B'ville takes softball crown
KANAWHA CITY, W.Va. -- "We want it more, we want it more," was the chant being heard from the Hedgesville players and fans throughout the Kanawha City Little League field Wednesday afternoon entering the seventh inning of a tie game.
Barboursville coach Kevin Alderman said he looked into his players' eyes and challenged them, "Do you really think they want it more?"
That seemed the be the final motivation needed by the Barboursville age 11-12 softball all-star team as they captured the West Virginia Little League Softball championship. Barboursville defeated Hedgesville, 7-6, in seven innings to earn a Southeast Regional Tournament berth in Warner Robins, Ga. The West Virginia champion faces the Florida champion July 28 in pool play.
Barboursville's pitching combination of Olivia Canterbury and Karlee Alderman combined to strike out 13 batters. And, Barboursville base runners took advantage of some key Hedgesville errors.
Canterbury started and was relieved by Karlee Alderman in the fourth inning. Coach Alderman brought Canterbury back to pitch the seventh inning and she came through, giving up only a looping hit to right field.
Cleanup hitter Makala Bell went to bat in the bottom of the seventh and delivered a line drive single to left field. Bell went to second base on a passed ball. The next batter hit a one-hopper to the pitcher and Bell was running on the pitch. The pitcher's throw to the third baseman was wide and the Barboursville celebration began as Bell crossed the plate with the winning run.
Barboursville scored two in the first inning. Karlee Alderman led off with an infield hit and reached second on Canterbury's hit to left field. Both runners scored on an errant throw as Alderman attempted to steal third base.
Hedgesville scored two in the third inning.
In the Barboursville half of the fourth inning Megan McKinney and Sydney Adams both reached base on errors and scored on Karlee Alderman's looping single into right field. Canterbury drew a walk and Bell drove in two more runs with a solid hit to right field.
Hedgesville pulled even again with four runs in the fifth inning.