By Carl Holcomb
Moorefield Examiner –
Moorefield Major (11-12) Softball won its first state championship in program history for Moorefield Little League by dominating opponents 67-5 with a culminating 10-2 title win over Ona at Moorefield Town Park last Thursday.
“This team’s got ‘one team, one dream’ as their motto. Bekah [Cook] actually made a checklist for us in the beginning: District, State, Regional, World Series,” Moorefield manager Kevin Markwood stated.
“We now have two check marks on that checklist. There are four parts to this dream and we’ve accomplished two of them. We have to keep going and keep playing our ball game. We can compete and we will compete, I’m confident of that. I’ve been telling them for two days to keep the mojo, the momentum going, to keep it up. We started a little flat tonight and I was afraid of that, because we beat this team 20-3 the other night. I kept telling them it was going to be a different team, then they had to burn their best pitcher last night. We need to come out with more focus, give 100 percent effort, and play our game. We battled back and played a good game, played our game.”
This is the first time this age group from Moorefield won a state championship since Major (11-12) Baseball won in 1986.
Moorefield Little League now has six state softball titles (2005/2011 Senior League, 2009/2012 Junior League, 2013 10-11, 2014 11-12) and two baseball titles (1975 Senior League, 1986 11-12).
This squad was the Southeast Regional Champion in the 10-11 years old division last season in Luray, Va. and look to garner another Southeast Regional title in Warner-Robins, Ga. this week to secure a trip to the World Series in Portland, Ore.
Moorefield won the last game of pool play on Monday against Ona by the score of 20-3 and had to wait to see who the semifinal opponent would be.
Sophia defeated Wayne 7-1 to setup a state semifinal match with Moorefield.
Moorefield shutout Sophia 7-0 on Wednesday to advance to the state championship.
Ona beat Hedgesville 12-5, then rallied to upset Boone Northern who had been dominant in the pool play in extra innings to advance to the championship.
Moorefield was ecstatic to be playing in the state championship, for a second straight year, but knew not to take anything for granted.
Ona had a tough challenge facing Moorefield, having utilized its best pitcher in the semifinal contest and previously struggled against Moorefield at the plate.
Ona came out of the gate with a vengeance, connecting for three consecutive singles to commence the state championship game off Moorefield pitcher Hanna Carlson.
Ona’s leadoff batter Megan Nethercutt hit a single just past the glove of Bekah Cook to get the championship started.