Lady Falcons win 30th straight


From Staff Reports



HARTFORD, W.Va. — It won’t make it to ESPN, but this was easily a 30-f0r-30 moment.

The Wahama softball team extended its winning streak to 30 games with a 15-0 home victory over the Ritchie County Lady Rebels in four innings Tuesday evening.

The Lady Falcons (3-0, 2-1 LKC) have outscored their opponents 30-0 so far into their title-defending campaign.

The White and Red scored in each of the four innings and only gave up one hit in the victory.

Wahama got out to a comfortable 3-0 lead at the bottom of the first, started by a Kalyn Christian double to bring home Lauren Noble and Morgan Christian.

The first was capped off with a single by Emma Knapp to bring Kalyn home.

After scoring a run in the second, the Lady Falcon onslaught continued with 7-run third and 4-run fourth innings to bring in the mercy rule.

The home team outhit the visitors 19-1, with the lone hit for the Lady Rebels coming at the top of the third inning.

Mikie Lieving was the lone pitcher for the Lady Falcons in Tuesday’s ballgame, allowing one hit and no walks in the four innings while striking out nine Ritchie County batters.

Out of the nine girls in the Wahama lineup, eight of them scored at least one run and and provided a hit — while another six notched at least one RBI.

Noble led the way for the hosts with three runs, four hits and three RBI, followed by Amber Wolfe with a line of 3-3-3 and Lieving with 2-3-3.

Kalyn and Bailee Bumgarner each scored a pair of runs, while Morgan, Knapp and Kate Reynolds reached home once.

White Falcons hammer Ritchie County, 13-3

MASON, W.Va. — Making the most of all of those opportunities.

The Wahama baseball team belted out 10 hits and benefited from seven errors by visiting Ritchie County en route to a 13-3 victory Tuesday in a Little Kanawha Conference matchup at Claflin Stadium.

The White Falcons (2-1, 2-1 LKC) had seven different players produce at least one hit and another nine separate athletes scored at least once as the hosts never trailed in the 5-inning mercy rule triumph.

The score was tied at two after an inning and a half of play, but WHS answered with four runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on another run in the third to build a commanding 7-2 cushion through three complete.

The Rebels countered with a run in the top of the fourth to close the gap down to four, but the guests were never closer the rest of the way.

The Red and White tacked on six more scores in the home half of the fourth for a 10-run advantage, then faced five batters in the fifth before completing the mercy rule triumph.

Facing a 2-all tie headed into the bottom of the second, Nathan Manuel led the inning off with a triple and eventually came around to score what proved to be the winning run on a 1-out single by Logan Roach for a 3-2 edge.

Wahama outhit the guests by a 10-2 overall margin and also committed three of the 10 errors in the contest. WHS stranded four runners on base, while the Rebels left six on the bags.

Bryce Zuspan was the winning pitcher after allowing three runs (one earned), two hits and three walks over four innings of work while striking out five.

Outside of one walk, Trey Ohlinger worked a perfect inning of relief in the top of the fifth for the hosts.

Ethyn Barnitz led Wahama with three hits and three runs scored, followed by Roach with two hits and two runs scores. Barnitz and Ethan Gray also frove in a team-best three RBIs apiece.

Manuel, Ohlinger, Zuspan, Nathan Fields and Hayden Lloyd added a safety apiece for the victors. Lloyd also scored twice for WHS.

Garrett Cunningham paced RCHS with a homer, a run scored and an RBI. Wyatt Flesher also had a safety and scored once in the setback, while Bryar Lamp drove in a run as well.

Jeremy Darnold took the loss for the Rebels after surrendering seven runs (five earned), eight hits and two walks over three innnings while fanning two.

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