Softball squad wins a pair

MOOREFIELD — The Lady Yellow Jackets picked up a pair of victories Thursday after beating Pendleton County, 4-3, in a regular season game, and then downing North Marion, 11-1, in the first round of the Bub Riggleman Memorial Tournament.

“The first win was a PVC game, which was big,” MHS assistant coach Julie Markwood said. “It was important because it should secure us the first seed in sectional play. So it was a big win.

“Then we were slated to play our first-round game of the Bub Riggleman Tournament against North Marion. We don’t play them in the regular season, so we didn’t know a whole lot about them, but they’re a pretty solid team,” she said. “We knew we would have to play ball to beat them. So as a coach, I’m absolutely thrilled with our play. We were back to our old selves and played with enthusiasm and played with a little bit of fight. It was really good to see. We’ve been in a slump the past couple of games. They bounced back to the team they can be.”

With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth against Pendleton County, the Lady Yellow Jackets won in dramatic fashion. With 3 runners on base, Sumer Flinn cracked a walk-off single to give Moorefield the 4-3 victory in extra innings.

Hannah Carlson earned the win for MHS. She went all 9 innings, surrendering 3 runs on 6 hits and struck out 4 batters. Taylor Townsend took the loss for Pendleton. She went 8 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 14 hits while striking out 4 batters.

Anna Riggleman, Bethany Smith, Emma Baker and Flinn had 2 hits each, while Rebekah Markwood, Macie Zirk, Alyssa Vetter and Paige Crites collected 1 hit each for Moorefield.

Lariss Raines set the pace for the Lady Wildcats at the plate. She went 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and an RBI. Caylie Simmons, Jessica Helman, Audrey Helman and Alyssa Morgan also recorded 1 hits each for PCHS.

In the game against North Marion, Moorefield scored 3 runs in the first inning, 3 runs in the third inning and 5 runs in the fourth inning to earn the 10-run mercy rule victory. The Huskies scored their lone run in the second stanza.

Bethany Smith earned the win on the mound. She struck out 5 batters, while giving up 1 run on 2 hits in 4 innings of work. At the plate, she went 1 for 2 with a double, an RBI and 2 runs scored.

Emma Baker, 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIS, along with Anna Riggleman, 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs and 1 run scored, and Rebekah Markwood, 2 for 2 with 3 runs scored, also played well for the Lady Yellow jackets.

Moorefield (16-5) returns to action today with two games in the Bub Riggleman Memorial Tournament. The team will face Musselman at 1:30 p.m. and then take on South Harrison at 7:30 p.m. The tournament continues on Saturday, culminating with the championship game at 7 p.m.