HARTFORD, W.Va. — The streak hits 20 as the tournament run begins.
The top-seeded Wahama softball team won its postseason-opener 8-2 over guest Gilmer County on Tuesday in Mason County, improving to 20-0 on the season.
The Lady Falcons — who outscored teams 168-to-13 in the regular season — were up 3-0 an inning into Tuesday’s Class A, Region IV, Section 2 second round game, with a sac-fly from Lauren Noble, followed by RBI singles from Victoria VanMatre and Emma Knapp.
Wahama doubled its lead in the third inning, with a home run by Noble, an RBI single from Deborah Miller, and Morgan Christian scoring on a wild pitch.
A leadoff home run by Mikie Lieving in the next inning gave the hosts a 7-0 lead.
Gilmer County (12-11) got two runs back on a Jada Gray single in the top of the sixth, but Lieving blasted another solo home run in the bottom half, capping off the 8-2 victory.
Lieving was the winning pitcher in a complete game for Wahama, walking one and striking out eight.
Carrah Ferguson took the pitching loss in a complete game for the guests, walking a pair.
Leading the Red and White at the plate, Lieving was 4-for-4 with two home runs, two doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs, while Noble was 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, two RBIs and one run scored. Knapp went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the win, while Miller, Christian and VanMatre had a hit apiece, with a run scored by Christian and an RBI apiece for Miller and VanMatre.
Gray and Malaysia Morgan had two hits apiece to lead Gilmer County, with two RBIs from Gray and a double by Morgan. Mikayla Taylor, Emma Taylor and Bayley Frashure each singled once in the setback, with a run scored by Frashure.
The Lady Falcons continue postseason play at home on Wednesday.
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