Cadets 14-0: Mimken hurls Fort past Parkersburg South, 3-1
PARKERSBURG – Tori Mimken and company spoiled senior night here Friday at Godbey Fields for Parkersburg South as visiting Fort Frye improved to 14-0 and left town with a 3-1 softball triumph.
Mimken needed only 82 pitches to complete her four-hitter, which featured no walks and nine strikeouts as the right-hander allowed just the one earned run.
Parkersburg South, now 7-17 with a home game at 1 p.m. today versus Warren, honored seniors Morgan Trippett and Stephanie Giffin prior to first pitch. Trippett suffered the mound setback despite fanning seven. Fort Frye, which welcomes Magnolia to town for a noon twinbill today, pounded out 10 hits and drew a pair of free passes versus Trippett.
The Cadets used a three-run fourth and never looked back as Mimken retired eight straight Patriots in the middle frames and the final five to end it.
Mimken, who held the Patriots’ six through nine hitters to an 0 for 11 effort, fanned three of the first four batters she faced before allowing a single to catcher Trinity Fury. Although Kristen Hamilton followed by reaching via a fielder’s choice, the only other Patriot to reach base against Mimken until the bottom of the sixth came when leadoff hitter Logan Somerville collected a one-out infield single in the third.
Trippett got into trouble in the fourth inning when she walked Lexi Huck on five pitches. Cadet cleanup hitter Hali Lemasters followed with a two-bagger to right-center and Natalie Smith’s RBI knock back through the middle gave the visitors the lead for good. Tori Hendershot then entered as a courtesy runner for the catcher Smith. Abby Baker’s RBI single to right plated Lemasters and Morgan Liedtke made it 3-0 with a run-scoring single to left, but Baker was thrown out at home to end the frame.
Fort Frye leadoff hitter Courtney Hendershot started the fifth by drawing a base on balls and was moved up a base thanks to Courtney Allen’s second sacrifice, but Trippett left her stranded. Smith and Mimken had consecutive singles in the sixth, but Trippett fanned Baker and then got Megan Liedtke to line out to Hamilton at shortstop for an inning-ending double play.
The Patriots finally dented the scoreboard in the sixth thanks to Logan Somerville’s infield single. Somerville then registered the only stolen base of the game and came home on Nicole Landis’ RBI double to left-center. With Landis at third and only one out, Mimken got some help thanks to a backhanded stop by Lemasters at third on a well hit ball by Trippett for the second out. The Cadet hurler then got Fury on a comebacker to end the sixth.
In the seventh, Mimken retired the Patriots in order with the final out coming on a hustling running grab by shortstop Morgan Liedtke as she just managed to snare a liner off the bat of Kylee Radabaugh.