Sectional softball title for ’Jackets
WILLIAMSTOWN -Seven years was long enough between sectional softball titles for Williamstown High School.
Wednesday afternoon, the Yellowjackets swept two games from Doddridge County to secure the program’s first sectional title since Yellowjacket coach Ron Stanley watch his daughter’s team reach the Class A regional finals.
Next up for 19-8 Williamstown is a date with Wirt County in Elizabeth next Thursday in a regional semifinal. The Yellowjackets won two regular season meetings with the Tigers.
“This is an indicator of where our program is,” Stanley said. “We started our middle school program three years ago, so we have juniors, sophomores and freshmen who have that experience.”
Both Williamstown and Doddridge County opened yesterday’s twinbill unbeaten in the double-elimination format. Ashton Chancellor’s shot over the right fielder’s head followed a pair of infield singles from Courtney Dotson and BreeAnn Reynolds to open the bottom of the eighth inning and resulted in a walk-off 3-2 victory for the Yellowjackets.
Williamstown had its hands full once again in the nightcap as Doddridge County built a 4-2 lead through four innings. The Yellowjacket bats finally worked their magic in the top of the fifth inning as the first nine batters reached safely. A total of 12 hitters walked to the plate and seven runs scored.
With dusk beginning to take effect, Williamstown sent 11 more batters to the plate in a six-run sixth inning and the game was called because of the mercy rule with the Yellowjackets leading 15-5 through six innings.
“The girls have kind of struggled at the plate lately and it was impressive to see them start hitting the ball,” Stanley said. “In the second, the girls really took off.”
Williamstown Game 1 starter Cierra King earned the victory after walking two and striking out two in a complete-game effort. With the game tied at 2, Doddridge County put the potential go-ahead run on second base in the seventh inning, but King started an inning-ending double play by diving for a batted ball then throwing to the shortstop covering second base.
King overcame further adversity in the top of the eighth inning after Lacy Perkins doubled with one out followed by Cheyenne Currey’s single which left runners at second and third base. King, however, induced a pair of infield ground outs without allowing a run to score.
After hitting consecutive batters with nobody out in the top of the third inning, coach Stanley moved King to second base in favor of her younger sister, Nellie King. The freshmen kept Doddridge County in check for two runs over the final four innings and earned the victory in the second game.
“With those sisters, it’s nice because we have a righty and a lefty,” Stanley said. “They give a lot of variation.”
Chancellor capped off a successful twinbill by doubling home a run in the fifth inning and singling in another in the sixth inning. Teammate Chelsey Butler out of the No. 8 hole in the batting order, provided an RBI single in the fifth and singled home two runs in the sixth. Another enjoying a multi-RBI performance in the second game was Emily Dunn, who drove in two runs with her base hit to center field in the sixth.
For Doddridge County, which capped off a 13-12 campaign, Courtney Wilt walked with the bases loaded for the Bulldogs’ only run in the third inning of Game 2. Teammate Alissa Davis doubled and later scored as part of a two-run second inning and singled in a run in the fifth inning.