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Jaydin Lipps of the Lady Patriots softball team warms before action gets underway.

Payton Campbell of the Lady Patriots gets ready to field the ball during recent softball action.

Zoriah Henline of the Lady Patriots warms up during recent middle school softball action.


Minutemaids Softball Wins 3 of 5 in One Week

On Monday, April 18, the girls traveled to East Fairmont.  With an aggressive offense from the plate and on the bases, the girls would come home with a 9-3 win.  Emily Hellems led the team from the plate, going 2 for 4 with a single, double, 1 RBI and scoring 1 run.
Alexis Hudson took the win on the mound, pitching 7 innings with 30AB, 5K, 4BB, 3H, 2R and 1ER.
S. Fikes 2b 4212, T. White cf 5111, P. Bragg lf 5000, B. Posey c 4001, T. Riffle 3b 3110, A. Rumbach ss 3110, M. White rf 3100, E. Hellems 1b 4121, A. Hall dp 4112.
On Tuesday, April 19, they traveled to North Marion.  The team’s offense would struggle during the game and would only be able to score 2 runs on 4 hits.  Behind the pitching of Hudson, Lewis kept N. Marion to only 5 hits, but would commit 7 errors and allow 5 unearned runs to lose the game by a score of 2-5.
Hudson pitched 6 innings with 31 AB, 4K, 1BB, 5H and 5R.
S. Fikes 2b 2000, T. Curtis 2b 1000,  T. White cf 3120, P. Bragg lf 3110, B. Posey c 3000, T. Riffle 3b 3001,  A. Rumbach ss 3000, E. Hellems 1b 3010, M. White rf 3010,  A. Hall dp 3000.
 On Thursday, April 21,  Lewis hosted Buckhannon and Grafton in a double header.  In the first game, Lewis jumped out in the first inning against BU with 6 runners crossing the plate.  BU answered in the 2nd inning, scoring 2 runs on their own.  Lewis’ offense knocked 5 more runs across the plate in the 4th, to increase their lead to 11-2.  Lewis then held off BU to win the game 11-2 in 5 innings.  Torie Riffle led the team from the plate, going 2 for 2 with a double, home run, 3 RBIs and scored 2 runs.  
Morgan White took the win from the mound, pitching 5 innings with 24AB, 3K, 2BB, 5H and 2ER.
S. Fikes 2b 3210, T. White cf 3211, P. Bragg lf 3111, B. Posey c 2212, E. Hellems 1b 3001, A. Rumbach ss 2122, M. White p 2110, T. Riffle 3b 2223, M. Turner rf 3000.
In the 2nd game vs Grafton, the girls scored 5 runs in the first 4 innings.  Grafton then scored 5 runs of their own in the 5th inning to tie up the game.  The 6th inning saw Lewis score 3 more runs and Grafton score 1 run to make the score 8-6.  Grafton then scored 3 unearned runs in the 7th inning, but Lewis answered in the bottom of the inning with 1 run, to tie the game back up at 9-9 at the end of regulation.  The Maids then held Grafton in the top of the inning and then Hudson hit a walk off single to score Riffle and take the 10-9 win.
Hudson took the win, pitching 8 innings with 42AB, 6K, 4BB, 15H, 9R, 6ER and 2WP.
S. Fikes 2b 5110, T. White cf 5231, P. Bragg lf 5000, B. Posey c 5240, E. Hellems 1b 5000, A. Rumbach ss 5221, M. White rf 5121, T. Riffle 3b 5243, A. Hudson p 5021.
     On Friday, April 22, they traveled to Elkins.  Elkins jumped out and scored 5 runs in the first inning.  Lewis’ bats stayed cold on a chilly evening and were only able to score 3 runs in the game, losing by a score of 3-8.  Tori White led Lewis from the plate, going 2 for 4 with 2 singles and a double.  Paije Bragg added a solo HR and scored twice.
A. Hudson got the loss, pitching 4 innings with 27AB, 1K, 3BB, 10H, 8R 7ER and 1 WP.  M. White came in as relief and pitched 2 innings with 9AB, 1K, 2BB and 1H.
S. Fikes 2b 4011, T. White cf 4031, A. Rumbach ss 3000, B. Posey c 3000, T. Riffle 3b 3000, M. White rf/p 3000, P. Bragg lf 3210, L. Blake dp 3110, A. Hudson p 2010, M. Turner rf 1000.

Lady Patriots Win
3 in 4-Game Week

The Lady Patriots softball team traveled to Elkins on Monday, April 18, to play the first of four straight games. Abby Hartley would give up 1 run on 2 hits as the Lady Patriots rolled to a 13-1 4 inning game.
Abby Hartley and Morgan Riffle each had 3 hits. Payton Campbell added a triple and scored 4 runs. Tatum Conner and Olivia Krinov added 2 hits each and Kaelye Crook, Taylor Atchison, Emma Cayton, Jaydin Lipps and Emma Starett each had a hit in the win.
The Lady Patriots would suffer their first defeat on Tuesday as South Morgantown came to town and won 14-9. “We had just beaten South earlier for their first loss of the year and they came to play,” stated Coach Pratt. The Lady Patriots looked headed for victory, leading 8-3 heading into the fifth inning. South exploded for 9 runs and thanks to 6 walks and some timely hitting they went on to win the game.” Our pitchers struggled to find the strike zone, in the 5th,” stated Coach Pratt, but take nothing away from South as they hit the ball extremely well. They are a carbon copy of us as they have great pitching and great hitting.”
Jaydin Lipps had 3 hits and Abby Hartley, Morgan Riffle, Ella McDougal and Kaelye Crook all had 2 hits including a big home run for Kaelye Crook.
The Lady Patriots had to dust themselves off fast as they traveled to Braxton County on Wednesday to take on an improved Braxton County squad. The Lady Patriots scored 4 runs in the first inning and held on to a 10-6 win. “We played inspired ball after getting the early win,” said Coach Pratt, but great teams know how to bounce back and that’s what we did.”
Abby Hartley had 3 hits and scored 3 runs followed by Jaydin Lipps and Morgan Riffle with 2 hits each. Kaelye Crook, Olivia Krinov and Ella McDougal had hits in the win. Zoriah Henline picked the mound win.
The Lady Patriots would be on the road again as they traveled to Doddridge County to play their 4th game, in as many days. The Lady Patriots scored 4 runs in the first as Emma Cayton drove in 2 runs with a double. The Lady Patriots put the game away in the 4th inning as Emma Cayton hit a bases-loaded triple to pick up 3 more RBIs. Emma had 3 hits in the win and Abby Hartley and Ella McDougal had 2 hits each. Payton Campbell, Jaydin Lipps, Morgan Riffle, Kaelye Crook, Zoriah Henline and Olivia Krinov all added a hit in the win. Zoriah Henline gained the win as the Lady Patriots rolled 13-2.
“ We were a little tired playing for the 4th night in a row, but we have a strong group,” stated Coach Pratt. “I am so proud of these Lady Patriots. They know how to win.”

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