Prep softball: Sissonville sweeps into regionals
POCA, W.Va. - The Sissonville High School softball team saw its probable Regional opponent, Herbert Hoover, score 21 runs on Monday night against Clay County.
The Indians made quite an offensive statement themselves one night later.
Sissonville (14-12) exploded for a combined 27 runs Tuesday in sweeping a doubleheader at Poca by scores of 19-3 and 8-0, and in the process quickly clinched the Class AA Region 4, Section 2 championship.
Sissonville (14-12) will face the rival Huskies (23-3) at Hoover on May 9 in the Region 4 semifinals.
"We looked great in both games," Gross said. "We are really hitting the ball. The past few games we have really taken off and are crushing the ball. I'm hoping it stays with us.
In the first game, the Indians pounded out 17 hits in earning an easy 19-3 victory in five innings. Taylor Legg led the way with a 4-for-4 performance.
Freshman pitcher Alexee Haynes also had four hits in the game and struck out 10 in getting the win. Abbey Jordan and Bekah Baldwin chipped in with three hits each, while Andrea Harmon and Reagan Johnson contributed two hits each.
"We just didn't want to play down to their level," Haynes said. "We played like we can to get ready for Hoover. It felt great. We came in really focused."
In game two, Baldwin had three of Sissonville's nine hits, including a home run in the fourth inning. The senior drove in three runs.
Haynes is having a breakout season, Gross said.
"Alexee has been absolutely amazing," said the third-year coach. "She is crushing the ball. She got her sixth home run tonight and leads the team in batting average and doubles.
A scout from North Carolina State University was in attendance looking at Haynes, who is one of many impressive freshmen on the Sissonville team.
"I'm very impressed with the freshmen," Gross said. "We start six of them. It really looks good for our future. These girls have set the tone for the program and we have good things coming to us in the future."
I'm really proud of all the freshman," Baldwin said. "I know the difference between middle school and high school. They have stepped up and did a great job."
While the future looks extremely bright for Sissonville, their main focus is the present, and their next game.
Sissonville lost both regular season games to the second-ranked Huskies but both were by one run decided in the last inning.
"We know they are good team, but we are ready," Gross said. "We are hungry. It's going to be tougher from here on out but we have a lot of confidence, and I believe in these girls. It's going to be a huge game."
"We know who is coming," Haynes said. "We can play with them. I think we have a lot of confidence and we will bring it."
In ending its season, Tori Ward hit a three-run home run to supply the Poca offense in the first game.
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