Ohio KO’s West Virginia, 9-1
River Pilots Haylee Bowers triple and singled twice, while Player of the Years (4A) Katie Elizy of Harrison Central and (5A) Paige Geanangel of Indian Creek combined to strike out 14 West Virginia batters to lift the Ohio All-Stars to a 9-1 victory over West Virginia June 3 on Lisa Field at JB Chambers Complex.
No runs were scored by either team until the top of the fourth as West Virginia Cameron Dragon hurler Linda Hill was on her game as well. However, Ohio scored two unearned runs off Hill when East Liverpool’s Elise Smith batted in the Indian Creek’s Marissa DeFallo, and Buckeye Local’s Lauren Swiger tripled in Smith to give the Buckeye’s a 2-0 lead.
The Buckeye’s tallied three more runs in the sixth off Wheeling Park’s hurler Skylar Carrington. Bowers led off with a triple over the head of the Hornets Paige Shriver in right field and scored when Buckeye Local’s Kierstyn Czuchran reached on an error. After another West Virginia miscue when St. John’s Amber LaMotte ripped one that handcuff the second baseman as Czuchran crossed the plate.
Edison’s Cassidy Jarvis belted one off the fence for a double to push the Buckeyes lead to 6-0.
Ohio put the Mountaineers away in the seventh with another three run outburst when St. John’s Caitlyn Sliva smacked an RBI double and Smith scooted around the bases for a RBI single to extend the Buckeye lead to 9-0.
West Virginia availed the shutout in the bottom half when Morgantown’s Lynsi Bean singled in University’s Jamie DeSantis after started the inning off with a single. West Virginia had six hits, all singles, while Bishop Donahue’s Tess Fallova had the only multiple hits with two.
Ohio had 11 hits, including three triples, with the Lady Pilots Bowers and Swiger each hitting one and added two singles to pace Ohio.
All three area players did well in the all star game, with the Pilot Bowers doing it from the plate for the Buckeyes with three hits, while the Eagles Durig robbing the Buckeyes with three outstanding defensive plays at shortstop and a second base, while the Hornets Shriver making two putout in right, including a circus catch robbing a Buckeye player of extra bases with her grab.
After every inning of play OVAC Softball Commissioner Tom “Bear” Bethel presented Coach of the Year honors to Weirton Madonna Head Coach Chris Conti, Player of the Year honors to Class-A Katie Gasvoda of Madonna; Class-AA to Alex McComb of Steubenville; Class-AAA to Rosie Romick of River; Class-AAAA Katie Ellzy of Harrison Central; and Class-AAAAA to Paige Geanangel of Indian Creek.
“It was exciting to be playing with all these outstanding female athletes from all the different OVAC school’s. I’m just happy to finish my high school softball season with a victory and to be able to help in some way was icing on the cake,” said Bowers.