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Getting closer to goal

Jul. 13, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

BARBOURSVILLE — Hedgesville is where it wants to be in the Senior Division.

Barboursville's 9-10 and Major Division (11-12) teams got a step closer to their goal as did Wayne in 9-10 and Ona/Hite Saunders in the Major Division.

Hedgesville rolled past Spring Valley, 22-1, in the winner's bracket on Saturday to reach the championship round in the West Virginia State Little League Softball Tournament at the Barboursville Little League Complex at Barboursiville Park.

"Swing and stay aggressive," Hedgesville coach Scott Sigler said of what's working for his team. "We put ourselves in the position we want. Rest and wait."

Hedgesville awaits the winner of Sunday's Capital/Midwestern/Spring Valley elimination game to see who it meets for the title at 5:15 p.m. Whoever advances would have to beat Hedgesville twice.

Hedgesville got production from throughout the lineup. "One of our best hitting days," Sigler said.

On defense, Hedgesville had its moments as well. Right fielder Kayla Payne made a nice running catch on a short fly in the third and shortstop Lindsey Criswell ranged to her left to snag a line drive in the fifth.

In 9-10, Barboursville continued to flex its muscle at the plate in an 18-0, 4-inning win over Oceana. On the mound, Gabbi Carter and Audrey Jennings got the job done again. Each went two innings.

"Swing, run and be aggressive," Barboursville coach Shane Carter said. "We were more ourselves today."

Barboursville, the District 1 champion, and Summersville meet Sunday at 7:45 p.m. Each team is 2-0 in pool play.

"Each game gets harder and harder," Carter said. "We can't get comfortable."

Wayne knocked off Trap Hill, 9-3, in pool play and faces Grant County on Sunday at 3 p.m. The winner comes out No. 1 in their pool.

In 10-11, Hedgesville routed Moorefield, 21-1, to reach Monday's championship round. Clay County beat Barboursville in an elimination game to set up a date Sunday with Moorefield with the winner advancing to play Hedgesville.

Haleigh Kuhn delivered two-run singles in her first two at-bats to power Barboursville past Sophia, 15-0, in Major Division (11-12) action. Kuhn, Morgan Bennett, Trinity Casto and Ginny Hardin each worked an inning, meaning all four are ready to go Sunday against East Hardy at 5:15 p.m. East Hardy is 2-0 as well.

Barboursville coach Steve Hardin said the first five batters -- Bennett, Mikayla McIntosh, Kuhn, Casto and Hardin -- are catalysts for the offense.

"They set the tone and things carry over," coach Hardin said. "We're going to have to play well Sunday. East Hardy's a good team."

Ona/Hite Saunders rolled past Oceana, 24-1, in four innings and a win Sunday over Fayetteville would make Ona/Hite Saunders No. 1 in the pool.

Grant County toppled Spring Valley, 15-3, in the Junior Division to go 2-0 in pool play. Callie Wisnewski hit two homers, then received intentional walks her next three times up. East Huntington/League 3 takes on Spring Valley on Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

The 10-11 and Senior Division are playing double-elimination. The other three divisions have championship rounds after pool play.

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