ST. ALBANS — It was a difficult end to the season for the Logan High School softball team.
The shorthanded Lady Cats lost 8-3 at St. Albans on Saturday morning in the decisive Game 3 of the Class AAA sectional tournament at the St. Albans High School softball field.
The loss ended Logan’s season at 17-17.
Logan and St. Albans had split on Friday in a sectional doubleheader last Friday with LHS falling 2-1 in Game 1 and then coming back to win 11-6 in the nightcap. The tournament began back on May 3 as both St. Albans and Logan scored wins over Nitro.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, the sectional tourney was delayed by rainouts.
After Friday’s split, LHS had hoped to play a third game that same night.
Their request was denied and Logan had to make the trek back to St. Albans early on Saturday morning.
“To force a team to come over here on prom day was a little bit ridiculous,” Logan coach Randy Robinette said after Saturday’s loss. “We had to come back to play. We could have played last night and played all three games but they refused to play last night. The real winners were the 12 Logan High School players who came to play on their prom day. They played hard and I have nothing but praise for them. They are the true Logan softball team.”
In Saturday’s game, Logan led 2-0 in the bottom of the third with pitcher Hana Sedlock’s RBI ground out to second and shortstop Chelsea Napier’s RBI double to the left center field fence.
St. Albans (14-17) then scored four runs in the top of the fifth to grab a 4-2 lead. Leeah Scott’s two-run homer to left center put the Red Dragons up for good. Gracie Carnes also had an RBI double and Evelyn Snyder ripped an RBI triple during the inning.
The Lady Cats got to within 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth with Napier’s RBI groundout to second. Sedlock began the frame as she ripped a shot on the fly off the high left centerfield wall but was held to a single. Monica Mitchell then doubled to right field.
St. Albans then put the game away with a four-spot in the top of the sixth. Britney Sharp’s two-run double was the big blow. Carnes also had an RBI ground rule double deep down the left field line.
St. Albans pitcher Jaclen Wills then got Logan out in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win. She fanned two in a seven-inning worksheet and walked none.
Sedlock was the starting and losing pitcher for Logan. She was relieved by Steph Curry in the fifth. Sedlock struck out five batters and walked two while giving up four runs and seven hits over 4.2 innings.
Both teams had 11 hits in the game.
Sedlock was 3-for-4 with one RBI to lead Logan. Mitchell, Logan’s senior first baseman, was 2-for-4. Curry, Brooklyn Queen, Napier, Jaden Oney, Amber Stone and Jaycee Abbott had one hit each.
Carnes went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI for St. Albans. Scott was 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI. Wills was also 2-for-5, while Sharp went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs knocked in. Snyder was 2-for-4 with a triple and one RBI.
J.B. Amburgey added a double for the Red Dragons.
St. Albans is set to play at Point Pleasant on Thursday in the Class AAA regional semifinals.
Logan goes back down to Class AA ball next season and will presumably rejoin its old Double-A sectional with Scott and Chapmanville. LHS also goes back into the Cardinal Conference.
“We play most of those teams anyway so it won’t be that much different for us. It is what it is and we will do the best that we can,” Robinette said.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).