Below is a review of recent softball contests based on information supplied to The Fayette Tribune:
Midland Trail 11
The Patriots easily handled rival Fayetteville 11-3 on Thursday.
Midland Trail outhit Fayetteville 15-2 en route to the six-inning win.
Taylor Harrell enjoyed a big day at the plate for Trail, going 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs. Teammate Ryleigh Jackson was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, Kyleigh Jackson was 3-for-4 with a three-bagger and one RBI, Serena Minor was 1-for-3 with a double and one RBI, Faith Bailes was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Zavery McManaway was 2-for-4, and Chezney Skaggs and Meghan Gill drove in one run each.
For Fayetteville, Annie Johnson was 1-for-2 with one RBI, and Nikki Holbrook was 1-for-3.
Harrell was the winning pitcher for the Patriots (15-8).
Oak Hill 4
The Red Devils improved to 15-10 with the late-week 4-2 win over the host Lumberjacks.
Oak Hill plated three runs in the top of the ninth inning to gain the triumph.
Haylee Byers was 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs for OHHS. Also, Savannah Holbrook was 2-for-4 with a triple, Abby Ward was 2-for-3 with a double, and Cessa Higginbotham (RBI) and Kaylee Mann were each 1-for-4.
Byers earned the pitching win, striking out 14 and allowing 11 hits in nine innings.
For Richwood, Strader was 2-for-5 with a double, Dillard was 2-for-3, Amick was 1-for-3 with a double, and Bell was 1-for-4 with a double.
Oak Hill 0
As a prelude to next week's section tournament play, Valley and Oak Hill squared off in a game at Neal Field Wednesday.
The Greyhounds broke out the sticks early and plated 11 runs in three innings for an 11-0 victory over the Red Devils.
For Valley, Abigail Taylor was 3-for-3, launching a homer and a double and driving in five runs. Teammates Mallory Kincaid and Gracie Gipson were also 3-for-3. Kincaid had a double and two RBIs, while Gipson smacked a pair of two-baggers and drove in one run. Also for VHS, Haley Myers was 1-for-2 with a triple, Kenzie Duncan was 1-3 with an RBI, Emmie Lopetrone drove in a run, and Katie Huddleston was 1-for-2.
Lopetrone earned the pitching win, striking out five and holding Oak Hill (14-10) to one hit, a single by Savannah Holbrook.
Valley lost at Sherman Thursday. After that, a Saturday doubleheader at Pocahontas County is supposed to conclude the regular season.
Oak Hill 7
This past Tuesday, the host Red Devils eased past rival Fayetteville 7-4.
For Oak Hill, Kaylee Mann belted two doubles in four at-bats, driving in two runs in the process. Haylee Byers was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Brooke Linkswiler was 1-for-4 and drove in two runs, Savannah Holbrook and Cessa Higginbotham each smacked a double, and Kylie Pelkey was 1-for-3.
Lauren Spangler was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs to pace the Pirates. Skylar Richards smacked a double, Cassidy Roles drove in a run, and Rachel Peelish was 2-for-4.
Byers was the winning pitcher, as she struck out nine and surrendered eight hits.
Greenbrier West 8
Midland Trail 3
The Cavaliers got a pair of RBIs each from Camryn Dorsey and Kenley Posten to defeat the Patriots Tuesday.
Dorsey was 2-for-4 with a triple and a double, and Posten was 3-for-4 with a double. Laurel Bennett was 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI, Caley Chrisman was 3-for-4 and drove in a run, Reegan Lively was 2-for-4, and Dena McMillion and Makayla Lilly each knocked in a run.
Dorsey struck out six Trail batters to gain the mound verdict.
Meghan Gill was 1-for-1 with a triple and two RBIs for Midland Trail, and Emily Dickerson was 1-for-2.
Oak Hill 3
Greenbrier West 0
Oak Hill scored once in the first inning and twice in the second frame and eventually held off the Greenbrier West Cavaliers 3-0 on Monday.
Kaylee Mann and Brooke Linkswiler both supplied a base hit and one RBI for the Red Devils (13-9), while Kylie Pelkey, Abby Ward and Whitney Sisler were each 1-for-3.
Reegan Lively, Camryn Dorsey, Kenley Posten and Katlyn Gray supplied a hit apiece for the Cavaliers (13-5).
Haylee Byers went the full seven innings on the mound, striking out 13, scattering four hits and walking two to secure the shutout for Oak Hill, winner of eight of its last nine outings.
In relief of Dorsey, the starter, Posten struck out nine Red Devils and allowed no hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Oak Hill 11
In the first game of Monday's doubleheader in Oak Hill, the hosts pushed across six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the finishing touches on the defeat of the Tigers.
Kylie Pelkey was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to pace the OHHS attack. Haylee Byers and Paige Neal were both 1-for-2 and drove in a run, Whitney Sisler knocked in a pair of scores, and Savannah Holbrook and Chloe Atha logged one RBI apiece.
Agnew was 2-for-2 with a two-bagger and an RBI for Princeton, and Price was 2-for-2.
Sisler earned the pitching decision, yielding five hits and striking out seven.
Midland Trail 11, 5
Gilmer County 1, 8
The Patriots went on the road and split a doubleheader with Gilmer County on Monday.
In the nightcap, Midland Trail cruised to an 11-1 verdict, answering the Titans' 8-5 win in the opener.
Meghan Gill led the Patriots at the plate and on the mound in the second game. Gill was 1-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs, and she struck out three and gave up two hits to earn the pitching decision.
Faith Bailes (1-for-3), Kyleigh Jackson (1-for-4, double) and Chezney Skaggs (1-for-2) drove in two runs apiece, and Zavery McManaway was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
For Gilmer County, Jaycie Johnson and Taylor McHenry each had singles.
The Titans overcame a 4-1 deficit in the first game to claim the 8-5 decision.
Carrah Ferguson went 2-for-4 with a triple, a double and an RBI to lead Gilmer. Jada Gray was 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI, Johnson was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Autumn Law was 2-for-3, and Emma Taylor knocked in a run.
Ferguson was the winning pitcher.
Bailes (2-for-4) produced three RBIs for Midland Trail. Kyleigh Jackson (double), Skaggs and Serena Minor were each 2-for-4, Alex Ellison and Ryleigh Jackson were both 2-for-3, and Taylor Harrell and Jordian Stonestreet both drove in single runs.
Oak Hill 15
South Harrison 2
Oak Hill defeated South Harrison last weekend.
Haylee Byers was 3-for-3 with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs to lead the way. Whitney Sisler was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Savannah Holbrook was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Kylie Pelkey hit a double, Brooke Linkswiler and Kaylee Mann were both 2-for-3, and Paige Neal scored a pair of runs.
Sisler was the winning pitcher.
For South Harrison, B. Mitchell was 2-for-2 and M. Davis 1-for-1. Each drove in one run.
During the northern swing, Oak Hill also dropped a 7-2 decision to North Marion.
Pelkey and Holbrook were each 2-for-3, Byers drove in a run, and Abby Ward and Chloe Atha were both 1-for-2.
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After 22 games, Savannah Holbrook was guiding the Oak Hill offense with a .558 batting average (29 hits in 52 at-bats). The junior lefty had stroked six home runs and seven doubles and driven in 25 runs. Sophomore teammate Haylee Byers was batting .473 with four homers, seven doubles, two triples and 22 RBIs. Next in line was freshman Brooke Linkswiler, who was hitting .417 (25-for-60) with four doubles and 12 RBIs.
Also for Oak Hill, Kylie Pelkey was batting .353 (18-for-51) with eight doubles, and Kaylee Mann was hitting .283 (17-for-60) with seven doubles and 13 RBIs.
On the mound for the Red Devils, Byers had fashioned a 7-4 record with an ERA of 4.113 in 64.2 innings. Sisler was 6-4 with a 3.615 ERA in 40.2 innings, and Holbrook was 0-1 in 7.0 innings.
Through 17 games, Camryn Dorsey led the Greenbrier West offense with a .636 batting average (28-for-44). She had eight doubles, four triples, two homers and 22 RBIs. Caley Chrisman and Kenley Posten have been swinging big bats for the Cavaliers, too. Chrisman was batting .490 (25-for-51) with 12 doubles and 22 RBIs, and Posten was hitting at a .442 clip (27-for-61) with eight home runs, two triples and 31 RBIs.
Amanda Church followed at .436 (24-for-55) with five doubles and 11 RBIs, Katlyn Gray at .422 (19-for-45) with 13 RBIs, Dena McMillion at .380 (19-for-50) with 11 RBIs, and Reegan Lively at .333 (19-for-57) with 15 RBIs.
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