HARTFORD, W.Va. — Leaving no doubt.
The Wahama softball team went 3-0 in the Class A Region 4, Section 3 tournament, on Monday and Tuesday nights in Mason County, with the Lady Falcons outscoring opponents by a combined 43-4.
On Monday night, after Calhoun County defeated Hannan (1-18) by a 25-6 count, the Lady Falcons (17-7) knocked off the Lady Wildcats by a 14-0 margin.
The Lady Falcons scored three runs in the first frame, six in the second, three more in the third and two in the fourth inning.
WHS junior Taylor McGrew struck out 12 batters and pitched a perfect game, never allowing a Lady Wildcat to reach base. Kassidee Bush was the losing pitcher of record for Hannan.
WHS senior Rachel Roque led the hosts on Monday, going 2-for-3 with one triple and three runs scored. Cynthia Hendrick singled twice and scored three runs for the Lady Falcons, Emily VanMatre added one double and one run scored, while Ashtyn Russell singled once and scored twice. Faith Henry singled once and scored once in the win, Morgan Harrison crossed home plate twice, while Hannah Billups and Amara Helton each scored once.
Hannan committed two errors in the loss.
On Tuesday, Wahama and Calhoun County met in Hartford for a best of three series. The Lady Falcons rolled to an 18-0 victory in the opening game, after scoring eight runs in the first frame, eight more in the third and two in the fourth inning.
Hendrick was the winning pitcher of record for WHS, allowing one hit and one walk, while striking out six batters in five innings of work. Shyenne Jarvis suffered the pitching loss for CCHS.
The Lady Falcons were led by Taylor Warden — who went 2-for-2 with two runs scored — and Maddison Ferguson, who was 2-for-3 with one run scored. McGrew doubled once and scored twice for WHS, Roque added one single and three runs scored, Harrison singled once and scored twice, while Hendrick singled once and scored once. Helton and Grace Haddox both scored twice in the win, while Russell, Henry and VanMatre each scored once.
Victoria Allen singled in the top of the third inning for Calhoun County’s lone hit in the game.
In the opening game, the guests committed seven errors, while Wahama had one.
In the second game of the evening, Wahama jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first frame, but the Lady Red Devils tied the game in the top of the second.
WHS scored twice in the bottom of the second to reestablish the advantage, and then the hosts added on with five markers in the third and two more in the fourth.
After back-to-back scoreless frames, Calhoun County broke through with three runs in the top of the fifth, cutting the Wahama lead to 10-4. WHS — which added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth — retired the final six Lady Red Devils in order, capping off the 11-4 win.
McGrew — who struck out four batters in a complete game effort — earned the victory in the circle, allowing four runs on seven hits.
Helton was 3-for-4 to lead WHS at the plate, while Harrison was 2-for-3 with one triple and two runs scored. Hendrick doubled once and scored twice, Ferguson added two singles and two runs scored, while Roque tripled once and scored once. Russell and Henry both singled once and scored twice to round out the Lady Falcon offense.
The guests were led by Allen — who was 2-for-3 with a triple — and Whitney Stevens, who was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Kaylea Bennett and Haley Wilson both singled once and scored once in the setback, Kayla Lamb added one run scored, while Brogan Richards crossed home plate once.
Wahama committed four errors in the game, while CCHS had five.
“This is something that we shoot for every year,” second-year Wahama head coach Matt VanMeter said of winning the sectional. “This team has its sights set on a little bit bigger things. We’ve never made the state tournament and that’s what were looking for. We’re moving on to the regionals and everybody’s going to be tough, whether it’s Buffalo, Charleston Catholic or St. Joe. I hope that we start to peak and play to our ability because you never know what team is going to show up.”
The Lady Falcons are set to move on the the Class A, Region 4 semifinal, but first will have a pair of Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division regular season tilts. WHS will visit Trimble on Thursday and then return to Hartford on Friday for a clash with Belpre.