VIENNA - Glenville State's softball team opened play in the West Virginia Conference Softball Tournament on Thursday by participating in a pair of one-run games.
The Pioneers dropped their opener to W.Va. Wesleyan, 1-0, but managed to stave off elimination by rallying for a 6-5 win over Wheeling Jesuit.
As a result, the Pioneers will meet Shepherd in an elimination game at 10 a.m. today at the Rosemar Road Softball Complex, which playing host to the final WVIAC Tournament ever.
Glenville State's Meagan Lesser prepares to throw to first after fielding a bunt against Wheeling Jesuit as home plate umpire Dean Taylor rules the ball fair.
Glenville dropped a heartbreaker in its opener as Pioneer Sam Weaver and Wesleyan's Jacqui Omichinski locked up in a classic pitching duel that saw each surrender just two hits.
Wesleyan broke the scoreless tie when Carleigh Hall touched home plate in the bottom of the sixth inning for only run of the well- played contest.
That put Glenville in a must-win game against Wheeling Jesuit. This one was a see-saw affair that saw the Cardinals plate a run in the top of the first. But Glenville managed to bat around in its half of the frame, not only scoring three runs but leaving the bases loaded thanks to four hits and three Wheeling errors. Kayleigh Huck drove home a pair of GSC runs with a single and then scored on a double by Meagan Lesser.
Weaver, taking the hill in back-to-back games, couldn't hold the lead as Wheeling took advantage of three Glenville errors to tie the contest at 3-3 in the top of the second, even though the Cardinals didn't manage a hit in the frame.
Wheeling took a 5-3 lead in the fourth thanks to a pair of walks and a two-run single by Erica Jusko.
The game stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth. The frame that had proven Glenville's undoing in the opener became its savior in the nightcap as the Pioneers plated three runs for a 6-5 lead. Parkersburg South graduate Katelyn Porter led off with a single and Ripley's Carly Caldon added her second hit of the game. A throwing error allowed Porter to score and set up the game-wining two-run double by Brittnay Spencer.
Those were all the runs GSC would need as relief pitcher Brittany May finished the seventh inning, her third, without allowing a hit.