Mountaineers Beat Buckeyes, 9-8
The West Virginia OVAC Softball All Stars scored a run in the top of the 11th to defeat the Ohio All Stars, 9-8, June 2 at Lisa Field at the I-470 Complex in Wheeling.
Local seniors who played offense and defense for the West Virginia team were: Christy Jones from Tyler Consolidated, Alexajo Hanna from Magnolia, Chelsea Wax from River High School, Courtney Conaway from Paden City and Kayla Cecil from Valley.
OVAC all-star games are played to nine innings, with all players getting an at-bat. West Virginia opened the door in the first frame, as Parkersburg South’s Morgan Wilson scored on a double steal for the game’s first run. Later in the same inning, Wheeling Park’s Caitlin Jividen crossed the plate on a RBI triple by Lady Monarch Haley Rush.
The Mountaineer girls added five more runs in the second, highlighted by a Christy Jones RBI single.
Ohio rallied with a run in the third inning, three more in the sixth, and three more in the seventh inning that included a fielder’s choice by Wax. With the game knotted in the eighth, West Virginia scratched a run when Jones’ seeing-eye single drove in the go-ahead run.
Ohio got a run back in the eighth with the Lady Eagles’ Alexajo Hanna on the mound for the Mountaineers. After getting two quick outs, West Virginia committed an error that allowed Ohio to tie the game at eight.
Once extra innings started, the international tie-breaker became effective, allowing each team to start their inning with their last batter on second base. The Mountaineers would take advantage of the tie-breaker and race to third on a pass ball and would score the winning run on a close play at home on a fielder’s choice. The Mountaineers held the Buckeyes in the bottom half to gain the nod.
Hanna pitched very well in her four innings of work. She struck out three and issued no free passes. Jones knocked in two runs on a single and a fielder’s choice, while Wax knocked in one Ohio run for the Buckeye squad. Conaway and Cecil played a number of innings. Conaway made several putouts at first and Cecil was very active in the outfield, making several nice plays.
Monroe Central’s Sarah Lucas went the distance for the Buckeyes. She struck out 13 and walked three. After giving up seven runs in the first three innings, she allowed only two runs the rest of the way.