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.
SA 6, POINT PLEASANT 0: St. Albans scored six runs in the last two innings to get past the host Big Blacks in the AAA Region 4 semifinals.
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.BUFFALO 13, WAHAMA 4: Chase Christy went 3 for 3 with five RBIs as visiting Buffalo earned a Class A Region 4 semifinal win.
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.MAN 6, SHERMAN 5: Casey Albright went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs as Man downed host Sherman to win in the Class A Region 3 semifinals.
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.WAYNE 4, CHAPMANVILLE 1: Emily Frye went 2 for 3 as Wayne downed Chapmanville in the AA Region 4 semifinal at Chapmanville.
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.