Williamstown ousts Lady Falcons, 3-1

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — The Lady Falcons found out what its like to be stung twice in a row.

For the second straight year, the Wahama softball team’s season was ended by the Lady YellowJackets, as Williamstown claimed a 3-1 victory over the Lady Falcons, in the Class A Region 4, Section 1 final on Monday in Wood County.

Wahama (23-10) — the No. 2 seed — needed to defeat the fourth-seeded Lady YellowJackets twice in order to win the section, as Williamstown defeated the Red and White in the winner’s bracket final, on Thursday in Hartford.

The Lady Falcons’ first base runner of the game came in the third inning, as Cynthia Hendrick singled. However, the Wahama senior was left stranded on second base.

Williamstown (17-12) —which has now won five straight games —got its first base runner of the game with two outs in the bottom of the third, when Keely Alsup drew a base on balls. After a wild pitch and an error, Alsup scored on a single by Nellie King for the game’s first run.

Williamstown pushed its lead to 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth frame, when Jocey West singled home Brittney Hooper and Faith Hoosier.

Wahama left a runner in scoring position in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The Lady Falcons scored their first and only run of the game with two outs in the top of the seventh, when Hannah Rose singled home Logan Eades.

King earned the pitching victory in a complete game for the Lady YellowJackets, striking out 11 and allowing one earned run, six hits and one walk.

Taylor McGrew struck out three batters and took the loss in six innings of work for Wahama, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and one walk.

Hendrick led the Wahama offense, going 3-for-3 with a double. Rose singled once and drove in one run, Alexis Mick and Ashtyn Russell both added a single, while Eades scored once.

West singled once and drove in two runs for Williamstown, while Hoosier and Alsup both singled once and scored once. King posted one hit and one RBI for the hosts, Kristin Harmon added a single, while Hooper scored one run.

The Lady Falcons committed two errors and left seven runners on base, while Williamstown had one error and stranded three runners.

Wahama won its first meeting of the year with Williamstown, by a 5-4 count, in Hartford on March 16.

Last season, the Lady YellowJackets ended Wahama’s year by a 4-1 count in the Class A Region 4 final.

Wahama — which won 12 of its final 14 games, with both setbacks coming to Williamstown — must now say goodbye to seniors Taylor McGrew, Cynthia Hendrick and Amara Helton.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley