Lady Falcons soar past Miller, 16-0

By Bryan Walters -

HARTFORD, W.Va. — Eight is not enough.

The Wahama softball team picked up its eighth consecutive victory and moved to within one win of at least a share of a league title Wednesday night following a 16-0 decision over visiting Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest in Mason County.

The Lady Falcons (19-8, 13-2 TVC Hocking) stayed even with Eastern in the updated conference standings as the hosts made quick work of MHS (2-13, 2-11) in the three-inning mercy-rule.

Wahama sent 16 batters to the plate in the first inning alone, which resulted in 11 runs on five hits, four walks, three errors and a hit batter.

The Red and White followed by sending another nine batters to the plate in the bottom half of the second, which yielded five runs on two hits, four walks and a pair of fielder’s choices — giving the hosts a 16-run cushion through two complete.

The Purple and White sent only 10 batters to the plate in the game and also had their final seven hitters retired in order. Jessie Perani produced Miller’s lone safety on a single with two outs in the first.

Wahama outhit the guests by a 7-1 overall margin and also played an error-free contest, while MHS committed four errors in the setback. The hosts stranded three on base and Miller left only one on the bags.

Cynthia Hendrick was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one hit and striking out two in 1.1 innings as a starter. Makenzie Turiel took the loss after surrendering 10 runs (eight earned), five hits and three walks over one-third of an inning.

Hannah Rose, Amara Helton, Ashtyn Russell, Logan Eades, Emily VanMatre, Maddy VanMatre and Autumn Baker had a hit apiece for the victors.

Russell and Maddy VanMatre paced WHS with three RBIs each, while Baker and Emily VanMatre drove in two RBIs apiece. Eades, Alexis Mick, Taylor McGrew and Hannah Billups also drove in a run each for the Red and White.

Rose, Russell and Billups each scored three times, while Hendrick also crossed home plate twice. McGrew, Eades, Baker, Mick and Emily VanMatre also accounted for a run each.

Wahama returns to action Thursday when it hosts Mason County counterpart Point Pleasant in a battle between 19-win teams at 5 p.m. The Lady Falcons complete league play on Friday when it travels to Miller for a 5 p.m. matchup.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters