EHL3 advances with 13-3 win
BARBOURSVILLE -- The only run differential that mattered to East Huntington/League 3 on Sunday was the final score.
East Huntington/League 3 struck for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to post a 13-3, six-inning victory over Spring Valley in the final game of pool play in the Junior Division in the West Virginia State Little League Softball Tournament at the Barboursville Little League Complex at Barboursville Park.
East Huntington/League 3, which beat Grant County, 5-2, in its opening game, won its pool with a 2-0 record and knocked Spring Valley from the tournament. Had the outcome been reversed, all three teams would've been 1-1 and a tiebreaker would've been needed to determine who advanced and who went home. Grant County ended up runner-up.
"The girls wanted to take care of it on the field," East Huntington/League 3 coach Richard Clark said. "They wanted to go 2-0 and be No. 1 seed in the pool."
In the sixth, East Huntington/League 3 had 11 batters come to the plate. The District 1 champs got triples from Emily McClellan, Avery Korne and Cameron Michallas and a double from Bre Clark in the outburst.
"Hit the ball, make plays and leave it all on the field," Clark said. "The rest would take care of itself. Our pitching the whole tournament has been good. We were a little nervous in the first game, but overcame those nerves today."
Michallas went the first four innings and Clark the final two.
"I want to thank the parents for all their support," Clark said. "We'll need that again tomorrow."
Elk/Clendenin faces Grant County on Monday at 11 a.m. East Huntington/League 3 meets Pendleton County at 1:30 p.m. The winners clash for the title at 4:30.
The tournament produced its first champion Sunday.
Hedgesville scored runs in the top of the fifth to break a 0-0 tie and added seven in the sixth for an 11-1, mercy-rule win over Spring Valley to capture the Senior Division crown. Hedgesville won all three games by the mercy rule.
Spring Valley advanced to the championship round with a 9-3 win over Capital/Midwestern in an elimination game earlier Sunday.
Hedgesville had runners on second and third with two outs in the fifth when Haley Pitzer hit a grounder to third. The ball got past the third baseman and shortstop and two runs came in and that served as the catalyst for the champs who now get ready for Southeast Regional play in Florida.
"We took advantage of an error. That got us going," Hedgesville coach Scott Sigler said. "We played our ball after that. We got off to a slow start. We might have been overconfident. The girls read how good they are. Once they realized they were in a game, they got it going."
Marissa Shetley had three hits and Alex Pusateri and Meghan Dunleavy two each for Hedgesville.
In 9-10, Barboursville and Wayne advanced to the single-elimination finals.
In the Major Division (11-12), Barboursville and Ona/Hite Saunders also made it through pool play. Ona/Hite Saunders returns to action Monday while Barboursville is off until Tuesday.
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