Myranda Murphy scored on an error with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning to send host Ripley past Riverside 3-2 Saturday in the championship game of the Class AAA Region 3 Section 4 softball tournament.Ripley (16-6), which finished No. 10 in the final state sportswriters' poll, will visit South Charleston on Thursday in the Region 3 semifinals. The Vikings beat Riverside 4-0 Thursday but lost 12-8 Friday to force a third and deciding game.Murphy reached first base after an error on her fly ball to center field in the eighth. Ripley's Kelsey Moore sent a ground ball to third that was scooped up, but the throw sailed wide of first and into right field, allowing Murphy to plate the winning run.Riverside knotted the game at 2-all in the top of the sixth as Chelsea Diegert led off with a single, took second on Cassady Schmidt's hit and scored on Destinae Schmidt's one-out single.
The Warriors (20-16) left 11 runners stranded and pounded out 10 hits, but committed five errors that led to three unearned runs. Riverside starter Sara Winter surrendered just four singles and struck out four while rapping out two hits. Destini Diegert went 3 for 4 for the Warriors while Felicia Burton and Kaylea Wolfe each drove in a run. BaseballGW 9, CATHOLIC 7: Clayton Anderson's grand slam in the sixth inning helped George Washington end Charleston Catholic's eight-game winning streak.
The Fighting Irish led 6-3 entering the sixth before the Patriots scored six runs, highlighted by Anderson's grand slam, to take the lead for good at 9-6. Tanner Sorrells went 2 for 3 with a double for GW (20-10) while Ty McClanahan pounded out two hits and Connor Moffatt doubled.Rocco Wilcox belted a home run and finished with three RBIs for Catholic (21-9) and Connor Golden went 2 for 4 with a triple. The Irish committed six errors.HURRICANE 11, POINT PLEASANT 3: Redskins pitchers Connor Adams, Trey Dawson and Ace Estep held the Big Blacks in check.
The three Hurricane pitchers combined to scatter seven hits while the Redskins offense scored at least two runs in every inning except the sixth.Estep went 3 for 3 with a double and three RBIs for Hurricane (23-4) while Tate Brock smacked a two-run home run and Dawson ripped two hits, including a double. Evan Potter doubled for the Big Blacks, who committed three errors.CROSS LANES 8, TRINITY 7: Lee McQuain and Ian George combined on a four-hitter and Chad Williams and Ethan Stepp each pounded out two hits with two RBIs as Cross Lanes Christian won the title game of the West Virginia Christian Athletic Tournament at Jackson Park in Parkersburg.
McQuain fanned 15 for the Warriors (10-10). For Trinity, reliever Donnie Waller struck out 11 and Daniel Dawley and Noah Jones had two hits apiece.