Area Baseball And Softball Hampered By Weather
After giving up a pair of unearned runs in the opening inning, the Valley ‘Jills exploded for 10 runs in the bottom half, enroute to a 14-4 mercy-rule shortened game against the Beallsville Lady Blue Devils March 29 in Pine Grove.
Heidi Shaw spanked Blue Devil pitching for a single, three doubles and plated three runs to help ignite a 13-hit Valley attack. Morgan Starkey, Ashley Staley, Brittany Guthrie and Jessica Loy each had multi hits to pace Valley in its first home game of the season.
Valley hurler Holly Schell got the win from the rubber. After a shaky start where she walked four batters and gave up a pair of singles, Schell limited the Blue Devils to a pair of singles and no walks the rest of the way. She also struck out two batters. The ‘Jills committed two outfield errors that led to three runs.
C-Bees, 10, Hornets, 0
‘Cats 10, Hundred 0
The Hundred Hornets Girls’ Softball Team lost a home game on March 28 11-0 to Clay-Battelle in three innings. They got only a single by Taylor Ashcraft, but committed 11 errors, six which came in the first frame. Hayley Hayes gave up only two hits and three earned runs, while striking out three and walking seven;
Against Paden City March 29, the Hornets gave up 10 runs on seven in the first two innings and lost 10-0. The Hornets didn’t get a hit off of Wildcat southpaw Kelsey Loy. Loy struck out six and walked two, while hornet starter Emily Ebbert walked four. Hundred reliever Mercedes Goff walked three and struck out two.
Dominique Craft had a double and a triple, while Katie Kline added a single and a double to spark the Wildcat offense.
P. Catholic, 18-25,
Paden City, 3-5
The Paden City Wildcat Baseball Team lost a double header to Parkersburg Catholic, 18-3 and 25-5, March 26. The ‘Cats had only one hit, a two-run double by James Baker. Trey Leonard took the loss from the mound with three strikeouts and 10 walks.
In the nightcap, the Wildcats scored five runs on seven hits, but left with a 25-5 loss. Kyle Postlewait was the pitcher of record, striking out three. Jamie Billiter came in relief, walking five and Matt Barker struck out three.
Zach Yost doubled and belted a pair of singles, while Taylor Still singled, doubled and knocked in a pair of runs. Leonard helped himself out at the plate, driving in two Wildcat base runners.
Bishop Donahue, 23-25,
The Hundred Baseball Team March 26 lost to Bishop Donahue in a double-header, 23-6 and 25-3. In the opener, the Hornets took a 2-0 lead after one and were tied at three each after three innings of play. From this point, Bishop tallied nine runs against five pitchers in the next three innings before putting up 10 runs in the top of the seventh to gain the nod.
Dalton Kuhn, the first of five pitchers used by Hundred, struck out two and walked four in four innings of work. Zach White, Mitch Moore, Jerico Park, Chris Shackleford and Turner Bragg all pitched, combining for 11 walks in three innings.
On a bright note, Hornet catcher Chris Varner singled and smashed a pair of long balls, while bringing home three base runners. Kuhn helped himself at the plate by adding a single and a double, while plating one.
In the night cap, it didn’t get any better for the home team. Bishop scored 11 runs in the top of the first and went on to claim a 25-3 victory.
Varner and Kuhn each singled, doubled and plated a run. On the rubber, it was Nick Phillips getting the loss. He struck out two and walked four batters in one inning of work. Moore, Roger Stalnaker, and Josh King finished up, combining for six strike outs.
Valley 6, Beallsville 1
The Lumberjacks’ Phillip Bassett tossed a complete-game 6-1 home victory March 28 against the Beallsville Blue Devils.
Bassett was in complete control, striking out two and walking three, while helping himself at the plate with a double.
In the first frame, Lumberjack Drew Wade took a walk. After stealing a base, he touched home on a double by Brandon Stoneking. The ‘Jacks went down in order in the second inning, but tallied four runs in the third. Alex Henderson led off with a walk and was brought home on a Cody Bates double. Bates also came home on a Cody Bassett double. Philip Bassett singled him in, and Cameron Price would later bring home Bassett on a single.
Henderson doubled in the fourth, but was left stranded and Bates cracked a single in the fifth. After one out in the sixth inning, Hunter Ring singled, stole two bases and scored on a double by Stoneking.
Stoneking plated two runs on a pair of doubles, while Henderson, Bates and Cody Bassett each added RBI doubles. Wade singled and Phillip Bassett scored to bring in a run. Ring scored and swiped three bases.
Cameron 11, Valley 5
In the season baseball opener, the Lumberjacks out-hit last seasons sectional champs Cameron, but fell 11-5 as the Dragons touched home six times in the second inning enroute to the victory.
Alex Henderson and Cody Bates each lined a pair of singles and blasted home runs for Valley, while Brandon Stoneking drilled four singles to lead Valley.
Henderson took the loss from the mound. He struck out three batters, while Albert McGuane came in relief to strike out four.
Paden City 7,
Bishop Donahue 3
The Wildcats’ southpaw hurler Kelsey Loy twirled a three-hitter, in a 7-3 victory over Bishop Donahue March 28 in Paden City.
The Lady Wildcats scored six runs in the fourth inning to beak open a close game. Loy helped herself at the plate as well, smashing a stand-up double. Katie Kline and Katie Shreve each drilled three singles, while Loy and Kelsey Loub each drilled doubles.
Bishop Donahue 19,
Paden City 7
Bishop Donahue touched home seven times in the top half of the first, but the Wildcats clawed their way back with a seven spot of their own in the bottom half. However, Bishop would tack on six more in the next two frames and six more in the top of the fifth to beat Paden City 19-7 in a mercy-rule shortened game March 28.
Zach Yost had a single and a double, while knocking in a pair of teammates to pace the Wildcat offense. Jamie Billiter doubled, while Matt Barker, Jared Stewart, Taylor Still and James Baker each added RBI singles.
Barker took the loss from the mound. He struck out four and walked six, while Trey Leonard finished the game.
Hundred 7, Paden City 5
Hundred clung to a 7-3 lead for six frames and held off a gallant Paden City come-back in the seventh to claim a hard-fought 7-5 victory March 29 at Paden City.
Shane Kuhn started and was the winning pitcher for Hundred. He struck out eight and walked five, while his brother, Dalton, mopped up to get the save, striking out six and walking one. Chris Varner and Dalton Kuhn each had RBI singles for the Hornets, while Roger Stalnaker blasted a pair of RBI singles
Jared Stewart, Zach Yost and James Baker each had a RBI singles for the Wildcats.
The Magnolia Softball Tournament is scheduled for April 8-9.
Teams participating April 8 at the hydro Field at 5 p.m. is John Marshall vs Bellaire St John; and Magnolia vs Linsly at 6:45 p.m.
On April 9 at Bruce Park, Point Pleasant vs North Marion at 11 a.m.; Linsly vs Point Pleasant at 12:45 p.m.; John Marshall vs Parkersburg at 2:30 p.m.; Morgantown vs Parkersburg at 4:45 p.m.; and Linsly vs North Marion at 6 p.m. Also on April 9 at the Hydro Field is Parkersburg vs St John at 11 a.m.; St John vs Morgantown at 12:45 p.m.; Magnolia vs North Marion at 2:45 p.m.; Magnolia vs Point Pleasant at 4:45 p.m.; Morgantown vs John Marshall at 6 p.m.; and the championship game will be played at 7:45.