RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — And then there were only two.
The Wahama softball team will face Williamstown in the Class A Region 4, Section 1 finals on Monday after claiming a convincing 13-5 victory over host Ravenswood on Saturday in the loser’s bracket final in Jackson County.
The second-seeded Lady Falcons (23-9) trailed 4-2 after an inning of play, but the guests reeled off 11 consecutive runs en route to establishing a commanding 13-4 cushion midway through the fifth.
The top-seeded Red Devilettes (18-9) tacked on a run in their half of the fifth, but ultimately ran out of outs in the five-inning mercy-rule outcome.
The win advanced WHS to the Section 1 championship game on Monday, and the Red and White will need to beat the fourth-seeded Lady Yellow Jackets twice to move on to regionals. Williamstown — which defeated Wahama 7-5 in the winner’s bracket final — will host the first championship game at 5:30 p.m.
Wahama jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as Hannah Rose and Hannah Billups received back-to-back walks to start the game, then Rose came around with the first run on a single from Maddy VanMatre. Billups later stole home and scored during a perfectly-executed double steal, giving the guests a two-run cushion.
RHS, however, countered with four runs in its half of the first as five hits led to four scores, giving the Red and Black a 4-2 advantage through an inning of play.
The Lady Falcons tied the game in the top of the second as a bases loaded walk to Billups plated Emily VanMatre, then Amara Helton scored on a Maddy VanMatre single for a four-all contest.
Wahama then claimed a permanent lead in the third as Cynthia Hendrick scored during a double play groundout, then Maddy VanMatre doubled home both Helton and Rose for a 7-4 lead midway through the third frame.
The Lady Falcons erupted for six more scores in the fourth as the guests sent 11 batters to the plate, which led to five hits, two walks and a hit batter en route to establishing a 13-4 edge.
Ravenswood produced six straight singles in the bottom half of the fourth, but yielded only one run as all three outs in the frame were recorded on force outs — making it a 13-5 game through four complete.
Neither squad produced a baserunner in the fifth and Wahama captured the mercy-rule decision through five innings of play.
The Lady Falcons outhit the hosts by a 16-11 overall margin and neither team committed an error in the contest. WHS stranded eight runners on the bags, while the Red Devilettes left only three on base.
Taylor McGrew was the winning pitcher of record after allowing five earned runs and 11 hits over five innings of work. Kendall Bowen suffered the loss after surrendering 11 earned runs, 14 hits and five walks over five innings of relief without striking out a batter.
Maddy VanMatre led WHS with three hits and a team-best five RBIs, followed by Rose, Hendrick, Helton, Billups and Ashtyn Russell with two safeties apiece. McGrew and Emily VanMatre also had a hit each for the victors.
Billups drove in three RBIs and Emily VanMatre knocked in two runs. Rose and Helton each scored three runs apiece for the guests.
Bowen, Tabor and Johnson paced Ravenswood with two hits apiece, followed by Cubides, Manns, Mace, Sayre and Smith with a safety each.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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