Following is a review of recent postseason softball and baseball games:
Oak Hill 3
Greenbrier East 2
Facing elimination for the third straight day in Saturday’s Class AAA Region 3, Section 2 baseball title game, the Red Devils — who downed Woodrow Wilson on Thursday and Greenbrier East on Friday to set up the winner-take-all clash — plated the go-ahead run in the top half of the seventh to earn the section title with a 3-2 victory.
Bradley Lokant gained the pitching win, striking out three and walking five.
Ty Nelson supplied three of the Red Devils' eight hits, while Jacob Ward and Zane Wolfe had two each.
Oak Hill (10-11) now awaits a Region 3 championship series with defending state champion St. Albans next week. The Red Devils visit St. Albans at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 14. The second game is set for 7 p.m. on June 15 at Oak Hill, and the if-necessary contest will be at St. Albans next Wednesday.
The Red Dragons got the better of the Red Devils, 6-5, in a May 21 game at St. Albans.
Head coach Matt Boyd says that, after struggling with seven straight losses as the regular season wound down, his team came together at just the right time.
"We were playing bad at the wrong time," Boyd said. "We were swinging at bad pitches, not making the routine plays."
The Red Devils adjusted, though, and became more disciplined at the plate, he said. And, the pitching corps came through in stellar fashion in the postseason.
"I wasn't sure how our pitching would hold up," said Boyd. "Our pitchers had three straight complete games (Zane Wolfe on Thursday, Jayden McLain on Friday and Bradley Lokant on Saturday).
"That saved us."
McLain, a freshman, threw eight solid innings during a 9-6 conquest of Greenbrier East on Friday, June 4. He struck out six, gave up 10 hits, walked only three and allowed five earned runs. "That's pretty impressive for a freshman," said Boyd.
Oak Hill is tentatively slated to host a regular season game at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 against James Monroe.
Through 21 games, Nelson leads the OHHS batting attack with a .364 batting average (20-for-55). He has four doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs. Wolfe is hitting .324 (23-for-71) with five doubles, eight RBIs and 29 runs scored. Ward follows at .309 (17-for-55) with nine RBIs, and Trent Rider is batting .296 (16-for-54) with 10 RBIs.
Lokant leads the pitching corps with a 4-3 record and one save in 48.0 innings pitched. Wolfe is 2-2 and McLain is 2-1.
OH 000 110 1 — 3 8 0
GE 000 020 0 — 2 6 5
Pitching — OH: Bradley Lokant and Ty Nelson; GE: Jacob Graham, Jordan Mize (7) and Noah Hanna; WP: Lokant; LP: Graham. Hitting — OH: Zane Wolfe 2-4 (2b, run), Trent Rider (run), Braxton Hall 1-4 (2b), Nelson 3-3 (run), Jacob Ward 2-4; GE: Darris Boswell (run), Hanna 1-4, Mize (run), Tanner Skidmore 1-1 (rbi), Logan Carr 1-4 (rbi), Chris Heaster 1-3 (2b), Zach Trump 1-3, Isiah Brooks 1-2.
Charleston Catholic 11
Midland Trail 2
The Patriots were eliminated from the Class A Region 3, Section 2 baseball tournament Wednesday with the 11-2 loss to top-seeded Charleston Catholic.
Chris Vines was 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI for Midland Trail (17-8). Larry Bigham was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Cade Kincaid, Seth Ewing and Indy Eades were each 1-for-3.
Midland Trail 11
Host Midland Trail exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning Thursday to breeze past Richwood, 11-1, in five innings to advance to the championship round of the Class A Region 3, Section 2 softball tournament.
"They came out and did what we needed to do today and I am super proud of them," Midland Trail head coach Candace Young told The Register-Herald. "We have spent the last two or three days, when we have had some practice, just hitting. We have hit off the tee and off soft toss. The girls have zoned in and they saw the ball well today."
For the Patriots (17-4), Faith Bailes (two doubles) and Meghan Gill were both 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Jordian Stonestreet logged two RBIs, and Chezney Skaggs was 2-for-3.
Trinity Amick homered for the Lumberjacks.
Emmie Lopetrone struck out five and gave up two hits to secure the pitching win for the Patriots.
R 000 10 — 1 2 1
MT 103 7x — 11 10 1
Pitching — R: Hanna Lipps and Sydney King; MT: Emmie Lopetrone and Sydney Sheets. WP: Lopetrone; LP: Lipps. Hitting — R: Trinity Amick 1-1 (HR), Kiara Smith 1-3; MT: Emily Dickerson 1-4, Emmie Lopetrone 1-2, Meghan Gill 2-3 (4 rbi), Faith Bailes 2-3 (2b, 4 rbi), Madison Campbell 1-2, Layla Tompkins (sac), Jordian Stonestreet 1-2 (2 rbi), Chezney Skaggs 2-3.
Oak Hill 6
Woodrow Wilson 4
On the strength of a four-run third inning, Oak Hill dispatched Woodrow Wilson, 6-4, in Class AAA Region 3, Section 2 softball tournament play on Thursday, June 3.
Kylie Pelkey went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Red Devils. Haylee Byers was 2-for-4 with a double, Brooke Spangler was 2-for-4, and Kaylee Mann knocked in a pair of runs.
Ava Mullins was 3-for-4 with two doubles for the Flying Eagles.
Spangler struck out 12, yielded 10 hits and gave up three earned runs to post the complete-game pitching win for Oak Hill.
Oak Hill eventually lost, 9-3, to Greenbrier East on June 4 to see its campaign end with a 13-12 record.
WW: 002 010 1 — 4 10 0
OH: 004 020 x — 6 11 2
Pitching — WW: K. Fansler; OH: B. Spangler. WP: Spangler, LP: Fansler. Hitting — WW: A. Mullins 3-4 (2 2b), B. Bird 2-4 (rbi), K. Bird 2-3, K. Fansler 1-4 (2b, rbi), N. Meade 2-4, J. Shrewsbury (rbi); OH: K. Pelkey 4-4 (2b, 2 rbi), H. Byers 2-4 (2b), K. Mann 1-3 (2 rbi), B. Spangler 2-4, S. Richards 1-3 (rbi), A. Johnson (rbi), R. Peelish 1-3
Midland Trail 10
Greenbrier West 3
In the Class A Region 3, Section 2 baseball elimination game Tuesday, Midland Trail scored three runs in the second inning and four more in the third to take control over the Cavaliers and cruise to a 10-3 verdict.
The win placed the Patriots in the sectional championship round at No. 1 seed Charleston Catholic.
Tuesday provided the conclusion of the game that started Monday before being halted by rain and lightning.
"We are athletic and we will run the bases," Trail head coach John Mark Kincaid told The Register-Herald. "We have been doing that all year.
"We have had some success against everybody we've played with stealing, using the hit-and-run or taking the extra base. I am a big believer in being aggressive.”
Pitchers Larry Bigham, Cade Kincaid and Cy Persinger combined to surrender just three hits and one run over their four innings of work. Bo Persinger got the win.
Cy Persinger was 2-for-2 with a double, a sacrifice and three RBIs for the Patriots. Cody Harrell (RBI) and Indy Eades (two RBIs) were both 2-for-4, and Larry Bigham drove in a pair of runs.
GW 101 010 0 — 3 5 2
MT 034 102 x — 10 10 3
Pitching — GW: Evan McDade, Cole Vandall (3), Brayden McClung (7) and Cole Vandall, Brayden McClung, Vandall; MT: Bo Persinger, Larry Bigham (4), Cade Kincaid (5), Cy Persinger (7) and Cody Harrell, Bo Persinger . WP: Bo Persinger; LP: Evan McDade. Hitting — GW: Brayden McClung 1-4, Chase McClung 1-4 (2b), Evan McDade 1-2 (2b), Matt Mills 1-3 (2b, rbi), Ty Nickell (rbi), Colton Hamrick 1-3 ; MT: Bo Persinger 1-3, Cade Kincaid 1-3, Cy Persinger 2-2 (2b, sac, 3rbi), Cody Harrell 2-4 (rbi), Indy Eades 2-4 (2rbi), Larry Bigham 1-4 (2rbi), Chris Vines 1-3.
Oak Hill 12
Woodrow Wilson 8
The Red Devil baseball team handled the Flying Eagles, 12-8, on Thursday at Oak Hill in Class AAA Region 3, Section 2 action.
Oak Hill led 10-6 after two innings and held on for the win.
Zane Wolfe (double), Trenton Rider, Braxton Hall and Jayden McLain (double) produced two hits apiece for OHHS. Rider and Hall drove in two runs each, and McLain had one RBI. Ty Nelson and Eli Selvey each added a base hit.
L. Williams was 2-for-4 for Beckley.
Wolfe earned the pitching decision with relief help from Hall. Wolfe gave up seven hits and one earned run while fanning three in 6 2/3 innings.
Each team registered seven errors.
Greenbrier East 7
Oak Hill 2
Greenbrier East scored three runs in the first and four in the second and cruised to a 7-2 victory over Oak Hill in the Class AAA Region 3, Section 2 baseball tournament.
Tanner Skidmore drove in three runs and Logan Carr had two RBIs. Caleb Thomas got the win, allowing three hits over six innings. He struck out 10 and walked four.
Zane Wolfe and Braxton Hall had two hits apiece for Oak Hill.
Midland Trail 8
Greenbrier West 7
Midland Trail scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Greenbrier West, 8-7, in the Class A Region 3, Section 2 baseball tournament game on June 2.
Cy Persinger pitched the seventh for Trail and got the win. He struck out two and did not allow a hit in a scoreless inning. He also had a home run during a 2-for-3 night.
Bo Persinger supplied three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in two runs for the Patriots. Cade Kincaid also knocked in a pair of runs, and Larry Bigham smacked a double. Seth Ewing, Indy Eades (RBI) and Chris Vines each had a base hit, and Griffin Boggs drove in a run.
Cole McClung, Matthew Mills and Colton Hamrick each had a pair of RBIs for the Cavaliers. Josh Jones was 3-for-3.
Midland Trail lost to Charleston Catholic, 11-4, on June 3.
Cy Persinger was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Patriots. Vines was 2-for-3 with a double, and Bigham and Cody Harrell each drove in a run.