WILLIAMSTOWN — Breanna Value had an enormous day on the dish and Cali Masters took care of issues contained in the circle as visiting St. Marys spoiled Williamstown’s senior evening right here Friday because of a 10-2 five-inning Little Kanawha Convention North Division triumph.
The 21-1 Blue Devils of head coach Lacy Riggs, who already punched their ticket to subsequent Friday’s LKC Evening of Champions at Gilmer County’s Sue Morris Sports activities Advanced, can lock up the No. 1 seed with a win Monday at Wahama.
“They performed an ideal recreation,” admitted Riggs, who watched the leadoff hitter Value launch a three-run bomb within the fourth together with No. 9 hitter Ella Bullman going 0 for 0 with three walks, three runs scored and two stolen bases.
“Cali (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO) pitched properly, our bats had been alive and we hit properly. General, we fought by way of and performed a very good ballgame. That (win) form of sealed the deal tonight. We’re locked in now and it relies upon if we go in because the one or two.”
WHS second baseman Lexi Sivard, who sang a rousing rendition of the nationwide anthem, was honored previous to first pitch together with fellow senior teammates Kameron Beck, Kamryn Haynes, Lindsey Keller, Jensen Corridor, Maggie Siley, Gabby Kibbe and Kaelyn Clark.
“I feel towards the tip of the sport we did quite a bit higher,” mentioned ‘Jacket boss Ron Stanley, who received a 2 for 3 effort with two runs-batted-in from Corridor. “We began off gradual, the bench was useless and there was no pleasure within the air.
“It was powerful at the start. We had two out of three video games we received this week in opposition to Tyler (Consolidated) and Doddridge (County). We performed properly in these video games. We don’t need to lose sight of what we did general this week.”
Keller, the shedding pitcher, obtained an internet gem to open the affair when Value was robbed of potential further bases because of Kiersten Kerby snagging a rocketed liner on the sizzling nook.
Sadly for the hosts, two errors led to 3 unearned runs. After Zoey Winland reached on an error, Masters took one for the workforce and watched Winland rating when Layne Kincaid reached by way of an error. Ava Giovinazzo had the massive hit with a two-run double to left-center that plated courtesy runner Brylee McGrady and Kincaid.
Williamstown obtained a one-out stroll by Ava Johnson within the first and a leadoff single by Keller within the second, however couldn’t advance both runner.
St. Marys was in a position to tack on a run within the second when Bullman scored on Value’s RBI two-bagger to right-center. Autumn Mossor led off the SMHS second with a double, however was gunned down on the plate on a double-steal try with Value batting. Haynes fired to Beck at shortstop and she or he returned a dart to the plate in time for the tag to be utilized.
Kincaid singled, stole second and crossed for a 5-0 lead within the third on Kyleigh Rupert’s sacrifice fly.
The ‘Jackets lastly received to Masters within the final of the third when Beck had a leadoff second. Johnson adopted with a base on balls and Corridor got here by way of with a two-out, run-scoring single.
Mossor, the No. 8 hitter, singled to middle to open the fourth. After Bullman coaxed one other base on balls, Value squared one up and launched a three-run homer to middle subject.
Kerby pitched the fifth for the hosts, who had a trio of errors within the inning that led to a pair of unearned runs. Ava Childers had a Little League homer after a single to left subject and a double-error allowed her to around the bases. Bullman, walked, stole second and later got here residence on a wild pitch for the 10-1 cushion.
Needing to attain twice to keep away from the mercy rule, Haynes stroked what would’ve been a one-out stand-up triple to proper, however the ball went out of play and she or he needed to accept a ground-rule double. Nonetheless, Corridor proceeded to ship a run-scoring single however the hosts left the bases loaded.
“These youngsters have been nice this 12 months. We’ve had a tough three weeks,” added coach Riggs. “I feel possibly we’ve had two days off within the final three weeks. It’s been a tough three weeks for us.
“These youngsters have pushed by way of adversity, pushed by way of the lack of a classmate and these youngsters have simply proven true coronary heart and grit. I couldn’t be anymore happy with them.”
Williamstown will carry a 9-12 report into its 5 p.m. affair Monday at Gilmer County. The ‘Jackets will welcome Ravenswood to city on Tuesday after which study their destiny for Thursday’s LKC placement recreation.
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