Lady Falcons slip past Belpre, 2-1

By Alex Hawley -

HARTFORD, W.Va. — The sweet taste of revenge.

The Wahama softball team — which dropped a 9-2 decision at Belpre on April 19 — avenged that loss on Friday night, as the Lady White Falcons topped the visiting Lady Eagles by a 2-1 count, in eight innings in Mason County.

Wahama (18-7, 10-5 TVC Hocking) — which managed only one base runner in the first two frames — scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the third, as Rachel Roque reached on an error and scored on a single by Ashtyn Russell.

Belpre (18-6, 12-4) left three runners in scoring position over the first six innings, but didn’t score for the first time until the top of the seventh, when Sydney Hall drove in Alexandria Williams. Still, the Lady Eagles left the bases loaded in the seventh, leaving the game tied at one.

The Lady Falcons were hitless for four consecutive innings, but Emily VanMatre started off the bottom of the eighth with a single. VanMatre was forced out on a fielder’s choice, but Roque made it to first base safely on the play. On the next at-bat Russell singled to left field, plating Roque and giving the Lady Falcons a 2-1 victory.

The winning pitcher of record was WHS junior Cynthia Hendrick, who allowed one run on eight hits, one walk and one hit batter. Hendrick struck out seven batters in a complete game effort. Katie Osburn suffered the setback in the circle for BHS, allowing two runs on four hits and one walks. Osburn pitched a complete game and struck out 11 batters.

Russell led the Lady Falcons at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in. VanMatre singled once for WHS, while Roque scored a pair of runs.

Bri Elkins was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Belpre, while Lauryn Simmons doubled once. Williams singled once and scored once, Hall added one hit and one RBI, while Madison Harman and Danielle Sistrunk both singled once in the setback.

Wahama — which still has to make up a TVC Hocking tilt at Trimble — will return to Hartford on Thursday, where the Lady Falcons will host Buffalo in the Class A, Region 4 semifinal.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley