Bearcats blank Colts; Tigers, Bucs tumble

PHILIPPI – Grafton blanked sectional rival Philip Barbour 13-0 Wednesday in Big 10 Conference play.

“We’ve been struggling lately,” Colts coach Angel McCullough said. “The girls have been very critical of themselves. Once they commit an error, it gets in their head and leads to more errors. The players had a good attitude today, going in. We just couldn’t get the bats cracking.”

Philip Barbour will host Notre Dame at 5 p.m. today.

RCB 11, Elkins 10

CLARKSBURG?- Robert C. Byrd overcame an early 9-0 deficit to get past Elkins 11-10 Wednesday in Big 10 Conference softball action.

The Tigers jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the second inning before the Eagles answered with 10 runs in the third inning on the strength of three home runs.

“We could never recover from that (the third inning),” Elkins coach Ashley Cameron said. “We built a big early lead then got complacent.

“Our team is close to being really good, but we always seem to have one bad inning that we can’t recover from. We have to eliminate the mistakes and find ways to win these one-run games.”

Haley Collett went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a homer to lead the Tigers. Amy Fincham was 3 for 5 with a pair of RBIs, while Larel Teter and Kate Reed added two hits each.

Alyssa Harper took the loss, allowing nine earned runs on 18 hits, striking out eight and not walking a batter.

Elkins will return to action at 5 p.m. today at North Marion for another Big 10 contest.

Bridgeport 5, B-U 4, 9 innings

BRIDGEPORT – Danielle Dennison hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning Wednesday to lift Bridgeport over Buckhannon-Upshur, 5-4, in Big 10 Conference action.

“It was a gut wrencher,” Bucs coach Levi Bender said. “It’s tough losing like that. It was the best we’ve played all year. Bridgeport is a solid team and we played right with them. We were down 4-0 and came back. Things just didn’t go our way in the end. It was tough losing, but it’s something to build off.”

Down 4-0 going into the fifth inning, the Lady Bucs generated a three run rally to bring the team within one point.

B-U then tied the game after Julie Tenney led off the sixth inning with a triple and Lindsay Wagner singled to bring her home.

Senior Kyley Pierce led off the ninth inning with a double. After the next batter walked, Dennison connected on a sacrifice fly to score Pierce and win the game for the Indians.

Pierce finished the day 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Dennison pitched three innings in relief to earn the victory. She gave up one run on four hits and struck out two batters. At the plate, she was 2-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Cora McDaniels pitched six innings to pick up the loss. She gave up two runs on seven hit and struck out two batters.

Tenney paced the Bucs offense, going 3 for 4 with a triple, a stolen base and two runs scored. Sara Ling went 1 for 4 with two RBIs and Alexis McDaniels went 1 for 5 with an RBI.

B-U (8-11) will travel to Liberty at 5 p.m. today for a Big 10 contest.

Petersburg ……….. 14

Pendleton County 10

FRANKLIN?- Petersburg broke open a 10-10 tie with four runs in the top of the seventh inning in a 14-10 victory on Wednesday.

The Wildcats trailed 10-7 before plating three runs in the sixth inning to tie the game.

Brittany Huffman had a homer and four RBIs to lead Pendleton County, while Brandy Roberts and Micahela Raines added two RBIs each.

Brittani Bible went 2 for 5 with three RBIs for the Vikings. Cheyenne Earle, Callie Wisnewski and Leah Hahn added two RBIs each, and Cassidy Hedrick three hits.

Hedrick earned the win, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits, with two strikeouts and three walks.

Huffman took the loss, surrendering 14 runs on 12 hits, fanning two and walking five.

Pendleton County will host Hampshire at 1 p.m. Saturday for a doubleheader.

Petersburg will host Hampshire at 4 p.m. Friday.