Lady Wildcats Finish Runnerup In OVAC Class-1A
St. John 6, Paden City 1
Bellaire St. John pitcher Hannah Absalom struck out 13 from the mound and belted a three-run home run to lead St. John to a 5-1 victory over the Paden City Lady Wildcats in the OVAC Class-A Finale at the I-470 Complex in Wheeling Saturday, May, 3.
Absalom sat the Wildcats down in order in the first, striking out the first and third batters. The ‘Cats’ hurler, Amber Neff, struck out the leadoff batter in the bottom half of the first, then walked a batter. After a wild pitch and a stolen base, St. John scored on a fielder’s choice to take a 1-0 lead after one inning of play.
After an opening strike out, Paden City got the next two batters on, but the Irish pitcher struck out the next two batters to get out of the second without any damage.
The Wildcats committed their second error of the game, but the ‘Cats’ catcher. Graeson Baker, threw the St. John runner out trying to steal. The next batter singled and moved to second on a passed ball, but the Lady ‘Cat defense finished off the frame with a nice catch by Abby Still at third to get out of the second without any damage.
Absalom struck out the side in order in the third, and then sent one over the left field fence for a two-run home run to give her team a 3-0 lead after three.
The Wildcats’ Tori Anderson pounded an infield single for Paden City’s first hit of the game. After two more strike outs, Neff walked, but Absalom struck out the next batter to get out of the frame.
Anderson robbed an Irish batter of a hit on a nice defensive play in the bottom of the fourth, and, after a walk, she would catch a routine fly ball and Neff would snag a ground out to end the fourth.
Paden City went down in order to start the fifth. But, in the bottom half, the Irish got the lead-off batter on. After a wild pitch, St. John got a bunt single that put runners on the corners with nobody out. Another wild pitch, Bellaire scored a run and added its last score on a fielder’s choice.
After a free pass, the ‘Cats’ Baker threw to first to catch the base runner napping and got the out. Madi Cox then tossed the ball to Taylor Cosper for an out. After two more Paden City errors and a passed ball, Cosper made a nice catch at short to rob the Irish of a hit to get the Lady ‘Cats out of the inning without any further damage, but down 5-0.
After a strike out in the top of the sixth, St. John committed two errors that put runners on the corners. Neff followed with an infield single to score Anderson, but the Irish got out of the jam without any further damage.
St. John added a bunt single, but, again, Cosper would make a nice grab to end the sixth. After two outs in the top of the seventh, Cosper drilled a single to right and scampered to second on a heads-up play. However, the Irish second baseman made a nice play to end the game.
Neff took the loss from the mound, striking out one and walking three, while giving up three-hits. Offensively, she added an RBI single, while Anderson and Cosper each singled for Paden City.
Paden City 5,
Megan Pierce drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth to help Paden City reach the OVAC Class-1A title game May 1 at I-470 ball fields in Wheeling.
Madi Cox drove in Anderson to break a 3-3 deadlock in the seventh that gave the Wildcats the lead, but Madonna scored a run with a two-out single in the bottom half to send it to extra innings.
Neff started and struck out two and walked three from the circle for Paden City, while Cosper pitched the final four frames, sitting down the Blue Dons in order in the eighth. She struck out three and walked one, to gain the victory.
Cosper had three hits for the Lady ‘Cats, while Pierce added two, including the game-winning RBI. Cox smacked an RBI double to lead the Wildcats at the plate.
Steubenville Catholic 6, Magnolia 1
Mallory Chapman struck out 11 Steubenville batters, while smacking a single and a double, but it wasn’t quite enough to get past the Crusaders 6-2 in the OVAC Class 3-A softball championships.
Abby Durig also belted a single and a double for Magnolia, while Davianne Croasmun singled a home run for the Eagles’ only score.
The OVAC Class-2A top-seed River Pilots held Shadyside to five-hits, but it would take more than that to overcome the Lady Tigers, who scored on a two-out double in the seventh to top River 1-0 in the OVAC semifinals May 1 at I-470 in Wheeling.
The Lady Pilots’ Monica Curtis limited the Tigers to five hits, struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter in taking the loss from the circle. Meanwhile, Mackenzie Marshall drilled a double and Rosie Romick, Emilie Heater and Landyn Ramsay each singled for the Pilots.
Brooke 2, Magnolia 1
Brooke 9, Magnolia 0
Magnolia out-hit the Brooke Bruins in game one of a double-header, but in the end, it was the Lady Bruins who walked away with a 2-1 victory in game one. In addition, they thumped the Eagles 9-0 in a nite-cap shutout May 3 at New Martinsville’s Hydro Field.
Chapman took the loss in game one, striking out nine and walking one, while Durig and Katie Blatt doubled for the Eagles in game one. In game two, Jordan Grimm singled twice, while Erinn Clegg took the loss from the mound with three strikeouts and zero walks.
Paden City 1
Williamstown scored four runs in the second and four more in the fifth to help defeat Paden City 9-1 in softball action May 3 in Paden City.
Cosper, Neff, Madison Kelly and Katie Shreves combined on an eight-hitter from the mound, while Shreves singled, and Still doubled to lead the Wildcats at the plate.
River 10, Valley 0
River 10, Valley 0
Rosie Romick fired a no-hitter, striking out 10 in three and a half innings in game one, while Bailey Caldwell tossed a one-hitter in game two, striking out six and walking none to lead River to identical 10-0 shutouts May 2 in Sardis.
In the opener, Haylee Bowers doubled and tripled, while knocking in a pair, and Gabby Goudy and Mikayla Cieszeski each singled twice to pace the 10-hit Big Red Machine batting attack.
Curtis tripled, while Heater, Elizabeth Brennenkamp and Brissa Marshall each added singles, while Mackenzie Marshall was hit by a pitch and Lexi Piatt each walked for the Pilots.
For the Lady Lumberjills, Bre Harris and Angela Sharpe each struck out four, with Harris getting the only hit for Valley.
In the nite cap, Curtis singled twice, while Goudy, Bowers, Romick and Mackenzie Marshall each added singles. Piatt, Caldwell, Mackenzie Marshall, Sara Kinsey and Zoe Rush each knocked in a run, while Bowers knocked in two.
Lady ‘Jills Sharpe and Harris combined to strike out seven batters, but walked nine.
River 11, Beallsville 1
The homestanding Lady Pilots pushed across three runs in the second and six more in the third inning to help give the hosts a 11-1 victory over the Beallsville Blue Devils May 5.
Monica Curtis did it on the mound and at the plate, leading the Pilots with three RBI singles and had a sacrifice, while tossing four innings, striking out one and walking one in gaining the nod from the mound.
Rosey Romick pitched the last two frames, striking out two and not walking a batter.
Madi Taylor chipped in with a single, double and two RBIs, while Bailey Caldwell drilled a single.
Emilie Heater and Haylee Bowers each had a pair of stolen bases.