Paden City Falls to Magnolia in Sectionals
The Eagles’ Ashley Tharp and Ashlyn Piekarski limited the Wildcats to one run on three hits, striking out six to push Magnolia into the semi-finals of the WVSSAC Class-A Region I, Section II with a 9-1 victory May 3 at the Eagles’ Hydro Field.
After setting the Wildcats in order in the top of the first, the Eagles threatened in the opening stanza, with runners at second and third and one out, but a pop-out and a ground-out ended the threat.
Another one-two-three second inning by Tharp and the Lady Eagles didn’t come easy, as Tharp gave up a double to Jenna Ferrebee and a ground-out that had Ferrebee at third, Tharp rifled a throw at third to pick-off Ferrebee off.
In the bottom half of the second, Via Anderson drilled a solid single to left center and scooted to second on a Lindsay Whiteman single. Kenna Petin ripped a fastball to the right center field fence for a stand-up RBI double. Lauren Anderson knocked in Whiteman with a ground-out, while Kayna Anderson fielder’s-choice brought in another run to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.
The third straight one-two-three innings by Tharp and crew had the Eagles wanting to get more in their home-half. And, indeed they did, as Ashlyn Piekarski got things roaring with a double. She scored on a solid double by Via Anderson to the right-center field fence, while Petin drove her home on a rocket to right field to push the Lady Eagles’ lead to 6-0.
The Chris Neff bunch would not go down quietly, as Hannah Loy led-off with a single, followed by a strikeout and a Blue Eagle error, sent the mighty Ferrebee to the plate and jumped on a Tharp fast-ball, and drilled in to the fence for an RBI double for the Wildcats’ only tally of the night.
The Lady Eagles weren’t done scoring as Kayna Anderson was hit-by-a-pitch to open the fourth; Paige Brill singled, and Tharp walked to load the bases. Piekarski sent home Kayna and Brill with her second single of the night, while Kyndra Pilant drove home Tharp with a sacrifice fly to extend their lead to 8-1.
Piekarski took over the helm at the mound and struck-out two of the three batters she faced to head into the fifth, needing only a run to get the mercy-rule victory.
Petin picked up her third base hit of the night to get things started, while Lauren Anderson reached on fielders-choice and quickly stole second. Brill knocked in Lauren Anderson with a walk-off single to advance Magnolia to the semi-finals against the Ritchie County Lady Rebels Friday, May 4 at the Eagles’ Hydro Field.
Petin paced the Blue Eagles with three hits, including a double, while knocking in two runs. Via Anderson and Piekarski each had two hits that included a RBI double. Brill singled twice, while knocking in the final Eagle tally. Lindsay Whiteman singled, while Kayna Anderson reached base twice, scored a run and knocked in a run.
From the circle, Tharp struck-out four and scattered three hits, getting the win. Piekarski got the Wildcats out one-two-three with two strikeouts.
The Wildcats were paced by senior Jenna Ferrebee, who doubled twice and knocked in a run, and made a nice catch in the outfield to rob Magnolia of an extra base hit. Hannah Loy had the other hit, an infield single. Freshman hurler Erin Mcintrye went the distance, walked two and hit three Magnolia batters.
The Wildcats finished the season as a finalist in the OVAC Class-A. They will lose seniors Katrina Heasley, Jenna Arnett, Caitlin Stewart, Aubrey Neff, Bre Henthorn, Angelina Straight and Jenna Ferrebee to graduation.
St. Marys Gets Win Over Wildcats In Sectional Opener
Paden City dropped an 8-2 decision to visiting St. Marys on Monday, April 30, in a Region One, Section Two, high school softball game. Erin McIntrye, Paden City’s freshman pitcher, took the loss – giving up 10 hits, striking out one and walking one. The Blue Devils had five unearned runs in the game, which led to the win. Paden City had seven hits but committed four errors. The Wildcats got a two-run scoring double from Jenna Ferrebee to account for all of their scoring. Hannah Loy added two hits, a single and a double, for the Wildcats.
St. Marys took a 5-0 lead into the fifth inning when the Wildcats scored their two runs to get close, but the Blue Devils added three more over the next two innings to get the win.
“We played well but just couldn’t seem to get the bat on the ball. Our pitching and defense were solid, but the few mistakes we made cost us. St. Marys took advantage of our miscues and that was the story of the game,”said Coach Chris Neff. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 9-6 on the year.
Paden City/St. Marys coverage by Ed Parsons.