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WV SOFTBALL: All Reports
Wire reports
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May 26, 2011

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State Tournament reports from Vienna...

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VIENNA, W.Va. (AP) - Results from the West Virginia high school softball double-elimination tournament at Vienna's Jackson Park: CLASS AAA Wednesday Game 1: Logan 5, John Marshall 3 Game 2: Lincoln County 8, Musselman 0 Game 3: John Marshall 5, Musselman 0 Game 4: Lincoln County 2, Logan 0 Thursday Game 5: John Marshall 6, Logan 2 Championship:Lincoln County 4 John Marshall 1.

CLASS AA Wednesday Game 1: Ritchie County 1, Liberty Raleigh 0. Game 2: Chapmanville 1, Braxton County 0 Game 3: Liberty Raleigh 4, Braxton County 1 Game 4: Ritchie County, 4, Chapmanville 1 Thursday Game 5: Liberty Raleigh 5, Chapmanville 4 Championship: Ritchie County 1, Liberty Raleigh 0

CLASS A Wednesday Game 1: Wheeling Central 5, Fayetteville 2 Game 2: Buffalo 1, East Hardy 0 Game 3: East Hardy 5, Fayetteville 0 Game 4: Wheeling Central 5, Buffalo 4 Thursday Game 5: Buffalo 4, East Hardy 1 Championship game: Buffalo 5, Wheeling Central 0 Second championship game: Buffalo 9, Wheeling Central 1

Friday May 27, 2011 High school softball: Uncertainty causes delay in celebration by J.T. Simms Daily Mail sports writer Charleston Daily Mail Advertiser VIENNA, W.Va. -- There was a strange moment of hesitation at the conclusion of the Class A softball championship game Thursday in Vienna.

When Buffalo centerfielder Katie Allen made a diving catch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning the Bison and Wheeling Central knew it was a big play.

The problem was neither team knew it was the game-ending play.

Until last year State Tournament games were not subject to what is commonly referred to as the "mercy rule".

The rule says a game is over when one team goes ahead by a certain number of runs after a certain number of innings.

Plus the "mercy rule" itself changed this season.

Under the old rule, a team had to have a 15 run lead after three innings or 10 runs after five innings for the game to be ended early.

In 2011 that margin was changed to 10 runs after three innings or eight runs after five.

Or, to put things back into context, the 9-1 lead Buffalo held onto when Allen's grab ended the fifth.

It was not until officials began to carry awards out on to the field that it began to sink in that the game was over.

Moore ran over toward the press box behind home plate and looked to West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission Executive Director Gary Ray and asked "is it over?"

When Ray shook his head in the affirmative Moore turned to his team that has hesitated in the dugout entrance and yelled "that's it" and the celebration began.

* * *

FRESHMAN CHELSEY Parkins does not like it when she is not pitching.

So it is no surprise she was going nuts when she ran out of innings Thursday and could not pitch in the state championship game.

"I was like I had to do something to help the team," she said.

Of course, she ended up hitting the home run that started the Bison on their way to the win.

She did admit that not having to pitch helped her at the plate.

"I wasn't worried about going out there and throwing strikes and things," Parkins said.

* * *

THIS YEAR'S Buffalo softball team actually started building some momentum during basketball season.

The Bison set a program record for wins in a basketball season this winter and eight of the softball team's 17 players were on that squad also.

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CENTRAL HAS lost in the last two state championship softball games it has played.

The Maroon Knights lost to Man in 2008.

The year before that they defeated Buffalo in the Bison's last state title game appearance.

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BUFFALO SENIOR Hannah Jordan said coming back from having a baby last year was far from easy.

"I was a little slow and I had to work hard," she said. "And it was hard to come back to practice and take care of Kyleigh."

Jordan played her freshman and sophomore seasons before missing last year.

Friday May 27, 2011 High school softball: Behind West, Lincoln County wins Class AAA championship by From staff reports Charleston Daily Mail Advertiser VIENNA, W.Va. -- Sometimes first innings are harbingers, and sometimes they are the

exception that proves a later-stated rule.

Lincoln County freshman pitcher Brooke West shook off a first-inning homer by John Marshall's Kristin Lewicki that gave the Monarchs a short-lived 1-0 lead, recovering to strike out 13 and allowing five hits to give the Panthers the Class AAA softball state title via a 4-1 win at Jackson Park in Vienna.

The state title is the first in the history of the school, which opened in 2005 as a consolidation of Hamlin, Duval, Guyan Valley and Harts high schools.

Coach Duane Estep's Panthers answered the early strike quickly, getting two runs in the bottom of the first.

From there, West & Co. sailed to the title, the seventh in a row for teams in Class AAA's Region 4. The Panthers follow a string of champions that includes Cabell Midland (2005), Spring Valley ('06), Huntington ('07 and '08), Ripley ('09) and 2010 champion St. Albans.

Junior third baseman Amanda Salmons was 2 for 3 and finished with a pair of RBI for the Panthers in the win. Junior outfielder Aleks Lawson was also 2 for 3.

Lincoln County padded its lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth.

The Panthers (31-4-1) were 3-0 in the State Tournament, and stood by Thursday morning as John Marshall (23-7) eliminated Logan 6-2 in the loser's bracket final.

The Wildcats never threatened John Marshall pitcher Amy Rotriga in the second-day opener. John Marshall led 6-0 in the bottom of the seventh before Logan (25-4), the Region 3 champion, got any offense going. A two-run single by Jessica Bias provided all of Logan's scoring in its final game of the season.

Meanwhile John Marshall - which had fallen to Logan in the first round thanks to a seventh-inning Wildcats rally - kept its opponent under foot this time. Kyle Howard homered, doubled and drove in two runs to put the Monarchs into the title series..

West, Lawson and Alyssa Cook made the All-Tournament team from Lincoln County.

Sophomore Cassidy Ray drove in a run for Ritchie, whose only other softball title came in 1992 as a split Class AA-A division. The top-ranked Rebels lost to Chapmanville in last year's title matchup.

Liberty Raleigh could only manage singles from senior Maygon Mollohan, senior Katelyn Prince, junior Melissa Long and junior Randi Wright after battling back from elimination.

Click here to subscribe. VIENNA - Lincoln County captured the school's first state championship in any sport Thursday.

Freshman Brooke West struck out 11 to lead the Panthers to a 4-1 victory over John Marshall in the Class AAA championship game at Jackson Park in Vienna. (See Page 2B for scores and all-tournament teams.)

Senior Ashley Knight fired a four-hit shutout with seven punchouts as Ritchie County edged Liberty Raleigh 1-0 to capture the Class AA state title.

Buffalo won three games to stave off elimination and get past Wheeling Central 9-1 in a five-inning, mercy-rule win in the Class A championship round. The Bison also beat Central 5-0 in the first title game since the Maroon Knights entered the final day with no losses.

Chapmanville, the two-time defending state champion, was eliminated in Thursday's semifinal by Liberty Raleigh 5-4. The Tigers were trying to become the first school in Logan County history to win three straight titles in one sport.

Lincoln County junior Amanda Salmons provided the offense, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs while sophomore Amy Parsons singled in a run. John Marshall sophomore Kristin Lewicki went 4-for-4 with a solo homer.

The Panthers finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record.

It wasn't easy for No. 3 Lincoln County, which overcame the loss of coach Duane Estep during two games in regional play after an infected tooth that required surgery and a hospital stay. Then after Wednesday's opening win, West was plunked in the back of the head on a throw from first base to third base, but came back later that night to toss a four-hit shutout with nine strikeouts to get Lincoln County into the championship round.

RITCHIE COUNTY TAKES STATE AA TITLE

Sophomore Cassidy Ray drove in a run for Ritchie, whose only other softball title came in 1992 as a split Class AA-A division. The top-ranked Rebels lost to Chapmanville in last year's title matchup.

Liberty Raleigh could only manage singles from senior Maygon Mollohan, senior Katelyn Prince, junior Melissa Long and junior Randi Wright after battling back from elimination.

Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.

Lady Panthers continue winning ways

by Ryan Prichard, contributing sportswriter

HAMLIN -- Lincoln County has continued to show why they are one of the best teams in Class AAA this softball season. After defeating No. 7 Ripley 3-2 in ten innings this past Thursday and picking up a 5-1 road win at South Charleston the following day, the Lady Panthers contiued their winning ways Saturday, picking up two more wins and remain unbeaten with a perfect 7-0 record.

Lincoln County (7-0, 6-0 MSAC), ranked No. 4 in the Class AAA softball coaches poll, took care of business againt Capital with a 10-0 shutout in three innings in the second game, but had to rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to slip past Spring Valley 5-4 in the first game of the day. Sarah Pennington's sacrifice fly to right field scored Megan Brumfield from third base for the walk-off win.

Lincoln County struck first in the bottom of the second inning. Mahalie Hargis laced an RBI single to score Amanda Salmons, giving the Lady Panthers a 1-0 lead.

Spring Valley's Samantha Houck and Alyssa Hughes each went 2-for-3 and knocked in a run each. The Lady Timberwolves erupted in the top of the fourth inning, plating four runs to take a 4-1 lead.

Lincoln County also plated another run in the bottom of the fifth inning, cutting the deficit to 4-2.

Haley Bills started the seventh inning rally for Lincoln County with a single to left. Alyssa Cook ripped a single to right field which managed to get past the Lady Timberwolves' defense and rolled all the way to the wall, allowing Bills to score while Cook made her way to third.

Brumfield bunted and reached first safely, but Cook was held at third by the Spring Valley defense.

Salmons stepped up again and laced a single off of the pitcher's glove, allowing Cook to tie the game 4-4 while Brumfield moved to third, setting up Pennington's heroics for the game-winner.

Bills went 3-for-4 from the plate while freshman Brooke West went 3-for-3 with an RBI. West also picked up her fifth win of the season from the cirlce, keeping her with a perfect 5-0 mark. West scattered seven hits and struck out six in the win. Salmons added a pair of hits and an RBI while Hargis went 1-for-3 and knocked in a run.

Game two saw the Lady Panthers jump out early on the visiting Lady Cougars with the first batter.

Aleks Lawson blasted a lead-off home run over the left field wall to get the scoring started and Lincoln County never looked back, plating two runs in the inning.

Lawson went 2-for-2 on the day with the round tripper while Cook went 2-for-2 with a doubleand knocked in two runs while Bills went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Brumfield picked up her second win of the season, pitching a two-hit gem and struck out two.

Lincoln County will travel to Hurricane Monday for a Mountain State Athletic Conference game with the Lady Redskins. Capital will travel to Sissonville Wednesday.

BOX SCORE

Game One

Spring Valley - 000 400 0 - 4 7 1 Lincoln County - 010 010 3 - 5 12 1

Boley and Adkins; West and Bills Top hitters: SV - Houck 2-3, RBI; Hughes 2-3, RBI; LC - Bills 3-4; West 3-3, RBI; Salmons 2-3, RBI; Hargis 1-3, RBI.

Game Two

Capital - 000 - 0 2 1 Lincoln County - 262 - 10 9 0

Nunnally and Morrison; Brumfield and Bills. Top hitters: C - King 1-3; Andrews 1-2; LC - Lawson 2-2, HR, RBI; Bills 2-3, triple, 2 RBI; Cook 2-2, double, RBI.

Fourth ranked Lady Panthers remain unbeaten

Lincoln County improves to 3-0 after an 11-1 dismantling of Winfield.

by Ryan Prichard, contributing sportswriter

HAMLIN -- There just may be somethng in the water in Lincoln County. After beginning the 2011 softball season with a quick 2-0 start, the Lady Panthers continued their winning ways by dispatching Winfield 11-1 in just three innings Tuesday evening at Panther Park. The funny thing is, the Lady Panthers have scored 30 runs through three games while only surrendering one. Lincoln County (3-0), ranked #4 in the first Class AAA coaches softball poll, made quick work of the Lady Generals. Aleks Lawson went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored two runs while Alyssa Cook rapped out two hits, two RBIs, and scored twice to lead the Lady Panthers. Winfield (2-3) however, began the game with the first score. Freshman Brenna Ferguson belted a one-out solo home run to put the Lady Generals on the board first with a quick 1-0 lead. After that, it was all Lincoln County. The Lady Panthers erupted for four runs in the bottom of the inning. Cook and Morgan Hutchison started off the inning with singles. Megan Brumfield's single scored Hutchison, tying the game 1-1. Haley Bills RBI ground out gave the Lady Panthers a 2-1 lead. Amanda Salmons belted a one-out double plating another run and freshman Brooke West ripped a single, scoring another run, giving the Lady Panthers a 4-1 lead. Winfield's Emily Garrettson led off the second inning with a single, but was left stranded on first after two groundouts and a strikeout to end the inning. Winfield still trailed 4-1. Lincoln County continued to put the ball in play ion the bottom of the second. Sarah Pennington reached first on an error to lead off the inning. Hutchison hit into a feilders choice and Lawson smacked an RBI single, pushing the lead to 5-1. Cook reached on an error as another run scored, increasing the margin to 6-1. After Bills drew a walk, Salmons grounded out, plating another run and West hit into a fielders choice, which resulted in another run scored. Mahalie Hargis hit into a fielders choice which plated another run, pushing the lead to 10-1. West continued her solid performance from the circle, retiring the next three batters, one with a strikeout, keeping the Lady Panthers on top 10-1. Lawson led of the botom of the third inning with a single, then stole second and third base. Cook ripped a single, scoring Lawson, and ending the game 11-1. Lincoln County will host Spring Valley today at 5:30 p.m. at Panther Park while Winfield will host Hurricane at 5:30 p.m.

BOX SCORE

Winfield - 100 - 1 2 3 Lincoln County - 461 - 11 8 0

Raines and Ferguson; West and Bills. Top hitters: W - Ferguson 1-2, HR; Garreston 1-1; Lawson 2-3, RBI, 2 runs; Cook 2-3, RBI, 2 runs; Salmons 1-2, double, 2 RBI; Brumfield 1-2, RBI; West 1-2, RBI; Hutchison 1-3, 2 runs.

March 24, 2009 @ 12:54 AM

JASON McCLURE

Herald-Dispatch.com

HUNTINGTON  Huntington High softball is among the elite programs in the state and the bar is always set high for the Highlanders, who are coming off back-to-back state titles.

Several key players from last years championship team were lost to graduation. That includes standout pitcher Kayla Stinson, second baseman/pitcher Tressa Riley, center-fielder Samantha Spurlock, left-fielder Brittany Napier, catcher Trysten Gue and first baseman Lexi Svingos.

All six of those players were critical to the title run. The consistency the team played with was second to none. Stinson and Spurlock are still making waves on the softball field a few miles down the road at Marshall University.

Despite the loss of so much talent, the Highlanders appear ready to reload with another talented group of players. Experience is the key concern with a very young team, but the coaching staff believes the girls are capable of performing at a high level.

"Our goal is to get back to the state tournament and compete for a third-straight title," Huntington High coach Darren Woody said. "We have some talent, but we lack experience and having back-to-back state titles sets a high precedent for us."

Huntington High's top returning player is junior Kiara Chappelle, who was named as the West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year for the outstanding performance she displayed as a sophomore. Chappelle had a .500 batting average with three home runs, 45 RBIs and 35 runs.

This season Chappelle will be in the pitching rotation, and play shortstop or third base when she's not on the mound.

"This is a brand new year and we have to start with small goals," Chappelle said. "The target will be on our back and hopefully we can continue to play well."

Woody said one of the first steps to replace the starters he lost is to put players in positions where they can excel the most. It's another giant puzzle to solve in the quest to be the state's best.

"We have competition going on at nearly every position," Woody said. "Early in the year we will be experimenting with the lineup and trying to find some consistency."

The only starting position that has been claimed is at catcher. Junior Ashley Byrd will move from third base to fill the catcher's spot. Junior Nikki Estep will be the relief catcher.

Junior Jennifer Jones and Estep will play first base. Senior Kara Hornbuckle and freshman Lyndsay Wilson are vying for playing time at second base. Junior Shawnice Jones, sophomore Marah Motley and Chappelle are all in the mix at third base.

Motley and Chappelle will split time at shortstop depending on who's on the mound.

The pitching rotation in no particular order consists of Chappelle, Ashley Davis and Motley.

A total of eight players are battling for starting positions and playing time in the outfield. They include Davis, Shawnice Jones, Jennifer Jones, Lauren Sizemore, Raquel Williams and Mariah Keith.

"It's going to be a very challenging season," Woody said. "We are just going to play hard and see what happens."

Huntington High opens the season with a home game at 5 p.m. today against Hurricane.

Spring Valley falls to Ripley in season opener

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