South wins again
Patriots victorious over PHS in rain-shortened slugfest
To say Monday night’s rivalry softball game between visiting Parkersburg South and Parkersburg High School had a bit of everything in it would simply be a major understatement.
When it was all said and done the Patriots held on for a 21-16 victory in a game halted by heavy rains with the Big Reds batting in the last of the seventh.
Under threatening skies for most of the game it looked like South would be able send everyone home before the rain as they scored 10 times in the top of the second inning to open up a big lead.
The Big Reds got single runs in the first and third innings on long solo home runs to straight away center field by catcher Emily Allen but found themselves in a 17-2 hole at the end of three innings as South scored once more in the third and six times in the fourth.
PHS scored three times in the bottom of the fourth keyed by a two-run double from Haylee Williams but South answered with a two-spot in the top of the fifth to carry a 19-5 lead into the fifth inning with a chance to cruise to the mercy rule victory against PHS.
The Big Reds were not ready to throw up the white flag by any means as they took advantage of some wildness on behalf of the Patriots to score eight times on just two base hits to not only avoid an early ending to the game but to cut the lead to just six runs heading to the sixth inning.
PHS drew eight walks in the fifth inning including a rare intentional walk to Allen with the bases loaded.
“That just shows what kind of respect we have for her (Allen),” said South head coach Tim Burch. “I would rather give up one run in that situation than four.”
Parkersburg continued to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Allen came all the way around to score when her flyball was misplayed in right field and the throw back to the infield got away for another error.
Later in the inning a sacrifice fly by Meghan Lauderman and an RBI base hit by Rylee Jones plated two more runs and miraculously brought the tying run to the plate for the Big Reds.
South starting and winning pitcher Taylor Lamp, who had reentered the game after being relieved in the fourth inning got a huge third out to send the game to the seventh with South suddenly clinging to a 19-16 lead.
The Patriots got a clutch hit of their own to add a pair of insurance runs when Kara Snyder lined a single to right field to score Paige Adams and Makalya Sirk.
The Big Reds were robbed of any chance they may have had of completing their miracle comeback attempt when heavy rains hit with one out in the final frame securing the fifth win of the season for the Pats against six losses.
Adams led a 22-hit Patriot attack with five base-hits including a three-run homer in the 10-run second inning.
Kassidy Trimble, Snyder and Lamp each smacked three hits apiece for the winners as every single South hitter collected at least one base hit while driving in at least one run.
All but one big Red batter also collected an RBI with many coming via the free pass as the two teams combined to walk one another 22 times including 15 by South pitchers.
Jones collected three hits and drove in a pair of runs for PHS while Makailyn Munday added a pair of hits while driving in a pair and scoring twice.
The Big Reds batted around twice in the final two frames while South sent 15 hitters to the plate in the second.
“We started off strong hitting the ball and pitching and playing defense but I think our young pitching just kind of lost the zone,” said Burch. “We were ready for a TKO and then all of the sudden we couldn’t throw a strike.”
PHS head coach Jason Roberts was pleased with his teams ability to fight back in a game that would have been quite easy for them to throw in the towel.
“It was a great comeback for our young team,” said Roberts, whose team slips to 1-10 with the loss. “We had a rough start but we had a lot of young girls step up and got us back in the game.”
South is scheduled to be back in action today at home against Warren while the Big Reds host Ripley on Wednesday.