Prep softball: Toppings, Logan blast way past Nitro
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- What a time to play at the peak.
The Logan softball team played perhaps its best game this season to advance in Class AAA Region 4 sectional play with a 14-4 victory against Nitro on Wednesday night.
Logan recorded 14 hits with batters contributing throughout the lineup to take command and knock Nitro from postseason play at St. Albans. Before facing Logan, Nitro fell 9-1 to St. Albans.
Logan Coach Randy Robinette said it was the perfect time for the offensive outbreak.
"Made contact, got it done," he said. "This is by far the best game we've played all year."
Logan scored in every at-bat but one and maintained a 6-0 lead after three innings. Nitro tallied four runs across its final four innings, but could not break through to threaten further. All the while Nitro battled to come back, Logan continued to score, including a five-run inning in the seventh.
Senior leadoff hitter Rachelle Toppings paced Logan with a 4-for-5 performance, including a home run.
"I was hoping I would get one before the season ended, my senior year," Toppings said. "It felt good."
Aarron Ward recorded three hits for Logan, too, with Hannah Kolovich the other multi-hit game with two hits to go with three RBI.
Robinette said the offensive eruption was the result of a determined team.
"Just desire, just wanting to prove we're not a bad ball club," he said, "that when we play that we are pretty good, and we did play pretty good except for the errors. We're really young, so that's to be expected some. We'll hope to hit the ball like that (Thursday) and play better defense."
Now, Logan looks ahead to face St. Albans. The teams will play a best-of-three series beginning today.
"They're a fine team," Robinette said of the Red Dragons. "Good offense, good defense. We're coming to play, we're coming to battle, and we'll let the chips fall where they may."
For Nitro, the loss marks the end of a disappointing season.
"We just wasn't in the ball games tonight," Nitro Coach Joyce Midkiff said. "We've played with these teams all year long and tonight just wasn't our night.
"A few times we were on that verge, but like I said it was a very emotional night, just not our night."
The season continues for Logan, though, as the Wildcats look to keep that season-best play rolling.
"We had a few really bad games and to come into this like we did hitting the ball, it was great," Toppings said. "We've been practicing a lot and it finally clicked. I guess when we really needed it, we had the heart."