Prep softball roundup: Ripley outlasts SC 4-1 in 11 innings
Chelsey Hager struck out 22 and Ripley plated three runs in the top of the 11th innings Thursday to secure a 4-1 victory at South Charleston in the Class AAA Region 3 softball semifinals.
Ripley (17-7), the No. 10 team in the final state sportswriters' poll, hosts the Greenbrier East-Shady Spring winner next Thursday in the Region 3 final with a state tournament berth on the line. SC had beaten the Vikings twice this season.
Kelsey Moore's run-scoring single on a squeeze bunt with one out in the top of the 11th gave the Vikings the lead for good at 2-1 and Ashley Mellinger added a two-run double. Dusti Fisher's RBI single with one out in the top of the seventh knotted the game at 1-all to force extra innings. Hager went 2 for 4 with a double.
Alli Burdette whiffed 16 for the Black Eagles (20-10) and Amanda McDonald lashed out two hits and drove in a run.
Mariah Caudill, Alyssa Bonham and Haili McCown each drove in a run in the sixth to give SA a 3-0 lead and Ali Haynes belted a three-run homer in the seventh to set the final margin. Haynes, who set down the first nine, fired a five-hit shutout with two strikeouts. Karissa Cochran and Sarah Hussell doubled for Point.
The Red Dragons (28-4) will play at Hurricane next Thursday in the Region 4 final with the winner moving on to the state tournament.
Ali Burdette, Chelsey Parkins and Olivia Dunn had two hits apiece for the Bison (30-4). Rachel Roque and Shalyn Greer each had a home run for the White Falcons (20-12).
Buffalo hosts Doddridge County at 6 p.m. Thursday for the Region 4 title and a bid to the state tournament.
Tabitha Ferguson added a two-run homer for the Hillbillies (20-5). Jordan Lewis and Mackenzie Smith each had two-run homers for the Tide (24-8).
Man hosts the winner of Fayetteville-Montcalm for the region title at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Jacey Parsons drove in a run for the Pioneers (25-6). Hanna Wooten had an RBI for the Tigers (15-17). Wayne hosts Sissonville in the Region 4 title game Thursday.