Sydney Fikes down and ready at 3rd base against Gilmer.
Jenna Allman at bat against Lost Creek.
Tiffany Curtis making a play from short stop against Lost Creek.
With Record 8-1
The Lewis County U16 Thunderstruck softball team has completed their regular season with a record of 8-1. The team played their last regular season game on Friday, June 17, against Shumans Welding in Lost Creek.
With a solid defense behind the pitching of Kalea Franklin and a strong offense from the plate, they would take the win in six innings with a score of 14-3.
Tiffany Curtis led the team from the plate, going 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs.
They will now go into the league tournament as the number one seed with a first round bye. They will begin play on Tuesday, June 21.
Dodgers Win Tournament
After the completion of the regular season, the Gilmer County, Lewis County and Upshur County PONY Baseball Leagues hosted a season ending, seven-team tournament in the Bronco Division. Gilmer County was represented by one team the Dodgers.
Lewis County and Upshur County each had three teams. The Lewis County teams included the Cubs sponsored by Bee Tee Sports, the Pirates sponsored by McFly’s Outdoors and the Red Sox sponsored by Hannah House Bakery.
The Upshur County teams were Buffalo Wild Wings, Moose and Weyerheauser. The Dodgers, the number 1 seeded team, entering the tournament would flex its muscle and show why it earned the number one seed.
The Dodgers opened up their tourney play on Tuesday, June 14, when they took on the Pirates. After three and one half innings of play, the two teams were tied and the game had a look of pitchers duel. That came to an end in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Dodgers erupted for 10 runs and held on to an 11-1 one win over the Pirates.
L. Seif led the Dodgers with 2 hits while G. Butler, J. Liu, and A. Chapman each had 2 hits a piece. The Pirates were paced at the plate by Patrick Mehr who had 2 hits. A. Stewart pitched 4 innings to gain the mound win for the Dodgers while A. Ball pitched the final inning in relief. Trenton Murphy took the mound loss for the Pirates.
On Friday, June 17, the Dodgers met up with Weyerheauser of Upshur County in the championship of the winners bracket for a spot in the title round. The Dodgers once again showed why they were the tourney’s top seed when they scored 8 runs in the first two innings and coasted to 12-0 win and a spot in the overall championship game of the tournament.
The Dodgers were paced at the plate in this game by A. Ball who had 3 hits, while teammates L. Seif and J. Liu each collected two hits each.
E. Hamric pitched all five innings to gain the mound win for the Dodgers. So now, all the Dodgers had to do was await for the winner of the losers bracket to see who their opponent would be in the title round. Weyerheauser of Upshur County came out of the loser’s bracket and met the Dodgers in a rematch on Sunday, June 19. A win in this game by Weyerheauser would set up a second game while a win by the Dodgers would give them the crown in the week-long tourney that was played at the Upshur County and Lewis County fields.
The Dodgers opened up the scoring with 3 runs in the home half of the first inning and Weyerhauser came up with a run of their own in the top of the second to make the score 3-1 after one and one half innings of play.
The Dodgers kept the pressure on their opponents in the bottom half of the second when they added four more runs to take a 7-1 lead, after two innings of play. The Dodgers then scored 11 runs in their next two turns at bat to coast to an impressive 18-3 win over Weyerheauser and claim the title in the tri county tournament.
The Dodgers, in earning the championship, would score 41 runs while holding their opponents to just 4 runs in the three contests. J. Liu was the winning pitcher for the Dodgers who were led at the plate by Liu with 3 hits while C. Cogar and R. Beall had 2 hits each.
In other tournament action on June 13, the Pirates downed the Red Sox 9-4. Luke Davisson picked up the mound win for the Pirates while Tyler Heater was the losing pitcher for the Red Sox. Hunter Davisson, Trenton Murphy and Christian Mullins each had three hits for the Pirates with one of Mullins’ hits being a home run.
Leading the Sox at the plate was Tyson Lipps with three hits. On June 15, the Red Sox traveled to Upshur County to take on the Moose. The Red Sox scored two seventh inning runs to claim a 5-4 victory and stave off elimination. Tyson Lipps pitched all seven innings for the Red Sox to earn the mound win.
Owen Hunt led the Sox hit parade with three hits while Tyson Lipps and Tyler Heater had two hits each for the Red Sox. On June 17 the Pirates defeated the Red Sox again, this time by a score of 14-6 to eliminate the Sox from the tourney.
Christian Mullins was the winning pitcher for the Pirates while Owen Hunt was the losing pitcher for the Red Sox.
Hunter Davisson had four hits for the Pirates while Christian Mullins and Kole Jones each added two hits. Brandon Posey would add a home run for the Pirates. The Red Sox were led at the plate by Owen Hunt with three hits and Riley Conrad with 2 hits.
Red Sox 4
Winning Pitcher - Luke Davisson
Losing Pitcher - Tyler Heater
Red Sox Hitters - Tyson Lipps - 3 1bs; Tyler Heater - 2 2bs; Justice Heater - 1b
Pirates Hitters - Hunter Davisson - 3 1bs; Christian Mullins - 1b, 2b HR; Luke Davisson - 1b, 2b; Kole Jones - 1b; Trenton Murphy - 3 1bs; Patrick Mehr - 1b; Jack Paugh - 1b; Ian Droppleman - 1b; Asa Krinov - 1b
Red Sox 5
Winning Pitcher - Tyson Lipps
Red Sox Hitters - Tyson Lipps - 2 1bs; Tyler Heater - 2 2bs; Owen Hunt - 1b, 2b, 3b; Riley Conrad - 1b, David Johnson - 1b, 2b
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Winning Pitcher - Christian Mullins
Losing Pitcher - Owen Hunt
Red Sox Hitters - Garrett Bailey - 1b; Owen Hunt - 3 1bs; Riley Conrad - 1b 2b; Justice Heater - 1b; Adam Woofter - 1b
Pirates Hitters - Hunter Davisson - 3 1bs, 2b; Christian Mullins - 2 2bs; Luke Davisson - 1b; Kole Jones - 21bs, 2b; Patrick Mehr - 1b; Jack Paugh - 1b; Xavier Cossitt - 1b; Brandon Posey - HR; Ian Droppleman - 2b
Winning Pitcher - A. Stewart
Losing Pitcher - Trenton Murphy
Pirates Hitters - Luke Davisson - 1b; Patrick Mehr - 2 1bs
Dodgers Hitters - E. Hamric - 2b; G. Butler - 2 1bs; J. Liu - 2 2bs; A. Ball - 1b; L. Self - 1b; 2 2bs; A. Chapman - 2 1bs; R. Beall - 2b
Winning Pitcher - E. Hamric
Dodgers Hitters - E. Hamric - 2b; C. Cogar - 1b; A. Ball - 3 1bs; L. Self - 2 1bs; A. Chapman - 3b; J. Liu - 2 1bs; G. Butler - 1b; A. Stewart - 1b; R. Beall - 1b
Winning Pitcher - J. Liu
Dodgers Hitters - C. Cogar - 1b; 2b; J. Liu - 3 1bs; A. Ball - 2b; A. Chapman - 1b; R. Beall - 2 1bs
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