Alli Burdette fired a five-inning perfect game with 11 strikeouts as South Charleston blanked George Washington 8-0 in the opener of the Class AAA Region 3 Section 3 tournament.Aayliyeh Phillips belted a grand slam as the Black Eagles stormed from behind to claim an 11-5 win over the Patriots in the nightcap to clinch the section championship. SC advances to next week's regional semifinals.Burdette, who tossed only the second perfect game in her four-year career that also includes more than 1,000 strikeouts, went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI in the first game and fanned 11 in the second game. SC's Olivia Orcutt had pair of hits, including a home run, and three RBIs in the opener. In the second game, Madison Pauley legged out two hits and drove in two runs for the Black Eagles, who fell behind 4-0 before plating 11 runs in the last three innings. RIPLEY 4, CAPITAL 0: Chelsey Hager and Darby Petersen combined on a two-hit shutout as the Vikings eliminated the Cougars in Class AAA Region 3 Section 4.
Ripley (20-8), which finished No. 10 in the final state sportswriters' poll, will play at Riverside (19-14) at 6 p.m. today. The two teams will also tangle at 6 p.m. Friday at Riverside. Hager fanned five while Darby whiffed two. Hager also went 2 for 3 while Kelsey Moore doubled in a run. Misty Morrison and Monet Brown each singled for Capital. BUFFALO 9, CATHOLIC 0: Amanda Christy went 2 for 4 with four RBIs, and Ali Burdette struck out 12 to lead Buffalo (28-4) past Charleston Catholic in the Class A Region 4 Section 4 tournament at Buffalo. Emma Sovick had a double for the Irish (18-10). ST. ALBANS 9, NITRO 1: Ali Haynes launched a grand slam during an eight-run second inning as St. Albans eliminated Nitro from the Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 tournament at St. Albans.
Whitney Jones doubled and drove in three runs for SA (25-4), which meets Logan for two games today beginning at 5 p.m. For the Wildcats, Shelby Bowen smacked a double. SHERMAN 13, VALLEY 1: Paige Halsted went 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs and Kylie Wells struck out seven to lead Sherman (24-7) past Valley in the Class A Region 3 Section 3 tournament. Sherman advances to meet Man in the regional tournament next week.
Prep baseball CHAS. CATHOLIC 15, WILLIAMSTOWN 1: Rocco Wilcox (3 for 3) socked two doubles and a triple and drove in three runs to pace visiting Charleston Catholic to its seventh straight victory. Sam McKown (2 for 3) stroked a two-run homer for the Irish (19-8) and Connor Golden tossed a five-inning five-hitter with five strikeouts. Avery Goff went 2 for 3 for the Yellowjackets (19-10).
HOOVER 3, CHAPMANVILLE 0: Tristan Fields went 2 for 2 with a double and Corey Bird tossed a five-hitter to lead host Herbert Hoover (22-2). Todd Thomas drove in two runs for the Huskies. For Chapmanville (19-7), William Copley went 2 for 3. BUFFALO 4, FAYETTEVILLE 3: Laythen Good brought in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Bison rallied past Fayetteville.
Sophomore Beau Whittington (5-0) struck out six over six innings to remain undefeated. Jordan Fletcher added a double for Buffalo (9-11). James Criss went 3 for 3 and Trey Phares went 2 for 3 for the Pirates (15-13).
POCA SWEEPS: Lucas Marshall fired a three-hit shutout and struck out 10 as host Poca downed Mingo Central 19-0 in five innings in the nightcap to sweep a doubleheader. Ryan Leighton and Matt Chandler combined on a four-hit shutout as the Dots took the opener 4-0. Matt Chandler doubled in two runs for Poca in the first game. Matthew Lester pounded out two hits for the Miners.
Evan McClanahan went 4 for 4 with a double and five RBIs for the Dots (23-7) in the second game, while David Taylor drove in four runs, Cam Cottrill had three hits, including a double, and three RBIs, and Chandler legged out two hits, including a triple, and had three RBIs. Lester double for Mingo Central. LOGAN 5, BELFRY 1: Trace Butcher doubled in two runs to lead the host Wildcats past Belfry (Ky.). Chase Preston and Zach Minnick each doubled for Logan (17-7). Austin Rollins had two hits for Belfry. NITRO 12, WINFIELD 8: After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first, the host Wildcats plated 11 runs over the next four innings to prevail.
Jacob Williams went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs for Nitro (18-10) while Matt Harrison banged out a pair of hits, including a double, and knocked in two runs, and Evan Eich went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Jordan Clark homered and drove in two runs for the Generals. GW 9, CAPITAL 1: Austin Griffith went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Grant Wooten drove in three runs as George Washington (18-10) topped visiting Capital (13-16). SC 7, RIVERSIDE 2: Jacob Marler went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and Jerod Jobst struck out eight as South Charleston topped Riverside. Chaz Davis went 2 for 3 for the Warriors.
Tuesday's games TUG VALLEY 13, CROSS LANES 11: Jordon Mounts went 3 for 5 and knocked in two runs to lead the visiting Panthers past Cross Lanes Christian. Trevon Horn added two hits for Tug. Chris Kennedy and Lee McQuain led the Warriors with two hits apiece. CATHOLIC 25, WAHAMA 3: Connor Golden went 4 for 6 and Nelson McKown doubled, homered and drove in six runs to spark visiting Charleston Catholic (18-8) to a romp. Drew Cable and Russell Miller each had three hits for the Irish. Dakota Sisk was 2 for 3 for the White Falcons (13-9).
Prep lacrosse PLAYOFFS SET: The pairings have been set for the eight-team West Virginia Lacrosse Association playoffs, with all four games this weekend.
Capital received the No. 8 seed and plays at No. 1 University at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The only other Kanawha Valley team to make the field was Hurricane, which got the No. 5 seed and plays at No. 4 Wheeling Central at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.The semifinal round is set for Saturday, May 11 at home sites of the higher seeds. The finals are scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at Milan Pharmaceuticals Stadium in Morgantown.