Lady Cats win extra inning thriller
CHAPMANVILLE — It was the kind of win that could end up being the turning point of the season for the Logan High School softball team.
Logan got a huge pick-me-up on Friday night at Chapmanville Regional’s Corey “Bird” Price First Responders Lady Tigers Invitational as the Lady Cats rallied back to beat Class AAA No. 2-ranked Lincoln County, 3-2 in extra innings, at Chapmanville’s Ronnie Ooten Field.
Logan, which evened its record at 4-4 and won its second straight game in extra innings, won it in the eighth as left fielder Shana Hall ripped a hard-smashing run-scoring single to the left field fence which scored pinch-runner Taylor Napier for the win.
Napier had replaced Sam Curry, who got the rally started with a one-out infield single. Hana Sedlock then walked before Hall came up with the winning two-out hit.
Logan had won 2-1 in 11 innings on Thursday afternoon at home over James Monroe.
Lady Cats’ coach Randy Robinette said he was glad to see his team fight back to win Friday’s game. Aarron Ward pitched the complete game win for Logan as she allowed two runs and seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks over eight innings.
“It was an outstanding game,” Robinette said. “Aarron Ward kept the hitters off balance with her changeup. We got some timely hitting and Shana Hall came up with the game winning base hit for the winning run. We battled back to win. We’re now even at 4-4 and hopefully we are turning the corner. We beat a really good ball club in Lincoln County.”
Lincoln County (10-4) is one of Logan’s new tough regional opponents.
The game mirrored Wednesday night’s Chapmanville tourney game when the host Lady Tigers rallied back to beat another No. 2-ranked team — the Class AA Ritchie County Rebels — in a 3-1 win.
Ward helped her own cause as she was 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Curry was 2-for-4 as well.
Hannah Kolovich, Rachelle Toppings and Shelby Hale all added singles. Summer Collins had an RBI. Hale and Antonia Hill both had sacrifice bunts.
Lincoln County was led by pitcher Brooke West who was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Faith Huffman was 2-for-3, while Kayla Jeffers hit a solo homer. Sarah Pennington and Brandi Isaacs had one hit each.
West went 7.2 innings in the pitching circle and took the loss. She allowed three runs and eight hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Jeffers put the Lady Panthers ahead in the top of the third with her one-out solo shot to left off Ward. Lincoln County went up 2-0 in the inning as West drove in another run with a single to center.
Down 2-0, the Lady Cats tied it in the bottom of the sixth with a two-spot.
Toppings led off with a single and went to second on an error by the Lincoln County left fielder.
Ward then cut the deficit in half at 2-1 with a double that rolled to the center field fence. Ward then came home with an RBI fielder’s choice to short by Collins.
Logan had a chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh as Kolovich led off with an infield single and was bunted to second by Hale.
Then with two outs, Toppings was safe on an error but the Lady Panthers were able to get Kolovich out in a run down between third and home to end the inning.
LC had three errors in the game to two by LHS.
Action was scheduled to conclude in the Lady Tigers Invitational on Saturday with 11 games.
Man was scheduled to play Poca and Pikeview, while Logan was slated to play Herbert Hoover and Poca. Host Chapmanville was scheduled to play James Monroe and Lincoln County.
The Lady Cats are back in action on Monday at Point Pleasant and on Tuesday at Sherman, a top 10 Class A team. Logan hosts Man on Wednesday and Scott on Thursday.
Logan also announced it would be playing at Chapmanville on April 16 in a makeup game with the Lady Tigers. The original game set for March 26 was called off due to rain and cold temperatures.
Nicholas County 1
CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School softball team won the Lady Tigers Invitational tourney nightcap over Class AAA Nicholas County, 9-1, on Friday night at the CRHS field.
Talya Berry pitched the five-inning win over the Lady Tigers which improved to 6-5 and won their third straight game. Berry struck out six and walked three.
Brandi Broom and Lauryn Easterling led the Chapmanville bats as each were 2-for-3 with a triple and a double.
Hanna Wooten and Cydnee Lambert each doubled for the Lady Tigers. Caitlin Elkins and Berry both singled.
Shelby Groves and Lauren Young both rapped out doubles for the Grizzlies.
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