By Carl Holcomb
Moorefield Examiner –
The bark of the Lady Bulldogs wasn’t heard over the drone of the Yellow Jackettes flying to their third consecutive Region II Championship with a 27-0 victory last Thursday in Elkins.
Moorefield (23-6) secured its third straight trip to the state tournament in Vienna in dominating fashion unleashing 13 runs in the first inning against Tygarts Valley (7-11) .
This was a tough bone for the Lady Bulldogs to chew, especially since this was the first Region II appearance in school history.
“It is a big win. We hit the ball very well. It is special to reach state. These girls have worked hard and I’m just excited that we have the opportunity to go next week,” Moorefield Coach Tammie Ayers remarked.
“The downer is we play Buffalo right off the bat; but hey, we have to end up playing them so let’s bring on the Bison. It is double elimination, so hopefully we’ll hit as well as we did today. Our pitching was on and defense was good. We just need to keep hitting the ball well. Get everybody a little bit of experience even the younger girls, you never know when you might need them next week. It’s pretty special, because these girls have remained focused. They work hard and we’re just reaching out for our goal which is that state championship.”
Some of the challenges the Lady Bulldogs faced for this Region II title game was a location change from Mill Creek to Elkins Middle School, an afternoon awards ceremony, game time at 3:00 p.m., and graduation in the evening.
“I told the girls coming in, no matter what there’s nobody in the history of this softball program [eight years] who could ever say they played in a regional game,” Tygarts Valley Coach Hannah Sundberg commented.
“It’s a great accomplishment in my eyes, and they know it was. We’re proud of them and you can’t do much better than coming here. We had a little bit of chaos, because we had to change the location of where the game was and graduation. We had an awards assembly today and had some girls getting here 20 minutes before the game started. I think nerves got to them as well. We can’t take away, they [Moorefield] had some good hits. We had some errors I wish we could have changed, but we had some good hits and I guess we tried our best. When we played Notre Dame on Monday, that was the first time we got past sectionals winning.”
The Yellow Jackettes’ wake at home plate generated 300 total runs for the season thus far.
Tygarts Valley senior pitcher Charity Lower yielded nine hits in the first inning as Moorefield swarmed the base paths.
Moorefield opened the Region II title contest by going through the lineup twice.
The hitting barrage started with back-to-back singles by seniors Brooklin Gilbert and Beth Cook as well as two stolen bases.