FROM STAFF REPORTS
PETERSBURG, W.Va. — Pitcher Kaitlyn Keplinger and catcher Cheyenne Earle took the term battery literal on Monday evening against Berkeley Springs, powering the Petersburg Vikings to a 4-2 win in the opener of the best-of-three series in the West Virginia Class AA, Region 2, Section II playoffs.
Keplinger threw all seven innings and got nine strikeouts, allowed one walk and gave up five hits. Offensively, she drove in the first two runs with a single in the third inning. With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Earle delivered the go-ahead, two-run single that put the Vikings on top to stay.
The Indians got a solo home run from Abby Gillingham in the fourth inning. Ashley Campbell hit two doubles, including an RBI hit in the third that scored Berkeley’s first run.
Losing pitcher Allura Rohm fanned eight in a complete game.
The Vikings (24-5) can win the series today in Berkeley Springs, or be forced into a rubber match back home on Wednesday.
Fort Hill 4
CRESAPTOWN — Sierra Minnick worked a six-hit shutout and Sarah Lowery crushed a two-run home run for the No. 3 Sentinels as Fort Hill wrapped up at least a tie for the Cumberland City championship with a win over Allegany Monday at Carl Belt Field.
Minnick struck out five in seven innings and scattered the six hits she surrendered to earn the win. Allegany countered with Tori Bohrer, who struck out four in four innings before being relieved, and Alexis Robinette. The pair allowed six hits, like Minnick, but put runners on at inopportune times.
The Sentinels got their first runs in the second when Lowery went deep with a runner on to make it 2-0. Taylor Hoppert drove in two runs in the fifth.
Morgan Cranford began the Fort Hill fifth with a double and scored along with Minnick on Hoppert’s single.
Ashleigh Eisentrout hit two singles for the Campers.
Fort Hill (11-6, 9-4 AMAC, 2-0 City) plays at Northern on Thursday before finishing the season with two games against Bishop Walsh. A win in either BW game will give the Sentinels sole possession of the City crown.
Allegany (8-6, 6-5 AMAC, 0-2 City) plays today at Southern.
HYNDMAN, Pa. — Jess Ringler rang up 10 strikeouts and went 2 for 4 as Hope for Hyndman hammered Hancock on Monday afternoon.
Ringler allowed four hits and two walks in the seven-inning outing, while coming up with two singles at the plate. Catcher Karly Willison went 3 for 4 with a two-run home run, triple and three runs batted in. Kayla Wilt drove in two runs with two singles.
The Hornets scored a run in the first and three more in the second. They got their fifth run in the fourth and scored the final three in the sixth.
Hyndman (8-5) plays at Mountain Ridge on Wednesday.
Vikings win first game of series, 4-2; FH tops Alco
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Sivic’s grand slam powers Allegany past Northern
ACCIDENT — Colton Sivic’s grand slam secured No.1 ranked Allegany’s 10-5 victory over No. 3 Northern in an Appalachain Mountain Athletic Conference matchup Wednesday evening as the Campers stayed perfect on the season.
Petersburg outlasts Pendleton
FRANKLIN — Second-ranked Petersburg’s four-run seventh inning propelled the Vikings over Pendleton County 14-10 on Wednesday afternoon.
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PSC sweeps Westmoreland
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The famed marquee had a message, too.
Miller, Mtn. Ridge shut out Alco, 2-0
Jenna Miller pitched well enough to keep Allegany off the scoreboard and Mountain Ridge scrapped together two runs as the No. 1 Miners topped the No. 3 Campers 2-0 at Carl Belt Field for their 60th consecutive win.
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