Prep softball, baseball roundup
WINFIELD, W.Va. - Hurricane catcher Linzie Reynolds led an offensive explosion for the visiting Redskins (9-1), going 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in a 12-0, four-inning win over host Winfield (6-6).
Sophomore pitcher Courtney Rogers went the distance to get the win, giving up two hits. Cassi Sargent also homered for the Redskins, who are ranked fifth in the West Virginia Sportswriters Class AAA poll.
Winfield's Brenna Ferguson left the game after suffering what appeared to be a serious leg injury at third base. Sources reported late Thursday that Ferguson suffered no broken bones, however, and had been released from medical care.
Kenna Markham doubled for the Generals in the loss.
In other games:
St. Albans 9-13, Clay County 2-0 - The Red Dragons (12-0) warmed up for a key home game today against No. 3 Cabell Midland with a road sweep of a doubleheader at Clay.
SA, ranked sixth in Class AAA, got a three-inning win in the nightcap led by a five-RBI performance from senior Mariah Caudill. The four-year starter hit a pair of triples and a double in the win, in which senior starter Ali Haynes picked up her 12th win while giving up one hit.
The first game, however, gave SA Coach Greg Garber cause for concern. Haynes doubled and finished with 3 RBI and struck out 10 in getting the win, but the Dragons committed three errors and the winless Panthers extended the game for its full seven innings.
"We didn't hit well against Huntington (in a 1-0 win on Wednesday) but we played good defense and got good pitching," Garber said. "I wasn't too happy with anything I saw today. If we play like that against Midland it could be a short game."
SA's Haili McCown was a combined 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI in the doubleheader.
The Knights (6-1) pounded No. 2 Lincoln County 13-3 on Wednesday, but did not play Thursday. Midland's scheduled contest against George Washington was cancelled.
It was the second GW game called off this week, as a number of the team's players are out of town for spring break.
Herbert Hoover 8, Nicholas County 0 - Huskies sophomore Allison Rager pitched five shutout innings to lead the top-ranked team in Class AA to a five-inning home win over the previously unbeaten and seventh-ranked Grizzlies (5-1).
Mikayla Craze went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI to lead Hoover (4-1) while Kati Angle had a two-run double.
Sissonville 5, Ripley 2 - The Indians (6-2) had six hitters go 2-for-4 while pounding out 13 hits against Vikings (8-2) pitchers in a road win.
Catcher Kaitlyn Linville was one of those in the Sissonville hit parade, and she finished a triple, double and three RBI. The Indians scored four runs in the top of the sixth to help get pitcher Bekah Baldwin.
Baldwin, who also went 2-for-4, struck out eight.
Riverside 12, Jeffersontown, Va. - At the Grand Strand Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Warriors improved to 9-7 in a three-inning blowout.
Alyssa Sparks had a triple, a double and drove in three runs for Riverside, which also got a pair of RBI from Kaylee Wolfe.
Wayne 6, Huntington 0 - Pioneer pitcher Jessie Rowe struck out eight and gave up just three hits - all to Highlander Rachel Bias - to help Class AA No. 3 Wayne improve to 5-3.
Emily Thompson hit a two-run home run for the Pioneers, and Payton Fetty also homered. Savannah Petty doubled twice in the win.
In prep baseball Thursday:
Herbert Hoover 8, Sissonville 1 - Matt Justice went the distance and gave up just one run on one hit as the Huskies (10-0) won on the road.
Corey Bird went 2-for-2 with two RBI for Hoover. Zach Null was 2-for-3 for Sissonville (5-7) and took the loss on the mound.