Wildcats Fall in Region I, Section II Title Game
Aubrey Neff smacked a single and a home run, plating a pair, but it wasn’t enough to get past Cameron, 8-3, in the Region 1, Section II championship game on May 6 at Snyder Field in New Martinsville.
After Cameron took a 1-0 lead after one inning of play, Paden City scored two-runs in the fourth on a Neff two-run homer to take the lead.
The Lady Dragons tied it up in the bottom half, and added five more runs in the fifth inning to break open a close game.
Ferrebee singled in a run in the sixth, but Cameron matched it in the bottom half to gain the victory.
Neff led Paden City with a single and a two-run homer, while Ferrebee singled in a run to lead the Wildcats. Cosper and Cooper each belted a single. Cosper took the loss from the circle. She struck out two and walked two, while Neff pitched in relief.
Neff Tosses One-Hitter Against Eagles In Semi-Final
Aubrey Neff twirled a one-hit shutout and collected a single, double while knocking in a run to lead Paden City past Magnolia, 8-0 in the Region I, Section II semi-final contest at Snyder Park on May 6.
The Blue Eagles, winners of four games this season with three coming against the Lady Wildcats, had visions of another sectional victory to add to their resume. However, the Wildcats were focused from the start. After two infield outs, the ‘Cats Neff jacked one off the fence for a stand-up double. Paden City third baseman, Hannah Loy dropped in a looping single to score Neff for the first run of the game.
Neff set down the Eagles in order in the first three innings, while scoring six times in the second stanza. Hope Cooper open the surge by dropping in a seeing-eye single. She stole second before Delaney
Lantz reached first on a Blue Eagle error, sending Cooper to third.
Katrina Heasley laid down a bunt single, scoring Cooper while Shelby Schultheis drilled a liner to score Lantz, with Heasley moving to third on the play.
Afterwards, Eagles Head Coach Dillon Mangino called a brief timeout to talk things over. However, the Lady ‘Cats Taylor Cosper singled in a run, while Neff drove in another run on a sacrifice fly. With two outs, Jenna Ferrebee knocked in a pair with a double.
Paden City went down in order in the third, but scored an insurance run in the top of the fourth, as Cosper singled stole second and scored on a Neff single.
The Eagles’ Lindsay Whiteman broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single to right field.
Ferrebee robbed Magnolia a pair of extra base-hits with two web-gems in right field that could have started Eagle rallys.
Whiteman got the only hit for the Eagles, while Ashlyn Piekarski took the loss from the circle. She struck out one and didn’t walk a batter.
For the ‘Cats, Neff and Cosper each singled, doubled and knocked in a run. Ferrebee and Loy each belted an RBI double, while Schultheis added an RBI single.
Dragons Hold Off Blue Eagles, 6-5
With two outs and the tying run on second, Magnolia hit a hard grounder between shortstop and second base. However, the Eagles’ baserunner scored on the play, but was called out for interference when she clipped the Dragon shortstop trying to field the ball, ending a 6-5 Cameron victory May 3, in the WVSSAC Region I, SectionII semi-final matchup at New Martinsville’s Hydro-Field.
Cameron opened up the game on a tear, starting with a lead-off triple, and scored on a single to right. The Eagles erased the batter on a nice defensive play, but Cameron pounded out another single and a double to score its second run to give it a 2-0 lead.
Neither team scored in the second. However, the Blue Eagles threatened in the top, when Ashlyn Piekarski led off with a double.
She was replaced by a courtesy-runner, who raced to third on a wild-pitch. Lauren Anderson struck out, but raced to first on a dropped third strike. However, the Cameron catcher caught the courtesy-runner too far off third base, and tagged her out in a rundown, while Anderson trotted to second on the play. Via Anderson walked. Both Anderson girls stole a base to put themselves in scoring position, but the Dragons pitcher struck out the next two Eagles to get out of the second without any damage.
In the top of the third, the Eagles would catch a break. With two outs and nobody on base, Ashley Tharp and Davianne Croasmun each drilled singles. They scored on a Piekarski double. The Magnolia courtesy runner scored on a Loren Anderson single that got by the Dragons outfield all the way to the fence to tie the game up at 3-3.
Cameron scored twice in the fifth and one more in the sixth to take a three-run lead into the seventh stanza.
Lauren Anderson made a diving grab to rob a Cameron player a base hit, and made a shoe-string grab on another hard blast. A nice defensive play by Via Anderson at third nailed a runner trying to advance. But, four nice plays by Katie Hamrick behind the plate were extra special. She threw out two Cameron Dragon base-runners at second, one at third, while taking a throw from Tharp at second to halt a run at the plate with a nice tag.
Piekarski paced the Eagles at the plate as well as in the circle. She pounded out two doubles at the plate, and struck out four and walked three at the mound. Croasmun added a pair of singles, while Lindsay Whiteman doubled and stole a base. Lauren Anderson singled and Via Anderson walked and stole a base.
Blue Eagles Victorious Over Wildcats, 4-1 In Opener
Magnolia scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en-route to a thrilling 4-1 victory over Paden City May 2 at the New Martinsville Hydro Field in the WVSSAC Class A Region I, Section II opener.
It was the third meeting between Magnolia and Paden City this season with the Eagles winning each one, but it wasn’t easy either time. In the first meeting at Paden City early in the season, the Eagles tallied four runs late in the game to break-open a pitching between Ashlyn Piekarski of the Eagles, and Aubrey Neff and Taylor Cosper, to win, 4-0.
In the second meeting at Magnolia, the Eagles’ Ashley Tharp outdueled Aubrey Neff for three innings, winning 7-2, but Magnolia scored four runs in the fifth inning to break it wide open.
Now in the third meeting, another pitching battle took place between Piekarski of Magnolia and Cosper of Paden City, with each on throwing a no-hitter for four innings, before Tharp drilled a Cosper fast-ball for the first hit of the game. However, Cosper struck out the next two Eagle batters to get out of it unscathed.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles batted around with Via Anderson reaching first-base on a bunt single to start the five-hit barrage. Katie Hamrick would then sacrifice her to second while Emily Shank would reach first on a walk. Tylar Seckman singled, scoring Anderson, while Lindsay Whiteman moved everyone up a notch with a base hit, to knock in Shank. Tharp, then ripped a double off the fence to score Seckman, while Davianne Croasmun’s long fly-ball was miss-handled for an error that scored Seckman to give the Eagles a 4-0 advantage.
Meanwhile, the Eagles’ Piekarski was still tossing a no-hitter until the top of the sixth. The ‘Cats Ashlyn Moses reached on an error, then Madaline Cox belted a solid base-hit for their first base hit of the game, and Cosper would then break up the shutout with a double to score Moses. Piekarski would then close out the inning in order to get out of the sixth without any further harm.
Cosper made quick work of the Eagles in the bottom half, before Delaney Lantz ended the Wildcat hitting in the top of the seventh with a single.
Cosper only gave up four hits, struck out 10 and walked four in taking the tough loss from the circle, while Piekarski limited the ‘Cats to three-hits, with Cosper leading the charge with a double, while Cox and Lantz each smacking a single.
Tharp paced the Eagles with a single and a double, plating a run, while Seckman knocked in a run with a single, and Anderson beat out a bunt for a single.