WEIRTON — It was the sport that didn’t need to finish.
With a spot within the sectional ultimate on the road, the No. 2 seed Weir and third-seeded East Fairmont softball groups confronted off in a Class AA Area 1 Part 1 elimination recreation. Weir fell behind early, however the Crimson Riders responded and rallied for a 10-2 win in six innings Monday evening at Kings Creek.
The sport initially was scheduled to be performed Monday at Weir’s regular residence close to the college. Nonetheless, Mom Nature had a unique concept.
The sport made it by way of one-and-a-half innings earlier than it was delayed by lightning within the backside of the second inning at 5:18 p.m. Extra lightning and rain adopted, leading to extra delays. An try was made to get the sphere prepared for play through the break, however after assembly with the coaches and Weir Athletic Director Donna Ferguson, the umpires determined to droop the sport at 6:40 p.m. After a protest, the umpires agreed to maneuver the sport and proceed it at Kings Creek.
The 2 groups needed to await the youth recreation on the sphere to complete earlier than they might heat up and restart the sport. First pitch of the restart was tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m.
“It was a wild and loopy day,” Weir (22-8) head coach John Leary stated. “I’ve to provide quite a lot of credit score to my children. They have been capable of bounce again after a troublesome loss Saturday. They needed to cope with the delay and the change of venue. Thankfully for us, the sphere we moved to is one they grew up taking part in on, in order that they have been all comfy taking part in there.
“I informed them after the sport that this has been a loopy season. We needed to cope with COVID. We needed to make changes. We had rather a lot to cope with, they usually dealt nicely with the state of affairs.”
With the win, Weir will play No. 1 seed Oak Glen (25-0) at 4:30 p.m. as we speak within the sectional ultimate in New Manchester. The Crimson Riders have to beat the Golden Bears twice to advance to the regional match. If Weir wins the primary recreation, the 2 groups will play a second recreation shortly after.
Madison Angus picked up the win for the Crimson Riders. She allowed two runs on 4 hits, whereas hanging out 9 and strolling three. Two of the three walks got here in a single inning.
“She acquired by way of that sixth inning,” Leary stated.
“It was a troublesome sixth inning. I feel she acquired slightly drained, however she was capable of get by way of it. She walked a few folks, and he or she gave up that triple. She battled. She was capable of bear down and get these final two outs within the inning.”
Blair Nuzum took the loss for the Bees (10-19). She allowed 10 runs on 18 hits, whereas hanging out one and strolling 5. She additionally hit one batter.
“We performed with Mallory Rosnick, and for us to attain 10 runs and win the sport, my hat’s off to our ladies,” Leary stated.
The Bees struck first with a run within the first. Catcher Carly Ledsome doubled to proper begin the sport, superior to 3rd on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly to middle.
The Crimson Riders acquired two runners on base within the backside half of the inning due to singles by Alexis Adams and Sophia Aperfine. Nonetheless, the pair have been stranded.
Angus struck out all three East Fairmont batters she confronted within the second. The sport was delayed with Crimson Riders’ shortstop Olivia Baker — the workforce’s No. 6 batter — on the plate. The depend was 1 and 1.
When the sport was restarted, Baker acquired issues rolling with a solo residence run to tie the rating at 1. The freshman added a single later within the recreation.
“That sparked us. We drew even, and that made it a model new recreation,” Leary stated. “We now have talked all yr about hitting being contagious, and as soon as we began hitting, everyone hit.”
The Crimson Riders recorded a pair of runs within the third to take a 3-1 lead.
Weir prolonged its benefit to 7-1 due to a four-run fourth inning. The inning was highlighted by Sophia Aperfine’s three-run residence run.
With the rating 8-2 within the sixth, Rylee Donaldson delivered the game-ending two-run single to carry the lengthy day and recreation to an finish.
Adams delivered three singles for Weir. Reagan Hoover recorded two and an RBI. Chesney Tice, Mea Kaufman and Angus all singled twice. Breonna Parsons additionally produced a single for the Crimson Riders.
Nuzum tallied an RBI triple for the Bees, whereas Cassady Music and Marisa Delbrook every collected a base hit.
Weir will now attempt to hold its season alive by beating the undefeated Golden Bears twice in sooner or later. Oak Glen has rallied to defeat Weir twice thus far this season with the Golden Bears profitable each video games of their final at-bat. Weir had the possibility to knock Oak Glen from the ranks of the unbeaten, however the Crimson Riders have been unable to take action.
Successful a sectional title can be further particular for the Crimson Riders this season.
“We let two video games towards Oak Glen slip away,” Leary stated. “We don’t concern them. We now have misplaced two powerful video games towards them. The primary time we confronted Maddie McKay when she was a freshman, she threw a no-hitter. Then within the second recreation, we scored 10 on her. It was the exact opposite.
“Hopefully, we can string some hits collectively, and we can rating some runs. I informed our ladies to not look forward. We’re going to take every part one pitch, one hitter, one inning at a time.”
Weir 10, East Fairmont 2
Fairmont 1-0-0 0-1-0 — 2 4 4
Weir Excessive 0-1-2 4-1-2 — 10 18 0
EAST FAIRMONT (10-19): Nuzum (LP, CG, 10R, 18H, 1K, 5BB) and Ledsome. Ledsome D; Cowger RBI; Nuzum T, RBI; Music S; Delbrook S
WEIR (22-8): Angus (WP, CG, 2R, 2H, 9K, 3BB) and S. Aperfine. Adams 3S; Hoover 2S, RBI; S. Aperfine S, HR, 3RBIs; Angus 2S; Tice 2S; Baker S, HR, RBI; Donaldson S, 2RBIs; Parsons S; Kaufman 2S
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