Moorefield falls short in title tilt
VIENNA – Moorefield’s offense had no answer for Buffalo’s pitching during the Class A state tournament.
The result was the Bison winning a third straight title Thursday at Jackson Park with their second 1-0 decision over the Yellow Jackets in as many days.
Buffalo (33-4) scored the lone run of the game in the first inning on a homer from Ali Burdette.
The loss spoiled an impressive outing from Moorefield pitcher Taylor Zuber, who allowed just five hits, struck out five and walked one.
“She pitched an awesome game,” Yellow Jacket coach Tammie Ayers said of her senior pitcher. “We also played awesome defense.
“I told our girls Buffalo wasn’t going to beat us 1-0 again. I never thought it would happen, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Buffalo scored only three runs during the tournament, recording three straight wins by 1-0 scores.
Burdette, a sophomore, also earned the win on the hill. She gave up nine hits, fanned eight and didn’t issue a walk.
Senior Katelynn Wills had a pair of hits to lead Moorefield.
The Yellow Jackets defeated Wheeling Central 7-6 earlier in the day to advance to the championship round.
Moorefield plated a run in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win.
Brooke Riggleman, Beth Cook, Zuber and Shayna Vetter each had two hits for Moorefield. Riggleman and McKenzie Weese each drove in two runs.
Junior Danica Rogers earned the win, allowing six runs on six hits. She struck out two and walked three.
Madison Basinger took the loss for Central, giving up three runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The Yellow Jackets end the season with a 26-5 record.
Hurricane ……. 5
Wheeling Park 0
Courtney Rogers fired a five-hit shutout and drove in two runs as Hurricane beat Wheeling Park 5-0 for the Class AAA state championship on Thursday.
Hurricane (33-6), which also downed Wheeling Park 2-1 on Wednesday, went unbeaten in the four-team bracket and captured the program’s first state title.
Wheeling Park ended its season at 21-7.
Wayne 5, James Monroe 1
Kasey Endicott knocked in three runs and hit her ninth homer of the season as Wayne High repeated as Class AA state champs with a 5-1 win over James Monroe.
The Pioneers (29-6) had beaten James Monroe 14-1 on Wednesday.