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PHS tops rival South, 5-1

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May 9, 2014

By Steve Hemmelgarn

VIENNA - Host Parkersburg High came out with its bats blazing to score six runs in the first three innings en route to the Big Reds' first-ever sectional softball championship in school history with a 7-4 win over Parkersburg South in the third and deciding game of the Class AAA Region I, Section 2 tournament Thursday afternoon at Jackson Park.



May 8, 2014

By Steve Hemmelgarn

Decisive 3rd game set in Vienna today.



April 2, 2014

By Steve Hemmelgarn

Parkersburg - Visiting Parkersburg High forged a 6-0 lead before Parkersburg South scored.

PHS tallied three times in the top of the second to open the scoring. A two-base error on Sarah Nay's two-out, two-on single to left let both Big Red base runners score and Kelsey Goots followed with an RBI double into the right-center field gap.

It became 4-0 in the third on a South error and Brittany Allison's RBI double that grounded past second base and rolled almost to the outfield fence.

In the PHS fifth, Baylee Hilling's two-run double lined over the third base bag and down into the left field corner to up the lead to 6-0.

PHS held off South. In the top of the seventh, a two-out hard shot off the bat of Kayleigh Westfall ricocheted off the third baseman for a run-scoring infield single. Taylor Beckley's pop fly to short right fell in for an RBI single.


PHS tops rival South, 5-1

April 30, 2013

By Jay W. Bennett, Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Second baseman Taylor Beckley squeezed a soft pop for the 21st out Tuesday night at Don Godbey Memorial Park as visiting Parkersburg sealed a 5-1 victory against Parkersburg South in the opening game of the Class AAA, Region I, Section 2 softball tournament.

"I'm really proud of the girls. South is a seasoned team and our job is not done," said Perdue, who watched Cassidy Newbrough throw a complete-game six-hitter in which she lost her shutout bid in the bottom of the seventh.

"I thought we played really great defense today. This (sectional title) is one of our goals and our seniors wanted it bad. We still got to have good pitching and we have to hit the ball."

Parkersburg, which improved to 15-18 and sets a new school record for wins with each triumph, got the only two runs it ended up needing in the top of the third. No. 9 hitter Courtney Bee got things started with a single to center and was then replaced by pinch-runner Hailey Ball. After Morgan Lanham reached via an infield slap single, both runners came home on consecutive Parkersburg South errors.

"We came into this just like it was another game and didn't pay attention to the name on the uniform," said the senior Bee, who also walked and scored in the seventh. "It was just another game. We have to keep our heads up and not worry about (the win) today."

The Big Reds added another unearned run off Patriot losing hurler Morgan Trippett in the sixth when Newbrough singled to left and moved to second on an error. Courtesy runner Ari Mercer then crossed the plate when Mallory Goots launched a laser off the fence in center for a long RBI single.

After Bee drew a one-out free pass in the seventh, Kaleigh Westfall reached on a two-out single and Big Red catcher Brittany Allison laced a two-run double down the line in left. Westfall had a stand-up triple in the first to finish 2 for 4.

Parkersburg South, which dropped to 9-22, finally got on the board in the seventh when Megan Bosley walked and scored on Logan Somerville's RBI single to right. Somerville went 3 for 4 while Patriot catcher Trinity Fury went 2 for 3. Hannah Wilson had the Patriots' only other hit, a single to left in the fifth.

Everything Coming up 6's for PHS Softball

March 20, 2013

By Dave Poe, Parkersburg News

He didn't plan it that way, but when second-year PHS softball coach Ron Perdue looked at his team's roster, he noticed there were 6 seniors, six juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen.

"We have a good mix of older and younger players," said Perdue. "we're pretty excited."

Parkersbug has ample pitching. Start with sophomore Cassidy Newbrough, who pitched 29 games last year. Add Parkersburg Catholic transfer Rachel Slone, a senior who did the majority of pitching for the Crusdarers a year ago. Then there's freshman Haley Ackerman, who Perdue believes is ready for varsity competition.

Whoever is pitching at the time will be throwing to sophomore catcher Brittany Allison, whose goal is to play softball in college. SHe made a great impression s a freshman. Now, she has a year of varsity experience to go with her great potential.

Sophomore Haley Ball is the leading candidate at 1st base, where she seems to be at home. She'll be compteting for the position with senior Courtney Bee. Perdue said whoever is hitting better likely will get the majority of the playing time.

Before last year's season began, Perdue moved Taylor Beckley, who started in right field as a freshman, to 2nd base. The move paid off and she will be there again this year, for her junior season. Beckley not nly is a good fielder, but she can do whatever is required at the plate from bunting to power hitting.

Junior Kaleigh Westfall returns at shortstop. She's worked hard to improve her fielding and arm strength. Westfall was Pakersburg's leadoff hitter a year ago.

Slone and Mallory Goots are vying for the 3rd base slot. Whoever doesn't play the position will likely serve as PHS's designated hitter.

Senior Melanie Nething is a 3 year starter who will man the centerfield position, which suits her ability to track down anything hit her way as well as her strong throwing arm. She is known for making some highlight reel catches.

Junior Morgan Lanham will hold down left field. She has speed to burn and that makes her a tough out. If she puts the ball in play, she has a good chance of beating the throw to first.

Speedy freshman Baylee Hilling and senior Arianna Mercer are competing for right field. Mercer is a versatile player who can play virtually anywhere.

Speaking of speed, Warren transfer Sara Nay will be called upon to do a lot of rnning. Perdue plans to use her in as many situations as possible.

Parkersburg plans to be competitive in the Mountain State Athletic Conference and to win the sectional with their depth and talent.