m. today at Don Godbey Memorial Park after losing both games in the regular season by scores of 8-5 and 4-3. “Throughout the year we have not had timely hits.

“I mean we’ve had the spirit and spunk throughout the entire season. We just didn’t get things to go our way and today they lined up and did go our way.”

No. 5 hitter Anna Richards, who joined teammate and No. 7 hitter Bailey Bennett in going 3 for 4, reached on the first of three PHS errors to start the second. Bosley, the No. 8 hitter, came through with a two-out run-scoring single to center off losing pitcher Cassidy Newbrough (4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO) and the Patriots led for good.

Richards started the fourth with a double and scored on Bennett’s RBI single for a 2-0 cushion. The red and white got out of the inning when right fielder Taylor Beckley grabbed Bosley’s fly ball and fired to teammate Hailey Ball at first for a double play.

What should’ve been a 1-2-3 top of the fifth for Newbrough turned into a three-run inning. PSHS leadoff hitter Logan Somerville reached on a one-out error and she scored from first when Kristen Hamilton followed with a bunt and was hit with the ball on the throw to first. Trinity Fury then smacked an RBI double and Richards delivered a two-out RBI bloop two-bagger for the 5-0 advantage off relief pitcher Kelsey Goots, who allowed seven hits and four earned runs in 2 2-3 innings of work.

Rylee Boggess worked a six-pitch walk from Bosley, who issued four free passes and fanned three while giving up the one earned run, to open the fifth.

PHS, which dropped to 17-12 and left the bases loaded, finally dented the scoreboard on Baylee Hilling’s RBI double to left.

Aside from Ball reaching on an error to start the sixth, Bosley only allowed one hit after the fifth and that was a Brittany Allison single to begin the seventh.

The Patriots exploded for four runs in the top of the seventh. No. 7 hitter Nicole Landis had a two-run double down the line in left, Bennett had an RBI single to center and pinch-runner Lindsey Cox scored on Bosley’s RBI double.

“Megan Bosley pitched a good game,” said PHS skipper Ron Perdue. “They hit the ball harder than us and we made errors and baserunning mistakes. It was a lot of little things.

“We played tight and we have to get over that. They came to play and we were tight. The good thing is it’s a three-game series and we are going to be the home team at their place.”

PSHS second baseman Jenna McLain had an alert 4-3 double play in the first when she tagged out Morgan Lanham on a grounder hit by Boggess and fired to Hamilton at first.

PHS also left the bases loaded in the fourth and failed to score after Sarah Nay opened the third with a leadoff triple.