PARKERSBURG - Taking the lead and keeping it despite repeated Parkersburg High comeback attempts, host Parkersburg South notched a 3-2 win at Godbey Field Thursday afternoon to claim the Class AAA softball Region I, Section 2 championship in the deciding third game of the sectional tournament.
The 11-22 Patriots will now face Wheeling Park in the regional semifinals at 5 p.m. next Thursday, May 9, at I-470 Field in Wheeling.
The Big Reds, who took South to a deciding third game in the two-team best-of-three sectional format, finished their year at 15-20, but set a school record for softball wins in a season.
Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Parkersburg South pitcher Morgan Trippett, right, and catcher Trinity Fury exchange high-fives after the Patriots recorded the final out in their 3-2 Class AAA sectional championship-winning victory over Parkersburg Thursday at Godbey Field.
South, sporting a young team this season with a trio of freshman starters including pitcher Megan Bosley Thursday, gained a 2-0 advantage in the third inning.
Sydney Smith, another frosh, singled with one out and Hannah Wilson, the third South freshman starter, laid down a prefect sacrifice bunt right out in front of home plate that went for a infield single. Logan Somerville followed with a single up the middle to load the bases and Trinity Fury popped an RBI single over the drawn-in shortstop's head. Then an out later, Morgan Trippett was hit by a pitch to force in the second run.
PHS cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth frame as Courtney Bee led off with a single, Rachel Slone's sacrifice moved the runner to second and Arianna Mercer bounced an RBI single past shortstop into left field.
Class AAA Region I,
Section 2 Tournament
at Godbey Field
Parkersburg South 3, Parkersburg 2
(South wins best-of-three format, 2-1)
PHS (15-20) 000 010 1 - 2 5 2
South (11-22) 002 010 x - 3 7 1
WP: Megan Bosley, 5 IP, 1 SO, 1 BB
Morgan Trippett, 2 IP, 1 SO, 1 BB
LP: Cassidy Newbrough, 3 2/3 IP, 3 SO, 1 BB
Rachel Slone, 2 1/3 IP, 2 SO, 2 BB
PHS hitting: Morgan Lanham 1-4, RBI; Taylor Beckley 1-4; Newbrough 1-2; Courtney Bee 1-2; Arianna Mercer 1-3, RBI
South hitting: Logan Somerville 1-4; Trinity Fury 3-4, RBI; Trippett bases-loaded HBP, RBI; Kristen Hamilton 1-2; Sydney Smith 1-3; Hannah Wilson 1-2
Next game: South vs. Wheeling Park in regional semifinals 5 p.m. May 9 at I-470 Field in Wheeling
Class AA, Section 2 Final
Ritchie County 7, Roane County 0
Roane County 000 000 0 -0 2 3
Ritchie County 101 023 x -7 6 0
WP: Moie Ray 7 IP, 2 BB, 2 SO
LP: Casey Lassiter 7 IP, 3 BB, 3 SO
Roane County hitting: Amanda Hall 1-2; Casey Lassiter 1-2
Ritchie County (27-2) hitting: Vanessa Tallman 2-3, RBI; Kenna DeLancey 1-3, RBI; Cas Ray RBI; Abby Burgess 1-2, RBI
Next game: Ritchie County at Oak Glen, April 9th
Class AAA, Region 4, Section 3
Ripley 4, Riverside 0
Ripley 200 010 1 - 4 11 2
Riverside 000 000 0 - 0 6 2
WP: Chelsey Hager 7 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO
LP: Sara Winter 7 IP, 0 BB, 5 SO
Ripley (21-8) hitting: Ali Cunningham 1-3 R; Hager 2-4, 2 R, SB, RBI; Myranda Murphy 1-2, 2 RBIs; Kelsey Moore 2-4; Dusti Fisher 1-3 RBI; Ashley Mellinger 1-3, 2B; Karly Fitzsimmons 1-2; Maddie Hinzman 2-3 R
Riverside hitting: Destine Schmidt 2-3
Next game: Ripley at Riverside 6 p.m. today.
But the Patriots got a two-run margin back in their half of the fifth. Catcher Fury, who had three of South's seven hits in the game, smacked a leadoff single to left, then walks to Trippett and Kristen Hamilton loaded the bases with two outs before a wild pitch let in run No. 3 for South.
The Big Reds' final tally in the top of the seventh made the count 3-2 on a walk, two ground-ball outs to move the runner to third before Morgan Lanham hit a ball that got through South's drawn-in infield to plate the run.
But reliever Trippett, who took over on the mound for Bosley in the sixth, then cranked up a strikeout to end the game with the potential tying run at first base.
"Of course, you always want to take the lead, but the most important part is to add on to it once you get it," said South head coach Jenny Null.
She was extremely happy with Bosley's five-inning pitching stint. "I thought Megan did a great job out there for a freshman in the biggest game of the year for us," said Null.
South lost at Wheeling Park in the season opener on March 23 in only meeting this year between the two teams,
Second-year PHS head coach Ron Perdue was more than pleased with how his revitalized Big Reds played South to the hilt in all three sectional tilts. "The program is coming," he said. "'We've tried to build it from the bottom up, and I think we are getting better, To play this way against South, a quality program, is a credit to these girls wanting to get better."