Moorefield girls split in tourney

CHARLESTON — The Lady Yellow Jackets split a pair of games in the opening round of the Class A State Tournament in Charleston on Wednesday.

In the first game, Moorefield lost to Wheeling Central Catholic, 5-3, in 9 innings, but bounced back in the second contest to down Fayetteville, 15-4.

“After a two-hour wet field delay, we opened the tournament against a very touted Wheeling Central team and a very good pitcher,” MHS assistant coach Julie Markwood said. “Hanna Carlson pitched awesome for us too, lasting the whole game. Our girls fought a very hard fight for 9 innings. We had 2 back-to-back errors in the fifth inning, giving them 2 runs and we just can’t do that against a team like Central. We had a couple of opportunities to take the game, but just couldn’t punch the runs across. We regrouped and came back a few hours later and put Fayetteville away 15-4.”

In the contest against WCCHS, the game was tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth when senior Riley Bennington launched a 2-run homer to give the Maroon Knights the victory.

Bennington also claimed the win on the mound for WCCHS. She went the distance, giving up 8 hits and striking out 23 batters.

Hanna Carlson was cited with the loss. Over the course of 9 innings, she surrendered 5 runs on 10 hits while striking out 6.

The Lady Yellow Jackets tallied 8 hits in the contest. Tori Humphries led the way, going 3 for 4 with a double, 1 run and 1 RBI. Madison McGregor also played well, finishing the contest 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 1 RBI.

For the Maroon Knights, Julie Padden, Emilee Ondrik, Jairika Baylor and Bennington each had multiple hits.

The Moorefield offense came alive in the second game, as the team soundly defeated Fayetteville. The Lady Yellow Jackets pushed 8 runs across the plate in the second inning to take a 9-2 lead. MHS poured on another 5 runs in the third stanza to solidify the victory.

Rebekah Markwood was credited with the win on the mound. She tossed 3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 4 and walking zero. Lauren Arbaugh closed out the contest from the bullpen.

Anna Riggleman, Remi Hinkle and McGregor accounted for 2 hits each in the game. Riggleman went 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 3 RBIs, while McGregor went 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 3 RBIs and Hinkle went 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs.

Moorefield will return to action today in the double elimination tournament to face the loser of the contest between Sherman High School and Wheeling Central Catholic