Barboursville girls win District 1 title
BARBOURSVILLE -- There's just something about that red and white that screams winning this time of the year.
Whether it's softball or baseball. Whether it's a talented group of 9 and 10-year-old, 10 and 11-year-olds or 11 and 12-year-olds. Whether it's played at Hite-Saunders or Huntington League 3 or the comforts of its own park, Barboursville simply dominates Little League play.
Wednesday offered no exception.
The Barboursville age 11-12 girls dominated Ona, 11-1, in five innings to take the District 1 softball title. Barboursville advances to the state tournament in Charleston, which begins July 15. Ona will take on Milton, which defeated League 3/Vinson, 5-3, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, in the district runner-up game at Barboursville Community Park. That winner will also advance to the state tournament.
The Barboursville win gives the city four District 1 championships already this summer, joining the age 9-10 softball and baseball teams as well as the age 10-11 baseball squad.
But for these 11 and 12-year-old girls, Wednesday's victory continues the momentum stemming from last year's run all the way to the Little League Southeastern Regional Final Four in Warner Robins, Ga.
And although there's only a few players who remain from that gifted bunch, they all know what kind of repeat performance is expected.
"Absolutely," said coach Kevin Alderman. "They all know. And it seems like they've got a taste now. It took a little longer for them to get a taste of it, but it seems like they have.
"This week, I'm truly impressed. I didn't think we'd do this to this team like we did today."
If Wednesday was a foreshadowing for what could happen down the road, Barboursville might want to make room for (at least) another banner to join the one it received from District 1.
Powered by the top of the lineup -- Karlee Alderman, Emily Wilmink and Olivia Canterbury combined to go 6-for-10 with two triples and four RBIs -- Barboursville was lethal at the plate, scoring at least two runs in every inning but the fourth.
"I told them, 'If you swing it, good things happen,'" Kevin Alderman said. "And they have. We've been doing a lot of hitting drills. We have one station when we bunt, one station when we wiffle ball and we have the cage.
"And we just rotate, rotate and rotate. We'll take them any way we can get them. I don't care if it's a bunt, a bloop, a home run, whatever."
On the defensive end, he'll take plenty of strikeouts, too.
Canterbury, the starting pitcher, went four innings, registering seven Ks, and Alderman, the closer, fanned two of the three batters she faced.
And that was just a glimpse of the staff.
"We're four-deep, actually," Kevin Alderman said. "You've got Karlee and Olivia Canterbury who are your 1s and 2s. And then you've got Hannah Morgan and Emily who come in and finish the game for you.
"And you know, when you get to the next level, it takes three or four pitchers. And if you go to Georgia, it takes three or four as much as you play."
Tori Adkins had the lone hit and lone RBI for Ona.
ONA 000 10 -- 1 1 5
BARBOURSVILLE 233 03 -- 11 12 0
Chapman, Bess (3), Kelley (5) and Adkins. Canterbury, Alderman (5) and Bell.
Hitting: (O) Adkins, RBI. (B) Alderman 2-4, 3B; Wilmink 2-4, 3B, 2 RBIs; Canterbury 2-2, 2 RBIs; Koontz 2 RBI; Bell 2-3; Villars RBI; Adams RBI.
LEAGUE 3/VINSON 3