The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

April 27, 2014

Trail girls, Fayetteville boys earn victories

In recent high school softball and baseball outings:

Midland Trail 18

Summers County 8

The Midland Trail girls spotted visiting Summers County an early lead before roaring back in the game’s latter stages for a 10-run decision Wednesday.

“In the fourth inning, we kind of exploded,” said Midland Trail coach Candace Young. “We started hitting the ball hard, and they made some mistakes and we capitalized on them.”

At the plate for Midland Trail, Jesika Cooper was 2-for-4 with a triple, three runs scored and two steals. Teammate Marissa Workman had a double, two RBIs, three runs and two steals. Also, Jessica Nuckols had a double and drove in three runs, Sarah Beebe had a single and a double and two RBIs, Madison Syner had a double and two stolen bases, and Emily Carte produced a single and a pair of steals.

For the Midland Trail defense, Syner and Carte each had two putouts, and Fairan Gill, Jessica Fox and Mackenzie Bennett had one putout apiece. Workman gunned down a Summers County runner at second on a steal attempt.

Starting pitcher Makenna Nickell had one strikeout and walked four in less than two innings, and Gill relieved her, issuing seven walks and fanning one in 2.5 innings. Bennett was the third pitcher and made a play at home plate for the game-ending out.

Mackenzie White had three hits, three steals and two runs for the Bobcats. Kendall Willey stole four bases, drove in a run and had four putouts on defense.

“It was a big win,” said Young. “We went up there (Hinton) and played pretty bad (in a one-run loss).”

Midland Trail, which has won four straight, hosts Valley Monday, visits Nicholas County Tuesday and entertains Montcalm Wednesday.

Valley 10

Richwood 5

Class A 4 No. Valley erased a 5-1 deficit with six runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning and went on to defeat visiting Richwood 10-5 Thursday.

Druw Bowen smacked a triple and had two RBIs and Casey Stewart supplied two hits and two RBIs to lead the Greyhounds.

John Riddle, Joseph Eckert, Tyler Price and Donte Wilkerson all drove in one run for Valley (10-6).

Phoenix Evans led the Lumberjacks with three hits, and Caleb Louden had two hits and one RBI.

Valley’s Ethan Lopetrone earned the mound win with relief help from Nick Wills and John Riddle.

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