A first for Bulldogs

HUTTONSVILLE – The Tygarts Valley High School softball team swept a pair of games from Tucker County to win the Class A, Region II, Section 2 championship.

“It’s exciting to be moving on to the regional play,” Tygarts Valley coach Hannah Sunburg said. “This is the first (sectional title) in school history and I couldn’t be happier for the kids.”

The Bulldogs won the first game 8-6 and took the nightcap, 12-9, to earn the crown.

Charity Lower picked up the win in both games for Tygarts Valley.

Shaunna Taylor also saw time on the mound for the Bulldogs.

Alexis Vandevender and Danielle Johnson had two hits each in the opening game.

Bekah Simmons took the loss for the Mountain Lions in both contest.

Mariah Bowley had three hits, while Caroline Adams had two hits for Tucker County in the first game.

Kelsey Wyss had four singles, while Makayla Harris and Johnson had three hits each for the Bulldogs in the second game.

Simmons had two hits, including a three-run home run for Tucker County.

“I’m happy for the kids how they fought back after being down in both games,” Sunburg said. “The kids never quit and fought until the end.”

Tygarts Valley (8-9) will travel to South Harrison on Monday in regional semifinal action.

Elkins 5, Hampshire 0

ROMNEY – Michaela Lewis-Lambert pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Elkins past Hampshire 5-0 Tuesday in opening round action of the Class A, Region II, Section 3 tournament action.

Lewis-Lambert gave up two hits, walked one and struck out 10.

“Michaela really pitched well tonight,” Elkins coach Corrine Palmer said. “This was one of her better games of the season.”

Hailey Collins had a single and RBI, while Madison Collett had a triple for the Tigers (8-14). Kelsi Trippett added a double and Amy Fincham and Amelia Preusch singles.

Lewis-Lambert also had an RBI sacrifice bunt.

“I thought we got the timely hits when we needed them,” Palmer said. “We also took advantage of some of their mistakes.”

Cierra Funke took the loss for the Trojans in five innings of work. Brittany Kesner and Stephanie Largent had the lone hits for Hampshire.

Elkins will host Hampshire at 4:30 p.m. today. Another game will follow if the Tigers lose the contest.