LaDea Waderker leads Warren past South
VINCENT–With both teams coming in a needing a win in the worst possible way, it looked like the visiting Parkersburg South Patriots would be leaving with a win, scoring three runs in the top the first.
Looking like a runaway win for the Patriots, the Warren Warriors slowly came back to win 6-5 on a walk-off, two-out double to left field from LaDea Waderker Monday evening.
“This is huge for us. We started a little slow this year, so we have been moving people around like crazy. We have been coming on slowly,” Warren head coach Katie Dickson said. “I’ve told them that they have been chipping away, so I think they are starting to believe. They are getting comfortable, and things will fall into place.”
Staring at a 5-4 deficit going into the bottom of the seventh, Olivia Shutts got the rally started for the Warriors (3-9) with a leadoff single to left field.
Olivia Congleton put runners on the corners via a single that dropped between left fielder Aurora Slusher and shortstop Kelly Amos.
Patriot head coach Tim Birch then decided to intentional walk Diamond Decker to loaded the bases up with only one out.
“There were a couple of things that could happen, we got the forces everywhere,” Birch said, “Anything that’s in the air in the infield would be out with the infield fly rule, so there’s a lot of things to do.”
With what looked like a game-winning line drive to right fielder by pinch hitter Baileigh Reynolds, right fielder Kylee McCorkle made it in time for the grab, preventing a run.
In the first inning, Slusher got that hit a dribbler past third basemen Kenady Sams for a single. Slusher later reached third by stealing second and advancing on a MaKenzie Nelson wild pitch. Nelson later walked Paige Adams to have runners on the corners.
With Slusher crossing home off an Alexis Feick single, Fieck scored off Haley Hatfield grounder to second base for two runs.
Kelly Amos made it a three-run South (10-7) lead, as her RBI single was just out of reach for the second basemen, Shutts. Zoe Wells opened the first, walking leadoff-hitter Shutts.
“We are on a crazy losing streak right now, but we played better tonight, then we have in the past few games, we’ve made some mistakes in the bottom of the seventh and you can’t do that with bases loaded,” coach Birch said. “And we played better and we just go to do the smaller things better now, it’s a stinger though, no one wants to lose like that.”