Yellow Jackets still buzzing

VIENNA – Despite a 1-0 loss to two-time state champion Buffalo on Wednesday, Moorefield is still alive in the Class A high school state softball tournament.

The Yellow Jackets defeated Man 3-2 earlier in the day before falling to the Bison in their second game.

Moorefield (25-4) will face Wheeling Central at 9:45 a.m. today in an elimination game. The winner has to defeat Buffalo twice to earn the title.

“All we have to do is hit the ball,” Yellow Jacket coach Tammie Ayers said. “We’ve seen these pitchers, but I think nerves are getting to the girls.”

The same lineup in Moorefield’s gold-and-blue was in the lineup a year ago when Buffalo beat the Yellow Jackets for the 2012 state title.

“They lost no players from last year’s tournament, and we lost four seniors,” Buffalo coach Darrell Moore said. “We know they are racked with talent, but it’s hard to improve. We are hitting the ball, but directly to their veteran defense.”

Buffalo’s Chase Christy led off a two-out rally in the fourth inning with a walk from Moorefield pitcher Shayna Vetter. Vetter then walked Katie Reynolds and Olivia Dunn loaded the bases with a single.

Junior third baseman Katie Allen worked her count to 3-2 and then provided the game’s only run by drawing a walk from Vetter.

Christy was 2-for-2, but her biggest plate appearance ended without an official at-bat.

In the bottom of the sixth, Yellow Jacket shortstop Beth Cook singled and reached second, but was stranded.

In its opening game on Wednesday, Moorefield rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to get past Man.

Cook had two RBIs to lead the Yellow Jackets, who trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the seventh. Brooke Riggleman also drove in a run on a pair of hits.

Danica Rogers earned the win, allowing two runs on four hits in a complete-game effort. She struck out eight and walked two.

Taylor Tomblin was saddled with the loss.

Petersburg dropped a 2-1 decision to James Monroe and a 12-0 verdict to Ritchie County in being eliminated from the tournament.

The Vikings finished the season with a 27-8 record.