Cumberland Times-News

April 8, 2013

Petersburg powers past University for tournament title


Cumberland Times-News

— FROM STAFF REPORTS

FARMINGTON, W.Va. — Brittany Bible belted a double and two singles, Kamee Iman hit a three-run triple and Marley Thompson got her third win of the weekend, lifting Petersburg to a 15-6 win over University in the championship game of the Diamond Dawg high school softball tournament Saturday afternoon.

Petersburg (6-1) went 4-0 in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament, beating Clay-Batelle Friday night 18-0 and University 3-2, Lincoln 6-4 and University again in the championship game on Saturday.

In the title game, Petersburg overcame a poor start that enabled University to score six unearned runs and build a 6-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings. But the Vikes came back with five runs in the third inning and took the lead with a six-run fourth.

Kaitlyn Keplinger had three singles, Thompson two singles and an RBI and Cheyenne Earle a pair of singles as the Vikings pounded out 14 hits. Thompson pitched all seven innings, allowed seven hits but no earned runs, struck out five and walked none.

Thompson went 3-0 in the tournament, beating University twice and Clay-Battelle.

Keplinger had at least two hits in every game, Earle had a big RBI single in Saturday morning’s 3-2 win over University, and Thompson had two hits and two RBIs and Bible a home run against Lincoln.

Petersburg plays a makeup game today, at Pendleton, at 6:30.

Southern splits pair

CUMBERLAND — The Southern girls softball team dropped a pair of games in the F Club Classic on Saturday at Long Field, losing to nationally-ranked Bishop O’Connell (Va.) 15-0 and to Somerset (Pa.) 12-6.

In the first game, Tori Finucane tossed a one-hitter and struck out 18 while Amanda Ehlers homered and had four hits to lead O’Connell, ranked No. 3 in the nation by MaxPreps.com. Finucane, a MaxPreps Preseason All-American, had a 0.09 ERA and 332 strikeouts last year as a junior.

Shannon Murphy and Hayley Metcalf had three hits and Jillian Ferrard homered for O’Connell. Faith Tichnell had Southern’s hit, a leadoff triple in the second inning.

In the second game, Somerset grabbed an early 5-0 lead. The Rams got to within 5-3 when Kelsey Beckman doubled and scored in the second and Michaela Bosley doubled and Haleigh Schultz and Tichnell singled in the third.

Sydney Geary got the win, scattering eight hits and striking out five. Tichnell and Sturtz had two hits for Southern.

Southern jayvees win

The Southern jayvees beat Northern and Somerset, both by 17-1 scores, in the Fort Hill F Club Classic.

Nicole McCloskey hit two triples and a single and Brianna Bosley had a double and single in the win over Northern. Carlee Andrews allowed only one hit and fanned seven for the win.

Against Somerset, Jackie Chapman tripled and singled twice, Paranda Uber doubled and singled twice and Hannah Virts, McCloskey and Sammi Botterbusch had two hits. Bosley tripled. Karlee Meyers was the winning pitcher.