By Carl Holcomb
Moorefield Examiner –
Moorefield claimed its own Bub Riggleman Memorial Fastpitch Softball Tournament Championship title for the second straight year while crushing four home runs in a 15-5 win over Petersburg.
“This is awesome,” Moorefield Coach Tammie Ayers remarked.
“These girls have worked really hard this Spring. They worked really hard for this and I’m real proud they came together as a team and played very well. The girls stepped up to the plate and hit the ball hard, that’s all I can ask of them to do.”
The Yellow Jackettes honored the memory of Bub Riggleman with this tournament which originally began as the Eastern Heat in 2001.
Riggleman’s children played softball (Elizabeth) and baseball (Nathan) for Moorefield and they came down to the Moorefield Town Park to watch the games and share in the memories with the Yellow Jackettes.
Riggleman was known for his strong support of the softball program, constantly cheering from the fence and joining in on the chants too.
His legacy lives on in this tournament every year.
The Yellow Jackettes (11-5) were cheering loudly from the beginning of the title game and stung the Vikings (11-2) for a 4-0 advantage in the top of the first inning.
“Nobody likes a second place trophy,” Petersburg Coach Dwayne Hedrick noted.
“This was our first championship game, so it’s good to be in our first one. We’d like the circumstances and match-ups to be a little different. We threw two young pitchers on the mound and they have some growing pains and that’s what we are working through this year. Today was Moorefield’s day. Everything they hit went out today.”
Moorefield loaded the bases as Brooklin Gilbert was hit by a pitch, then Beth Cook and Tara George reached on singles.
Brooke Riggleman delivered a two-run producing RBI Double and Bethany Smith followed with a 2-RBI single off Petersburg pitcher Cassidy Hedrick.
The Lady Vikings brought in Callie Wisnewski to pitch the rest of the game and she got the next three outs on a fielder’s choice, groundout, and flyout.
Moorefield pitcher Danica Rogers started with inside throws a little too far hitting the first two Petersburg batters Marley Thompson and Tori Weasenforth.
After a flyout, Wisnewski created an RBI with a fielder’s choice as Thompson slid home safely behind Moorefield catcher Tara George receiving the ball.
Megan Cook cut the deficit in half with an RBI single.
Petersburg took a 5-4 lead on a three run home run by Leah Hahn.
Moorefield tied the game in the second inning as Ashley Rexrode drew a walk, advanced to third base on groundouts before being plated on an error off a hit by George.
The Yellow Jackettes regained the lead for good in the third inning as Bethany Smith got a good hop over Marley Thompson’s glove at third base for a single in the leadoff spot.
After a fielder’s choice out by Rogers, Kelsey Hines smashed the ball deep and it ricocheted off center fielder Tori Weasenforth’s glove for a home run plus a 7-5 edge.
In the bottom of the third inning, Rogers sandwiched two strikeouts around a diving attempt for a catch by Brooklin Gilbert which bounced out of the glove on a high bunt by Wisnewski.
A line drive to Hines ended the side.