Mullens narrowly missed taking a pair of state softball championships on Saturday.
Moorefield scored three times in the sixth inning to rally for a 9-8 win over Mullens in the 13-14 all-stars state championship battle at Beckley.
“These girls have played in two state championship games in three years,” said Mullens coach Alan Mills. “If you asked any high school in the state, I think they would be thrilled with that.
“It was a good game,” he added.
Moorefield grabbed an early advantage with four runs in the top of the first.
Mullens responded with two in the bottom of the first.
It stayed that way until the fourth, when a five-run outburst put Mullens in charge.
The Hardy County team cut it to 7-6 with two in the fifth.
Morgan Wrenn singled and later scored on a throwing error as Mullens pushed the margin to 8-6.
It was 8-7 with two out in the sixth when Moorfield got two runs on a single to left to take the lead.
Mullens went down in order in the sixth.
A double play in the seventh erased any chances for a Mullens comeback.
Kaitlyn Mills handled pitching duties for the Wyoming Countians.
Mullens started tourney play with three wins. Moorefield defeated the locals, 6-0, on Friday night to force Saturday’s game.
“This is a good team,” Mills remarked. “They can all hit, and they call all field.”
With a team made up entirely of 13-year-olds, the girls have a good chance to challenge again in 2013.
“They’re all eligible to come back,” stated Mills. “We didn’t have any 14-year-olds, and I’m sure none of the other teams here could say that.
“For Mullens to have two teams playing for a state championship when you have teams playing that are from bigger cities, that says a lot,” he noted.