Barboursville advances in Southeast Regional tourney
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- West Virginia state champion Barboursville is in the semifinal round of the Little League Softball age 11-12 Southeast Regional Tournament.
Barboursville pushed its pool play record to 2-1 with Saturday's 9-6 victory over McLean, Va.
Pool A runner-up Barboursville plays Pool B winner Wilkes County (N.C.) at 5 p.m. Sunday, in the semifinals. Pool A winner Lake Wales (Fla.) and Pool B runner-up Daniel Boone (Tenn.) are in the 7:30 p.m. semifinal.
Semifinal winners meet at 6 p.m., Monday, for the regional championship and a Little League Softball World Series berth in Portland, Ore.
Barboursville starting pitcher Karlee Alderman recorded the win with relief help from Hannah Morgan, who picked up a save, in a game that was delayed after two innings by a storm.
Alderman led off the game with a single to get Barboursville going. Alderman advanced on an error and stolen base before Emily Wilmink's sacrifice fly made it 1-0.
Singles by Olivia Canterbury, Hannah Villars and Sydney Adams kept the rally going.
Bethany Koontz drew a bases-loaded walk to force in one run, Morgan's single knocked in two more and Megan McKinney's base hit scored another run for a 5-0 lead.
Barboursville tacked on three runs in the fourth inning and one insurance tally in the sixth.
Canterbury and Villars were both 3-for-4. Morgan was 2-for-2 and drove in a pair and Makala Bell had a triple and two RBIs.
Sunday's opponent, Wilkes County, was 2-0 in its pool with a Saturday late game to be played against Bartow County (Ga.).