Moorefield’s quiet leader

VIENNA – Beth Cook is the quiet leader for the Moorefield softball team but her statistics speak volumes.

The Yellow Jacket junior shortstop enters the state tournament, which begins today at Jackson Park, batting .615 with 11 homers, 45 RBIs and 19 doubles.

“I?don’t pay too much attention to them (statistics),” the soft-spoken Cook said. “I just try to go out and help my team win. I let everything else take care of themselves.”

Cook is in her second season as a full-time starter. She became the team’s regular shortstop the sixth game into her freshman year and has been a fixture since.

She was a Class A, first-team all-stater last season after hitting .587 with four home runs. Cook clubbed seven homers as a freshman.

“She’s definitely not the most vocal person you will meet,” Moorefield assistant coach and Beth’s mother Julie Cook said. “Beth tries to lead by example and the other girls look up to her for leadership.”

Moorefield enters tournament play with a 25-3 record. The Yellow Jackets will face Man (19-5) at approximately noon today in first-round play of the double-elimination event.

Wheeling Central (21-8) and Buffalo square off in the first game at 9:45 a.m.

“We’re excited about being back to the state tournament,” Beth Cook said. “We gained some experience last year and we want to do better this time.”

Moorefield went 2-2 in last year’s tournament.

Danica Rogers, Taylor Zuber and Shayna Vetter anchor the pitching staff for the Yellow Jackets, while Katelynn Wills and Michaela Regester both are hitting over .400.

“These girls have played a lot of softball in their careers,” Julie Cook said. “We play a lot of games over the summer and most of them were part of a team we took to Florida two years ago that won a title.”

Neighboring school Petersburg also joins Moorefield in Vienna. The 27-6 Vikings, led by Cheyenne Earle (.517 BA), Kaitlyn Keplinger (.500) and Marley Thompson (.486), will face James Monroe in their opening game of the Class AA tourney.

Ritchie County and Wayne meet in the other contest.

The Class AAA pairings are Wheeling Park vs. Hurricane and Jefferson vs. Ripley.

The tournament continues on Thursday with the title games.