Vikes blank MHS

Cooper allows no hits, fans 10 in 3-inning tilt

MOOREFIELD – In  battle of two teams expected to be back in the state tournament in their respective classes, Petersburg turned in a dominating performance to hand Moorefield a 13-0 loss in three innings on Wednesday.

The Lady Vikings remained unbeaten on the season as Carly Cooper didn’t allow a hit and recorded all 10 outs by way of strikeout, including four in the opening inning after a passed ball on a third strike.

“Our girls came out ready to play,” Petersburg coach Bubba Hedrick said. “I was real proud of their effort.”

Hedrick’s squad, which lost to two-time Class AA state champion Herbert Hoover in last year’s state tourney, is now 19-0 on the season.

“We are just trying to remain humble and take it one game at a time,” Hedrick said. “I told the girls tonight we only have a couple of weeks left before we start the postseason, which is hard to believe.”

Petersburg led 4-0 before erupting for nine runs in the third inning to take control against Moorefield, which lost to Wheeling Central in the 2018 Class A championship round.

Bryanna Moreland and Mackenzie Kitzmiller each laced two-run singles in the decisive third frame, while Mackenzie Weasenforth added an RBI single and Madison Whetzel a run-producing double.

Weasenforth also had a two-run single in the first inning and Katie Koontz and Cooper RBI singles in the second.

Both teams will take part in the Bub Riggleman Tournament Friday and Saturday at Moorefield.

The Lady Vikings have three games on Friday as they will face Musselman, Williamstown and John Marshall.