Wyoming East used a six-run fifth inning to seal a win over Liberty.
The Lady Warriors, who led 2-0 going to the bottom of the fifth, got solid hitting and one-hit pitching from Holly Brehm to beat the Raiders, 8-0 last Wednesday at New Richmond.
“We were hitting the ball pretty good,” said WEHS coach Robert “Doc” Warner. “And that’s a good pitcher (for Liberty).”
Kari Walker launched a two-run home run to right in the Warrior first to give East the early lead.
It stayed that way for a while, although the Warriors had their chances.
East left runners on base in the second, third and fourth innings.
Brehm, meanwhile, kept the Raiders bats silent. The freshman fanned 10 and allowed just one hit.
There was one out in the fifth when the Warrior offense got things going.
Kaithlyn Mills doubled to center on a ball that rolled to the fence and moved to third on a passed ball.
Walker delivered an RBI single to make it 3-0.
Chelsey Adkins punched a single to center to score a run.
Katlen Francis hit safely to right.
East eventually loaded the bases with still just one out.
Autie Miller drew a walk to force in a run and make it 6-0.
Lexi Boothe double to center to score two runs and end the game under the mercy rule.
East, which swept a double header at Mount View last Monday, improved to 7-4.
The Lady Warriors played in the Chapmanville tournament during spring break.
The team went 0-3, but Warner wasn’t disappointed.
“We played the defending AAA champion (Hurricane), the AA champion (Sissonville) and another AAA team (Spring Valley),” said Warner.
The strong competition was valuable, the coach indicated.
“Our kids learned what it takes to compete with top teams,” the coach said. “Good teams will adjust to the pitching and put the ball in play.”
Adkins was 3-3 at the plate. Brehm and Katie Griffith had two hits each. Walker homered and drove in two runs. Mills and Boothe both doubled, and Boothe had two RBI. Francis was 1-1.
Ashton Mullins had the lone hit for Liberty.
Hannah Trump was the losing pitcher.
WEHS will host defending Region 3 champion James Monroe and defending AA champion Sissonville this Saturday. The Lady Warriors fell to James Monroe in last year’s regional final.
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