BUFFALO, W.Va. -- Don't tell members of the South Cardinals that Thursday's three-game sweep of the North Bears was meaningless.
The South dominated the scoreboard in three wins over the North at Buffalo High School, winning the first game 8-0, the second 13-1 and the five-inning finale 8-2.
Allyson Johnson of Scott highlighted a two-inning display of dominance for the South in the first game.
Johnson ripped a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the sixth, a smash that complimented her six homers hit in the home run derby earlier in the day.
"It feels nice to end my high school career with big hits like that," Johnson said.
Set to join the softball program at West Liberty University in the fall, Johnson said she believes the momentum from her senior season will carry over to the college game.
"I plan to make big contributions in college to my team, even as a freshman," she said. "Just as I did here today, making contributions when needed."
Lincoln County center fielder Morgan Hutchison ended the late-inning outburst with an RBI, but the South still had some business to take care of in the field to close out the seventh. There, a tremendous trio of infielders took over.
West Virginia State University-bound pitcher Ali Haynes of St. Albans threw a shutout in Game 1, earning Most Valuable Player honors in the process. She had plenty of defensive help, particularly in closing out the win.
With one out in the seventh and a runner on first, Cabell Midland third baseman Morgan Zerkle snatched a ground ball and snapped a throw to Wayne shortstop Jessica Watts at second base, who immediately tossed it to Midland first baseman Morgan Kelly for a flashy double play.
While impressive, plays like that nothing strange to the three.