VIENNA-Parkersburg High, after watching its first-game rally come up short, left no doubt in the nightcap on Monday, rolling to a 10-0 win over visiting Ripley behind the three-hit pitching of Cassidy Newbrough.
Newbrough also was the hitting star for the Big Reds (11-15), driving in six runs with a pair of bases-loaded triples. Taylor Beckley had a pair of RBIs for PHS?in the win over its Mountain State Athletic Conference rival.
The Big Reds didn't score until the bottom of the fourth, finally staking Newbrough to a 1-0 lead. Then, Newbrough took over the game, hitting bases-loaded triples in the fifth and sixth frames.
Photos by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg's Morgan Lanham, left, and Ripley's Ashley Mellinger look for a call at second base after Lanham singled and advanced on outfield error during the Big Reds' 7-6 loss to Ripley Monday.
Parkersburg's Kaleigh Westfall, right, high fives teammate Arie Mercer after she scored a run in the Big Reds' 7-6 loss to Ripley Monday.
The first game was much closer.
After digging themselves into a 7-1 hole, Parkersburg battled back and had the tying run at second base with no outs before dropping a 7-6 decision.
"I'm proud of the way the girls battled back," said Big Reds head coach Ron Perdue. "We just couldn't get that hit when we needed it there at the end."
"We have played four extra inning games this season, but I would have loved to make it five," continued Perdue. "We had our chances and that's what we have to build on."
Chances are right.
Parkersburg, which pounded out three extra base hits, left nine runners on base in dropping only its second game in its last seven outings. The Big Reds tallied a solo run in the first and two more in the third and a single run in the fourth-all unearned-to head into the home half of the sixth trailing by three, 7-4.
But, what a sixth inning it was for the hosts as catcher Courtney Bee got things going with a leadoff double. After a popout by Morgan Lanham, Bee came home with the hosts' fourth run of the game on a double by second baseman Taylor Beckley.
Third baseman Brittany Allison, who has seven home runs on the season, made it a one-run game two pitches later when she laced a triple down the right field line to bring home Beckley.
Ripley pitcher Chelsey Hager, who hurled a complete-game, worked out of the jam, however, recording the final two outs without further damage.
Designated player Mallory Goots opened the home half of the seventh with a single and advanced to second one pitch later on a wild pitch.
Hager, however, was able to strike out the next two Big Reds and then induced Bee to hit into a 1-6-3 ground out to end the game.
"The only thing I could think about was to make myself bear down and focus on getting the next out," said Hager. "There wasn't a lot of time to react on that last hit, though. I'm just glad that I was able to get my glove on it to slow it down so that my fielder could make a play on it."
Ripley finished with 12 hits in the game. Ali Cunningham, Ashley Mellinger, Dusti Fisher and Hannah Ford collected two hits each.