By Carl Holcomb –
The Yellow Jackettes survived a torrential downpour en route to winning six games and the Bub Riggleman Tournament Championship at the Moorefield Town Park.
“It was great to do this with our group of seniors and group of players. We had many adversities to overcome and this weekend we proved that we are standing together as one team. We hit well and played defense well. The pitchers were all on all weekend,” Moorefield Coach Tammie Ayers commented.
“The two teams to be undefeated and play in the championship game was awesome too. All the teams played hard. It was a nice tournament with good sportsmanship all the way around. The rain didn’t help any, but my field crew did a great job.”
Moorefield hosted seven other teams at the Bub Riggleman Tournament: Hedgesville, Martinsburg, Greenbrier East, Frankfort, Petersburg, Ripley, and Berkeley Springs.
The Bub Riggleman Memorial Fastpitch Tournament was originally called the Eastern Heat starting back in 2001.
Moorefield started the tournament on Friday afternoon with a game against Martinsburg.
The Yellow Jackettes had a slow start, but swarmed in the end for a 13-3 victory. Moorefield’s Shayna Vetter started the day pitching two strikeouts and catching a line drive.
Moorefield’s Tara George hit a solo home run in the first inning which was followed by a double hit by Beth Cook.
In the second inning, Moorefield got two-out back-to-back-toback singles by Taylor Zuber, Brooklin Gilbert, and Tara George with the last hit scoring Zuber.
Martinsburg managed to score a run in the third inning as Abbee
Lowery hit a double and scored on an error.
The Yellow Jackettes went up 3- 1 as Michaela Regester doubled and Brooke Riggleman hit a sacrifice fly.
The Lady Bulldogs rallied to knot the agame at 3-all in the top of the fourth inning as Megan Watson hit a RBI single and Leah Zombro added a RBI double.
The Yellow Jackettes responded with a demonstrative swarm of hits and collected 10 runs to end the game at the bottom of the fourth.
Taylor Zuber hit a leadoff single, then Cheyenne Lender came in as a courtesy runner and stole seond.
Brooklin Gilbert smacked a RBI double which was followed by Tara George’s RBI single.
George moved to second on the throw home.
Beth Cook reached first base on an error and George scored on a past ball.
Michaela Regester hit a RBI single for a 7-3 edge.
Brooke Riggleman smashed a two-run home run for a 9-3 advantage.
Katelynn Wills doubled, then Weese reached on an error and one run came home.
After a ground out, Zuber hit a RBI single.
Danica Rogers followed with a RBI double.
After a flyout, Cook reached on an error as the right fielder dropped the ball and the game winning run came across the plate.
The games in the early afternoon which concluded before the storm hit were:
Hedgesville 12, Frankfort 2
Greenbrier East 8, Frankfort 0
Berkeley Springs 12, Petersburg 3
There was a torrential downpour around 4:30 p.m. and the teams waited for the storm to pass. Ripley defeated
Martinsburg 2- 1.
Moorefield edged Greenbrier East 2-1 with the game ending at around 11:15 p.m.
The Yellow Jackettes won as Michaela Regester tripled and came home on a past ball in the sixth with two outs.
The final game of the night ended at midnight with Ripley beating Petersburg 2-1.
Moorefield returned Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and defeated Ripley 6-4.
Ripley took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, then Moorefield tied it the second inning…