Bear Bellomy singled home Josh Bumgarner in the bottom of the seventh for the winning run Wednesday night as host Winfield rallied for an 8-7 victory against Poca.It marked the second one-run win for the Generals (9-10) this week against a state-ranked team. On Monday, Winfield edged Class AAA No. 6 Huntington 11-10.Poca (11-5), the No. 7 team in the Gazette's Class AA ratings, held a 6-1 lead entering the bottom of the fourth before Winfield came back. Bellomy, Derek Whiteside and David Sneeringer (double, triple, two RBIs) each had two hits for the Generals.Evan McClanahan (2 for 3) doubled, tripled and drove in a pair for the Dots.
HOOVER 12, CATHOLIC 1: Corey Bird struck out nine and added two of Herbert Hoover's 12 hits in a five-inning win over Charleston Catholic.
The undefeated Huskies (15-0) scored five in the second and seven in the third, as Austin Thomas, Sean Craze and Shaun Dotson all knocked in two runs. Those three, plus Bird and Cody Bowen, had two hits apiece.VALLEY 22, RICHWOOD 4: Cody Winter went 3 for 3, launched a pair of home runs and drove in five runs to lead Valley to a lopsided win at Richwood.
Also for the Greyhounds (13-5), the No. 8 team in the Gazette's Class A state ratings, Arik McGinnis and Raeshawn Breckenridge each had four RBIs and Druw Bowen went 3 for 3 with a double.Tuesday's gamesMIDLAND 4, SA 3: Bryton Jobe slapped a two-run double in the first inning and later added an RBI single as host Cabell Midland earned a win in a game shortened to five innings by a thunderstorm. Dustin Turley and Joey Dodrill each had two hits for St. Albans (12-5).NITRO-HHS SUSPENDED: Nitro's game at Huntington was suspended in the bottom of the fourth by lightning Tuesday with the Wildcats ahead 3-2. The game will be resumed at a date to be determined.
SoftballRIPLEY 4, HURRICANE 2: Freshman Maddie Hinzman tripled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and Hannah Ford singled Hinzman home as the Vikings handed the Redskins (20-4) just their fourth loss of the season.
Ripley's Chelsea Hager won her pitching duel with Hurricane's Emily Davis, allowing four hits. One of those was Courtney Rogers' two-run homer in the top of the fourth, which Ripley (13-4) answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.GW SWEEPS PRINCETON: Bailey Rabel could have hit for the cycle in the second game, but her double, triple and home run helped George Washington to a five-inning win, 12-3 over Princeton - thus preventing a fourth at-bat.
The Patriots (8-10) made quicker work of the Tigers in the opener, winning 10-0 in four innings behind Ali Ferrell's three-hitter.GW pounded out 26 hits in the doubleheader. Rabel went 5 of 6 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and three RBIs. Makayla Boggs and Taylor Casto also each went 5 of 6 and combined for five RBIs. Casto pitched the second game, allowing four hits.Brittany Moore and Meredith Putorek doubled for Princeton in the nightcap.VALLEY SWEEPS: The host Greyhounds needed just nine innings to sweep a doubleheader from Greenbrier West, winning 10-0 in four innings and 9-1 in five.
In the first game, Briana Canterbury delivered the big blow with a three-run bases-loaded double in the third inning that helped stake Valley to an 8-0 lead after three. Kelsey Bird went 3 for 3 for the Greyhounds and Kelsey Graves held the Cavaliers to just two hits.Taylor Carver and Kailey Cooper combined to no-hit West (4-4) in the second game, though a pair of Valley errors helped spoil the shutout. Cooper belted a two-run homer and Bird picked up three more hits for the Greyhounds (11-2).
RIVERSIDE 4, PARKERSBURG 1: Riverside's Sara Winter smacked a two-run triple in the third inning and combined with Kaylee Wolfe on a seven-hit shutout.
Winter went 2 for 3 and Destini Diegert went 2 for 3 with the other two RBIs for the Warriors (11-12). Morgan Lanham went 3 for 4 for the Big Reds.Tuesday's gamesJAMES MONROE 8, OAK HILL 0: Mikayla Wickline fired a five-inning one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Laine Shifflet went 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs to spark a win for the visiting Mavericks.POINT 8, PARK. SOUTH 7: Kaci Riffle stroked a pair of doubles and drove in three runs, including the game-winner with two out in the bottom of the seventh, and Karissa Cochran homered and singled for host Point Pleasant. Kristen Hamilton was 2 for 4 for Parkersburg South.
TennisPOCA SWEEPS: Poca captured both divisions in the Cardinal Conference tennis tournament Wednesday at the Huntington Tennis Club in Barboursville.
The Dots outscored Scott 11-6 to capture in the boys division and bested Chapmanville 11-10 to take the girls championship. Poca has now won five straight boys crowns and four in a row in the girls tournament.TrackLKC MEET: Roane County's boys and Braxton County's girls won the team titles Tuesday at the Little Kanawha Conference South Challenge meet in Spencer (see results, Page 2B). Troy Fisher of host Roane was the boys high-point winner with 36 points, the same total as girls high point winner Hunter Sodaro of Braxton.