From Staff Reports
CUMBERLAND — Preseason All-Americans Tori Finucane and Jillian Ferraro lived up to their billing by winning the Most Valuable and Most Outstanding Player awards in leading Bishop O’Connell to a pair of wins in the F Club Softball Classic on Saturday at Constitution Park.
The Knights, ranked third in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National poll, opened the day with a 15-0 win over Southern and finished it with a 14-0 shutout of the host Sentinels. Fort Hill opened the Classic with a 19-5 win over Somerset.
Finucane, the MVP, extended her stretch of shut outs to 23 out of her last 24 games. She’s given up only one run over that time which was early this season. Against the Sentinels, the Missouri commit threw all five innings and allowed one hit with 11 strikeouts as the Knights needed five innings to get past Fort Hill.
She helped herself at the plate with a triple, while Ferraro, the MOP, did her damage with a home run and a single. Jenna Spille finished with a double and two singles, and the pair of Shannon Murphy and Mary Burk had two singles each.
Fort Hill’s one hit was a bunt-single by Alexis Kimmell.
“I’m very proud of the way the girls handled themselves,” Coach Mike Bittner said of his Sentinels. “They battled each and every pitch and fought tooth and nail against an all-American.
“She’s simply a phenomenal pitcher,” said Bittner of Finucane. “I don’t know of any other word, or I’d use it. To have the chance to play against a player like her and a team like O’Connell is something I think is going to help our team down the road. I know the fans were excited for this and I was very excited to play them.”
The Sentinels had 14 hits and got a complete game from Kimmell during the blowout of Somerset.
Alyssia Whitacre and Sierra Minnick had two singles each, and Shania James led the way with two singles and one double. Kimmell hit a double and a single and Michala Garrison hit a double.
For Somerset, Christian Witt had a double and a single, while Katie Acker and Sydney Geary had two singles.
Nine players joined Finucane and Ferraro on the All-Tournament team. Southern’s Faith Tichnell and Kelsey Beckman were honored, along with Somerset’s Maddy Ream and Witt. Burk, Haley Metcalfe and Amanda Ehlers were selected from Bishop O’Connell, and James and Kimmell were Fort Hill’s standouts.
The Sentinels (6-2) play host to Mountain Ridge on Tuesday. Southern visits Moorefield on Tuesday.
Mountain Ridge 11
SHORT GAP, W.Va. — Emma Baker belted two home runs and knocked in six runs, and Kiya Wilhelm also homered as Mountain Ridge overpowered Frankfort on Saturday.
Carlie Lewis tossed a no-hitter in the four-inning game, which was shortened by the 10-run rule.
Baker finished 3 for 3 with an RBI double in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third and a three-run homer in the fourth.
Wilhelm was 2 for 2 with a single and homer. Her home run was a three-run shot in the third.
Lewis struck out seven and walked two in getting the win.
Mountain Ridge (3-0 overall, 3-0 AMAC) led 2-1 before erupting for five runs in the third and four in the fourth.
Emily Ortt reached on an error and scored Frankfort’s run on a fielder’s choice.
Mountain Ridge, which had beaten Bishop Walsh 21-0 and Frankfort 8-0 in previous games, plays at Fort Hill on Tuesday at 4:30.
Frankfort (1-6, 0-4) hosts Moorefield on Monday.
Fort Hill JVs win two
CUMBERLAND — Lexi Dolly and Skylar Barbe both homered for Fort Hill in an 18-11 win over Somerset, followed by an 11-1 defeat of Northern.
Barbe also doubled and singled against the Eagles, as did Bailey Godlove. Miranda Donahue tripled and Brooke Puffenberger added two singles.
Dolly and Godlove each doubled against Northern. Izzy Pannone singled twice for the Sentinels.
Fort Hill plays Mountain Ridge Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Constitution Park.