Prep softball roundup: Wayne, Ripley earn state tournament spots
Wayne scored six runs in the first three innings en route to a 7-3 victory over visiting Sissonville in the Class AA Region 4 softball final Thursday.
The Pioneers (26-6), the defending state champions, will take on the Ritchie County-Braxton County winner in the state tournament, which starts Wednesday in Vienna.
The unranked Indians took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of three errors by No. 3 Wayne. The Pioneers seized the lead for good in the bottom of the first, plating three unearned runs for a 3-2 edge.
Wayne scored three runs in the bottom of the third to stretch its lead to 6-2, highlighted by Kasey Endicott's two-run home run, her eighth of the season.
Jessie Rowe surrendered just one earned run on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts for the Pioneers. Wayne's Allie Maynard went 3 for 3 with a double, triple and two RBIs while Emily Thompson, Tasha Maynard and Payton Fetty drove in a run apiece. Jessica Watts had a triple and a single for the Pioneers.
Sissonville starter Bekah Baldwin gave up two earned runs on four hits in 21/3 innings. Reagan Johnson knocked in two runs for the Indians (17-13), who advanced this far for the first time since winning the state title in 2002.
Dusti Fisher went 3-for-4 with a double and Ashley Mellinger rapped out three hits for Ripley (24-10). Alexis Coalson singled twice for the Tigers (20-3).