Area Baseball And Softball Teams Making Move
Valley 9, Hundred 3
Valley Lumberjack Alex Henderson limited the Hundred Hornets to three extra base hits, while striking out a career-high 12 batters, en route to a 9-3 Lumberjack victory March 31 in Pine Grove.
Lumberjack Freddie Guthrie blasted a single and a home run to power the ‘Jacks, while Cody Scott added a double to spoil the Hornets’ season-opener.
River 2, Caldwell 1
River Lady Pilot infielder Chelsea Wax singled, stole second, and scored the wining run on a Kaitlyn Owens sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the eighth, as the Lady Pilots evened their record to 1-1 March 31 at Sardis after out-lasting Caldwell 2-1.
Wax and Erika Williams each singled twice to lead the Pilots, while Cheyenne Romick struck out eight and got the win from the mound.
Magnolia 7, P. South 0
Magnolia senior hurler Andrew Robinson tossed his third shutout and won his fourth game of the year April 9 as the Blue Eagles improved their record to 7-0 to stay unbeaten, as they took care of OVAC newcomer Parkersburg South at Parkersburg South High School.
Robinson struck out 13, while not issuing any free passes in the seven-inning, five-hit shutout. He also helped himself out at the plate with a double and pair of singles, while knocking in a run. Besides Robinson’s heroics, Davey Howell added two singles and plated three RBIs. Justin Fox continued to add to his impressive offensive numbers with a double and a triple, while bringing home a run. Landon Herrick also added a pair of singles for the Big Blue.
Magnolia 5, W. Park 0
The Blue Eagles stayed perfect on the season after beating Wheeling Park 5-0 April 2 at George Mullett Field April 2.
The Magnolia bats pounded Park’s pitching right from the get-go. Justin Fox went the distance, striking out seven, while walking one to pick up the win. He scattered three hits in gaining the shutout.
Fox did most of the damage for the Eagles offensively, as well. He singled and doubled, while knocking in two. Davey Howell and Treah Keller both added an RBI, with Howell knocking in his RBI on a double.
Magnolia 8, Cameron 6
The Lady Eagles spotted the Cameron Dragons two runs in the third inning of a game April 2, but took things into their own hands and scored seven runs in the fifth inning to beat the Lady Dragons 8-6.
In the seventh – with a Cameron run already in and two on, Tori Tharp came in relief, striking out the last two batters to gain the save.
Abby Horner paced the Eagles with a pair of singles and a double, while Simmons helped herself out at the plate, adding a couple singles to lead the Eagles.
The wind was blustery, which causes a lot of defensive miscues on both sides. Cameron took the most advantage of the, scoring three of their runs on blunders on the field caused by the nasty wind.
Magnolia 3, M Central 1
Magnolia freshman Tori Tharp was on her game as she struck out 12 and walked none in a 3-1 victory over the previously undefeated Monroe Central Lady Seminoles at Woodsfield, April 8.
Tharp’s classmate, Abby Horner, provided the pop with a single and a home run for the 6-1 Lady Blue Eagles.
Magnolia 7, Oak Glen 1
Magnolia 14, Oak Glen 0
The Magnolia Blue Eagle Baseball Team is still undefeated after beating the Oak Glen Golden Bears 7-1 and 14-0 in a double header sweep April 4 at George Mullett Field in New Martinsville.
In the second game, Eagle senior standout Andrew Robinson tossed a mercy-rule shortened no-hitter, sitting down eight Golden Bear batters. He also hit a double and a triple to hit for the cycle. In the first contest, he smacked a single and a home run.
In addition, Davey Howell, Jordan Ash, Treah Keller, Mason Rine, Justin Fox and Landon Herrick each added multi hits on the night. Howell added a pair of singles, smacked a double and brought home four Eagle base runners. Ash singled and went yard, while plating two runs. Keller brought home two runs on a trio of singles, while Rine brought home one run on two singles. Fox added three RBI singles, while Herrick drilled a pair of singles and blasted a two RBI double.
Seth Pay won his second game of the season in the opener, striking out five and walking five.
In the double header, the Blue Eagle bats pounded Golden Bear pitching with 21 runs, 23 hits, a triple, four doubles and two home runs against the quality Class AA Oak Glen squad.
Magnolia 10, River 3
A five-run fifth and a three RBI double by Justin Fox highlighted Magnolia’s third straight win of the season by the score of 10-3, as the Blue Eagles disposed of the River Pilots at Rick Bonar Park in Hannibal March 31.
Andrew Robinson picked up the win from the mound, striking out seven, while walking one. Fox came in relief and struck out two to get the save. He also paced the offense with his bases-loaded double, while Jordan Ash and Davey Howell each added an RBI single.
Daniel Starr paced the Pilots ‘Lumber Company with a two-RBI double.
Paden City 14, Hundred 0
The Paden City Wildcat bats scored 12 of their 14 runs in two innings, while hurler Wes Cosper held the Hundred Hornets to only a Corey Kimble double, in a 14-0 shut out victory, April 9 in Hundred.
Cosper struck out 10 and walked one in an impressive pitching performance. He also chipped in with three singles and plated three runs, while Ryan Thoburn drilled a two-run home run.
Malakai Anderson, who continues to shine at the plate this season, added a pair of RBI singles, while the “Doctor,” Ricky Wright, operated on Hornet pitching with a single and a double. He also brought home two RBIs. Zach Yost contributed an RBI single.
Paden City 9, Bridgeport 6
The Paden City Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the sixth and held on for a 9-6 victory over the Bridgeport Bulldogs March 31.
Both teams scored early, but it was only the ‘Cats that scored often, plating runs in each of the first four innings. Three came in the first with one each following in the next three.
Bridgeport answered in the second with three runs and one in the fourth, but couldn’t match the overall firepower of the Wildcat offense.
Wes Cosper picked up the win, pitching 6-1/3 innings with six strikeouts. At the plate, he had two hits and two RBIs. Ryan Thoburn came on in relief to retire the final two batters via strikeout and picked up the save in the process.
Malakai Anderson added two doubles and Chaz Heasley went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Josh Bennett added a double and an RBI. Chris Loy also singled for the ‘Cats.
Paden City 13, Beallsville 0
The Wildcats returned to Paden City April 1 to face Beallsville, an impromptu home game as a result of the weather making the Devils’ field unplayable.
Not only did the ‘Cats ignore the weather, but they had a field day with the visitors in a no-hit bid by Malakai Anderson, scoring 13 runs in the mercy-rule invoked five-inning game.
Anderson fanned over half of the Blue Devils batters with nine. He allowed only two base runners the entire game, both of whom reached in the first inning. From there, he was nearly flawless.
The Paden City offense easily took care of the scoring with five runs in the first and third inning and three coming in the second.
Ricky Wright provided some excitement with a home run blast in the third. He finished 2-3 with two RBIs.
Other leading hitters included Ryan Thoburn, who went 1-2 with a double and two RBIs; Wes Cosper, who went 1-2 with a double and an RBI; Chaz Heasley with an RBI on a single; Chris Loy, who singled and tallied two RBIs; and Keith Kline who blasted a shot to the fence and rounded the bases for a triple and an RBI.
The Hundred Hornets were the next Wildcat victim on April 2 in a Mason-Dixon conference game.
The Wildcats flexed their muscles once again in the early going with five runs in the first and another in the second.
The ‘Cats hit a little turbulence that allowed the Hornets to score one in the top of the fourth. But Paden City responded by scoring seven runs in their next at bat.
After shutting out Hundred in the fifth, the mercy rule took effect and Paden City remained undefeated.
Ryan Thoburn picked up the win with eight strikeouts. Anderson helped immensely with two doubles, two singles and three RBIs.
Cosper added a single with two RBIs and Wright added two singles with an RBI. Heasley added a single and three RBIs.
Dalton Kuhn took the loss from the mound. He struck out two and walked two. Tyler Tedrow came in relief and struck out one and walked two. Tedrow and Corey Kimble mustered the only two hits for the Hundred Hornets.
Parkersburg C 15, PCHS 2
After a day off, the Wildcats traveled to Wood County to battle the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders in a doubleheader. In game one, the Wildcats were rudely awakened as the hosts got to starting pitcher Wes Cosper, and subsequently Chaz Heasley, for a 12-run first.
The Crusaders added two more in the second inning and one in the fourth as insurance runs. The usually strong and dominant Wildcat offense was held to just six hits.
Thoburn went 2-3 with an RBI. Cosper hit 2-3 with a double, while Wright went 1-3 with a double and an RBI and Loy doubled.
Paden City’s runs came in the second and fifth frames. But, by that time, it was too late as Catholic’s first inning paved the way for a 15-2 win.
PCHS 14, Parkersburg C 3
Game two was an entirely different ball game, literally and figuratively. Again, the Crusaders scored in the first, but that was about the only thing similar between the two games.
The Paden City offense came back to life and scored two runs in the second frame and three more tallies in the third. After Catholic came back to make a game of it, with two runs in the third and a scoreless fourth, Paden City put the game out of reach with a nine-run fifth inning to make it 14-3.
Wright had a single an a double, while sending home a pair of Wildcat base runners to lead the ‘Cats’ attack. Anderson singled and scored a pair of runs, while Cosper brought home two runs on a base hit. Thoburn and Mitchell Stewart, meanwhile, each added RBI singles and Loy drilled two singles and brought home a run.
Donahue 6, Paden City 3
Paden City’s Kim Davis struck out 11 homestanding Bishop Donahue batters, but the Lady ‘Cats lost 6-3 March 30 in a pitchers’ dual.
The ‘Cats took a 3-2 lead in the fourth, but Donahue sent three runners across the plate in the fifth to gain the hard-fought nod.
Amber Palmer led the ‘Cats offensively, plating a run with a pair of singles, while Davis knocked in two runs with a single.
The Wildcats are on the road April 1-4 and will host Valley on April 6 at 5 p.m.
Paden City 12 , Beallsville 5
The Paden City Lady Wildcats broke out of a mini-slump with an exciting win over Beallsville April 1.
The Lady Blue Devils appeared to have momentum in their favor with a 3-0 lead in the in the third. But the Lady ‘Cats batted around the order with six runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead.
Beallsville came back with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to put the pressure back on Paden City.
The Wildcats scored a run in the fifth to bring them closer and set up an exciting finish. In the bottom of the seventh, the ‘Cats would put on base runners and advance two of them all the way around with a walk-off hit, bringing home Sydney Frye to score the winning run.
Kim Davis recorded the win coming on in relief for LeeAnn Butcher, who had three strikeouts. Davis finished with seven. She also kept her team in the game from the plate with a single and a double, while plating three.
Offensively, the Lady ‘Cats were led by Alli Bertozzi with two triples and three RBIs. Vicki Yurisko added three hits with a double and an RBI, while Butcher singled and tallied two RBIs.
Paden City 15, Hundred 0
Butcher would get her win the very next day with an impressive two-hit shutout, striking out four and walking three over rival Hundred on April 2.
The ‘Cats scored seven in the opening frame, followed by two runs in the second inning and six in the fourth for a 15-0 mercy-rule shortened game.
Davis again had a strong offensive showing with a double, two singles and three RBIs. Yurisko added two hits, including a double with three RBIs. Amber Palmer singled twice and garnered an RBI.
Marcy Woods took the loss for Hundred, striking out five PC batters, but walking seven. Lindsay Burley had the big blast for Hundred, drilling a triple for the Lady Hornets.
Paden City 15, Parkersburg C 13
On April 4, the Lady ‘Cats traveled to Parkersburg for a doubleheader with the Wood County Crusaderettes. The two teams would split the bill in two exciting and high-scoring affairs.
In the opener, Paden City raced out to 10-1 lead after two and a half innings. However, the Crusaderettes then made their charge with five runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to two with two runs in the fourth.
After a scoreless inning in the fifth, the ‘Cats added two runs in the sixth, but the Crusaderettes responded with a run in the bottom of the frame.
Paden City scored three much-needed runs in the top of the seventh. It was a good thing, because Wood County put on its rally cap, scoring four runs. However, the Crusaderettes fell little short and the Lady ‘Cats prevailed, 15-13.
Parkersburg C. 16, PCHS 15
In the second game, the Wildcats scored in every inning but one. But, the Crusaderettes also scored at least two runs in every inning except one en route to a 16-15 win.
Paden City scored seven runs by the third, but after that, the host’s defense would limit the Wildcats to one run in three of the last four innings.
During that time, Parkersburg tallied five runs in the fourth and two runs in each of the last three innings to win, 16-15.
Yurisko scored three runs, while hitting safely three times. She also plated a run, while Palmer, Kline and Butler each smacked a pair of singles to lead the way offensively for Paden City.
Davis came on in relief in the seventh, but gave up the save. She was an out away as she struck out the first two batters.
Paden City 4, River 2
The Lady Wildcats of Paden City High School scored single runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings and Kim Davis won her fifth game of the season, striking out 10 and walking three in a 4-2 victory over the Lady Pilots of River High School on April 8 at Paden City Park.
Alli Bertozzi and Vicki Yurisko each singled and doubled to help lift the Lady ‘Cats over the .500 mark at 6-5, while Dominique Craft chipped in with a pair of singles. Davis helped herself out at the plate as well with an RBI single.
Lady Pilot hurler Cheyenne Romick struck out six and walked only one in taking the loss from the mound. Rachel Beisel, who missed the cycle by a home run, had a single, double, triple and knocked in a pair to lead the Pilots’ offense.
Paden City 8, Donahue 4
The Paden City Wildcats moved to 4-0 on the young baseball season after knocking off Bishop Donahue, 8-4 March 24 at Paden City Park.
Bishop scored first in the top of the first, but the Wildcats evened the count in the bottom half and increased their advantage with a pair of runs in the second and one more in the third inning to forge out to a 4-1 lead.
Up to this point, the ‘Cats’ Malakai Anderson was cruising, striking out five, but got a little wild and gave up a four spot in the fourth frame, while walking three batters for a 5-4 Donahue advantage.
However, Paden City’s Wes Cosper entered the game and shut down the Bishops the rest of the way, while the ‘Cats put on their hitting caps and scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to gain the nod. Cosper picked up the win from the mound, striking out five batters and walking none.
The hitting star for the Wildcats was the ever dependable Ryan “Yaz” Thoburn with an RBI single and an RBI double. Other ‘Cats slapping hits included Cosper, who knocked in a pair of teammates on a single. In addition, Chris Loy, Zach Yost and Josh Bennett each added singles. Anderson was also credited with a single on a beautiful placed bunt.
The Wildcats were rained out of games with Cameron, Hundred and Weirton Madonna, but – weather permitting – they will travel to Beallsville April 1 at 5 p.m. and will host Frontier April 3 also at 5 p.m.
Shadyside 4, River 1
The River Lady Pilot Softball Team fell to 1-2 on the season after dropping a 4-1 verdict to Shadyside April 1 at Sardis.
Erika Williams led the way offensively for the Lady Pilots with a pair of singles, while teammate Felicity Caretti added a triple.
Cheynee Romick was the hard-luck losing pitcher once more. She struck out one and blanked the Lady Tigers in five of the seven innings.
Berkeley Springs 18, Valley 3
Berkeley Springs, coached by former Magnolia standout Trey Barcus, won its third game during their Spring break against area competition, beating the Valley Lumberjacks 18-3 in a mercy-rule shortened game, April 9 at Tom West Field in Pine Grove.
The ‘Jacks scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the sixth, aided by a two-run homer from Cody “The Machine” Scott. The ‘Jacks’ Alex Henderson started the sixth inning off with a stand-up double and scored on a Cody Bates single.
Bates was erased from the base paths on a double play. With two outs, Garrett Ueltschy walked and Scott blasted a Berkeley Springs’ fastball over the left field fence.
The ‘Jacks used four pitchers with Anthony Quinn getting tagged with the loss. He struck out three and walked as many in three innings of work. Freddie Guthrie, Drew Wade and Ueltschy finished up the game.
Berkley Springs has came to this area for four years now and has beaten area teams eight times without a loss.
River 4, Valley 1
Valley 6, River 3
The River Pilots and the Valley Lumberjills split a double header in Pine Grove April 11.
The Lady Pilots won the opener 4-1, as Pilot hurler Cheyenne Romick picked up the win from the rubber, striking out five and walking none, while scattering two ‘Jill singles. Aly Midcap was the hard-luck losing pitcher for the ‘Jills. She also gave up two Pilot singles. However, three costly miscues hurt Valley’s chances in the outing.
Midcap struck out eight and walked two. She also got one of the singles, while Brittany Guthrie returned to the line-up for the other single. Erika Williams and Rachal Beisel each added singles for the Pilots.
In game two, the ‘Jills raced out to an early 1-0 lead after one inning of play, but the Pilots responded with a three-spot in the second period to forge ahead 3-1. However, Valley scored a run in their second frame to narrow the gap to 3-2.
Valley scored three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to claim game two, 6-3. The Lumberjills blasted three River pitchers for 16 hits, led by Heidi Shaw and Guthrie’s three singles. Aly Weber lined a single and drilled a stand-up triple, while Hannah Shaw, T.J. Bassett and Aly Midcap each singled twice.
Midcap picked up the win from the mound. She struck out three and limited the Lady Pilot to four hits, led by Beisel’s two singles.
PCHS 13, Williamstown 2
The Lady Wildcats touched the plate nine times in the fourth inning, en route to a 13-2 victory over the visiting Williamstown Yellowjackets April 9 at Paden City Park.
‘Cat catcher Vicki Yurisko led Paden City with a single and a double, while plating three runs. Kelsey Loub and Katie Kline each added RBI singles for the home team.
Kim Davis picked up the win from the rubber. She struck out four and didn’t walk a batter, while scattering three hits.
Shadyside 6, PCHS 3
Shadyside 13, PCHS 0
The Paden City Lady Wildcats lost a double-header to the Shadyside Lady Tigers 6-3 and 13-0, April 11 in Paden City.
The ‘Cats out hit the Tigers 11-7, but couldn’t get the runs across when they needed them the most. Ashley Efaw and Vicki Yurisko each singled and doubled for the ‘Cats, while Dominique Craft added a pair of singles to lead the Paden City offense.
Kim Davis took the loss, despite scattering seven singles and striking out 10 Tiger batters
In game two, Paden City couldn’t do anything right, while everything went the Tigers way, as Shadyside won 13-0.
Leanne Butcher took the loss from the mound, striking out one, while walking seven. Yurisko paced the ‘Cats with a double.
Magnolia 11, River 1
The Magnolia Lady Eagles tagged River Pilot pitching for 12 hits and 11 runs in the first three innings, en route to a convincing 11-1 drubbing April 9 at Sardis in high school softball action.
While the Eagle bats were making noise, Ashley Simmons was hushing the Pilot bats in the five inning mercy-rule shortened game, striking out five and walking none to gain the nod from the mound.
Abbey Horner smacked a trio of singles, while Simmons added a pair of singles and a double to lead the Blue Eagle offense. Brittany Batton and Kelsi Heasley each drilled a pair of RBI singles, while Marissa Bosley added an RBI double.
Cheyenne Romick took the loss from the mound. She struck out one and walked none in three innings of work. Rennae Riley came in relief of Romick in the fourth and struck out two.
Erika Williams provided the fireworks with the bat for the Pilots with a single and a solo home run in the second, while Riley added a double.
Two Magnolia defensive plays highlighted the five inning game. In the fourth inning and the Pilots on the prowl with two on base, shortstop Bree Carr made an unassisted double play to help the Eagles get out of a pickle. And in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded, right fielder Lyn Miller made an unbelievable catch to rob a Pilot of extra bases. She then threw a strike to first baseman Corinne Murdock for the game-ending double play.
Magnolia 2,Weir 1
The Magnolia Blue Eagles moved to 8-0 on the season after beating the Weir Red Riders 2-1 as Eagle hurler Justin Fox limited the Red Riders to one-hit and struck out eight in the complete game victory April 11 at George Mullett Complex in New Martinsville.
With the score knotted at one heading into the bottom of the seventh, Treah Keller doubled home Landon Herrick for the game-winner. Herrick singled, doubled and drove in an RBI, while Davey Howell added an RBI single to lead the Big Blue offense.
Cameron 18, Valley 3
Cameron 10, Valley 0
The Cameron Dragons beat the Valley Lumberjills 18-3 and 10-0 in a double header April 13 at Pine Grove.
The Lumberjills scored three runs, despite not getting a hit. But five costly errors hurt any chances the ‘Jills had.
Aly Midcap took the loss, struck out two while scattering six hits in the mercy-rule shortened contest.
In game two, Valley could only muster two hits and Cameron went on to win, 10-0 as Midcap took the loss from the mound, striking out four.
Cameron 13, Paden City 3
Paden City outfielder Keith Kline stroked a solo home run, while Wes Cosper and Chris Loy each added doubles. But it wasn’t enough for the ‘Cats, as the Dragons won 13-3 in Dragon territory April 13.
Cosper took the loss from the mound, striking out two. Malakai Anderson came in relief of Cosper in the third and struck out four.
John Marshall 15, MHS 0
John Marshall scored 14 runs on 11 hits to knock the Magnolia Blue Eagles from the ranks of the unbeaten, 14-0 April 13 in Moundsville.
Mason Rine led the Eagles with a double, while Jordan Ash stroked a single to lead the Eagles’ offense. Seth Pay took the loss for the Eagles, striking out one and giving up 11 hits in the mercy-rule shortened game.