Area Softball Games Take Center Stage This Week
Bellaire St. John 10,
Bellaire St. John scored six runs in the top of the eighth en route to a 10-4 victory over Magnolia April 12 in the finale of the Magnolia Lady Eagle Softball Tournament.
St. John plated four runs in the top of the first frame against Blue Eagle starter Erinn Clegg. However, Magnolia slowly tied the game up by the end of the fifth, sending the contest into extra innings.
Magnolia’s Audrey Gibb and Mallory Chapman were both awarded base on balls in the first, while Gibb was knocked in by a base hit by Abby Durig. The Eagles scored twice in the third inning, when Gibb and Chapman both were insured a free ride to first. Durig singled home Gibb and Clegg walked to load the bases. Katie Blatt was walked to get credit with an RBI.
Fireworks erupted briefly when a pair of St. John coaches was ejected for repeatedly arguing strikes with the umpire – atypical for the otherwise seasoned coaches.
Chapman doubled to open the fifth and was chased home by a Clegg single that would tie the game up at four each.
The Irish thought they had taken the lead back in the top of the seventh. But the St. John batter bumped Gibb, who was trying to throw out a baserunner trying to steal third. Bellaire was called for interference and the Irish baserunner was called out to end the inning.
Magnolia opened the bottom of the seventh with a lead-off double by Davianne Croasmun. St. John intentionally walked Chapman. After another base on balls that loaded the bases, Clegg drilled one that appeared to be a hit. However, the St. John second baseman climbed the ladder to rob her of a walk-off base hit. She then tossed it to the shortstop covering second to nail Chapman on the double-play and send the game into extra innings.
Durig paced the Eagles at the plate with a pair of RBI base hits, while Clegg added an RBI single. Both Chapman and Croasmun doubled, while Jordan Grimm singled.
Clegg, who pitched the first and ninth innings, took the loss from the mound. She struck out three, while Chapman sat down 10 Irish batters.
Mussleman 1, Magnolia 0
The Mussleman Lady Applemen scored an unearned run in the top of the eighth, while the Eagles were limited to only a Croasmun single to get a 1-0 shutout in the first of two games the Eagles played in the tournament.
Magnolia didn’t get a base runner into scoring position and went down in order in four of the eight innings played.
Chapman took the loss from the circle, striking out eight and scattering four hits.
Shadyside 7, Magnolia 0
The Shadyside Tiger pitcher scattered singles to Gibb and Durig in the fourth inning, while striking out 16 batters to gain a 7-0 shutout April 10 at Shady.
Erinn Clegg struck out seven, walked two and hit a batter in taking the loss from the hill.
Lincoln 4, Magnolia 3
Lincoln scored an unearned run in the eighth to spoil Chapman’s career-high 16 strike out performance April 9 in Clarksburg.
Ashley Moore singled twice and plated a run, while Gibb added an RBI single. Croasmun and Erinn Clegg each added singles for all the Magnolia hits.
Magnolia 2, Fort Frye 1
The Eagles’ Davianne Croasmun doubled home Mallory Chapman in the bottom of the sixth inning for the game-winning run to beat Fort Frye 2-1 April 8 at the New Martinsville Hydro Field.
Chapman launched a mammoth home run in the first, while adding a single in the third. She also led off the sixth with a shot off the Lady Cadets’ short-stop, scampered to second on a picture-perfect sacrifice bunt by Abbey During and scored the game-winner on a Croasmun double. The fourth Magnolia hit came in the second stanza on an Erinn Clegg single.
Chapman was just as effective on the hill as well, striking out 11 and walking two, while limiting the heavy-hitting Lady Cadets to a pair of hits.
Cameron 10, Hundred 0
The Lady Dragons’ Linda Hall held the Hundred Hornets to a pair of singles, while adding an RBI triple to lead Cameron to a 10-0 mercy-rule shortened game April 8 in Dragon territory.
Erika Hunter took the loss from the circle. She scattered six-hits, while striking out two and walking six. Andrea Nagy and Bethany Wheeler each singled for Hundred.
Bailey Wood belted a grand-slam homerun, while teammate Caitlyn Berardi singled and blasted a three-run homer.
Paden City 15, Beallsville 7
Paden City 9, Hundred 3
The Paden City Wildcat Softball Team won a double header over the Beallsville Blue Devils 15-7 and the Hundred Hornets 9-3, April 10 at Paden City Park.
In the opener, the Wildcats brought out the lumber early, scoring five runs in the first and four more in the second frame and coasted the rest of the way.
Amber Neff got the win from the circle. She struck out three and walked four, while Taylor Cosper came in to put away seven Devils on strike outs and didn’t walk a batter. Tori Anderson belted four singles, plated one, while Neff brought home three teammates with a single and a double.
In addition, Cosper plated a run on a pair of singles, while Hannah Stanley singled and doubled in a run. Madi Cox singled in a run, while Abbey Still doubled.
In the nite cap against Hundred, Cosper did it from both the mound and the plate in helping the Lady Wildcats beat county rival Hundred 9-3. Cosper tossed a complete game three-hitter, striking out 10 batters and belting a double and a triple, while knocking in three teammates.
In addition, Cosper doubled and tripled in three runs, while Neff singled and doubled in a run. Cox singled twice and knocked in a run. Stanley had an RBI single, while Graeson Baker drilled a two RBI triple.
Paige Shriver took the loss from the mound, striking out four, while Brittany Wheeler plated two runs with a triple. Shriver and Dakota Kuhn each added singles for the Hornets.
River 9, Tyler 0
Back-to-back home runs by Haylee Bowers and Makenzie Marshall and a 10- strikeout no hitter from Gabby Goudy lifted the River Pilots to a mercy-rule 9-0 victory over Tyler Consolidated April 8 in Sardis.
Bowers knocked in the first Pilot run on a stand-up triple in the first, while adding a double in the fourth, before her blast in the fifth, to pace the Big Red Machine at the plate.
In addition, Marshall singled, homered and knocked in a pair, while Emelie Heater continued her torrid hitting with a pair of singles and a triple. Zoe Rush added a triple for the Lady Pilots, while Goudy, Rosie Romick, Mikayla Cieszeski, Madi Taylor, Monica Curtis and Lexi Piat each singled for the Pilots.
Romick, Heater and Marshall each stole a base for the Pilots, who improved their season record to 7-1 and sits on top of the OVAC Class-2A just in front of Wheeling Central.
River 11, Paden City 1
After losing only one of their eight games this season, the River Lady Pilots have put up some impressive numbers in their last two outings, including a 11-1 white-washing of Paden City April 9.
The Lady Pilots scored early and often, while hurler Monica Curtis kept the heavy-hitting Lady Wildcats in check, scattering seven hits and striking out two in a run-rule shortened game.
Taylor Cosper started on the mound for Paden City, walking two, while Amber Neff came in relief to strike out two and walk two. From the plate, Cosper singled and doubled, while Kayla Hizer added a pair of hits.
In addition, Hannah Stanley, Madaline Cox and Abby Still each reached on singles, while Still knocked in the ‘Cats’ only run of the game.
At the plate for the Big Red Machine, Rosie Romick doubled and singled twice, while plating two base runners. Haylee Bowers doubled twice and knocked in two, while Mackenzie Marshall singled and doubled. Curtis helped herself out at the plate, smacking a double.
In addition, Landyn Ramsay singled and drove in a pair, while Emelie Heater, Sierra Lancaster and Gabby Goudy each singled in a run, with Goudy also having a sacrifice and getting hit by a pitch. Brissa Marshall singled while Zoe Rush and Mikayla Ciszeski each scored a run.
After turning in a double play in their last win against Tyler Consolidated, River pulled it off twice against the Wildcats.
Magnolia 7, Ravenswood 2
Mallory Chapman smacked two singles and struck out 14 Ravenswood batters en route to helping Magnolia claim a 7-2 victory April 14 at Ravenswood High School.
The Eagles scored five runs in the third, keyed by Gibb, Croasmun, Erinn Clegg, Durig, Grimm and Stephanie Mullett singles, while Blatt raced home on a Mullett sacrifice and Grimm touched home on a Moore sacrifice.
Chapman scored on a Croasmun single in the fifth and Grimm trotted home on another Croasmun base hit in the seventh.
Croasmun knocked in two runs on three hits to pace the Blue Eagle bats, while Chapman registered two hits. Gibb, Durig, Grimm, Mullett and Durig each blasted singles, while Moore and Mullett added sacs.
“Our bats came alive against a very good softball team and Mallory was just Mallory. She has kept us in ball games with her arm, and it was nice to see the sticks come to life to give her some help,” said Magnolia Head Coach Dillon Mangino. “We have played some quality teams of late and lost some close ones. We lost two very close games to Mussleman who was ranked second in the state and to undefeated Lincoln. We took a tie into the eighth inning against undefeated St. John and lost a one-run game to Wheeling Central.”
It doesn’t get any easier for the Lady Eagles as they will host the 11-1 River Pilots Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
River 14, Caldwell 4
River 6, Caldwell 1
The Lady Pilots raced out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back in handing Caldwell a 14-4 defeat in the second game of a double header April 12 in Sardis.
Monica Curtis took the win from the mound, striking out seven, while Rosie Romick mopped up in the seventh, striking out one.
Haylee Bowers had the big stick for the Pilots with two singles and two doubles, while knocking in four runs to pace the 12-hit Big Red Machine attack. Zoe Rush and Mikayla Cisezeski each added RBI doubles, while Madi Taylor brought home a run on a pair of singles. Sierra Lancaster and Romick each added RBI singles.
Gaby Goudy struck out 13 Lady Redskin batters and added two singles to lead River to a 6-1 victory over Caldwell in the opener.
Emelie Heater singled twice, while Bowers hit an RBI triple and Romick and Curtis each added RBI doubles. In addition, Makenzie Marshall and Bailey Caldwell each drove in a run with a single. Curtis also had a sacrifice.
River 3, Buckeye Trail 0
Goudy tossed a four hitter, striking out seven from the mound, while Marshall stole a base and plated two runs on a single and a double to lead River past Buckeye Trail April 10. Taylor added an RBI single, while Curtis, Goudy, Bowers, and Romick pounded out a hit for River.