Every Red Rider contributes in 8-4 victory
WEIRTON — The Weir High softball team continues to get the job done.
Weir came into its game against Linsly scoring 55 runs in its last three games, and the Red Riders recorded eight more against the Cadets Monday, en route to an 8-4 victory.
Weir scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the game open.
“I think getting those three runs were huge,” first-year Weir (8-6) head coach John Leary said. “That allowed Chesney (Tice) to come in and throw strikes instead of having to work.”
The Cadets collected two runs in the top of the sixth to make it a one-run game, but the Red Riders answered in a big way in the home half of the inning.
“No doubt,” Linsly (8-5) head coach Paul Recrosio said. “It was one of those games you like to be in. I could not be more proud of the girls and the team. They have trained to put themselves in this position. I could not be more pleased.”
Madison Angus picked up the win for Weir. She allowed two runs on two hits, while striking out one without walking a batter in five innings of work inside the circle. Tice had the same line in her two innings of work.
Baeleigh Burwell took the loss for Linsly. She allowed eight runs on 12 hits, while striking out five and walking one.
All nine batters contributed to the victory for the Red Riders.
Sophia Aperfine finished with three singles and two RBIs. Mallory Rosnick recorded a single and a solo home run, and Angus added a single and a double. Also, Mea Kaufman contributed an RBI single, Alexis Adams added a single and an RBI, and Bella Aperfine and Reagan Hoover each chipped in with a single. Olivia Baker brought a run home with a groundout.
“Their pitcher did a nice job,” Leary said. “It took four innings for everybody to adjust. They hit the pitch they way it was going instead of trying to pull everything. We were not doing a good job until we were able to adjust. We played some small ball. We had some key hits. Mea Kaufman had a big hit for us when we needed it. It was a one-run game at the time. That gets lost in an 8-4 game, but it was a big hit.
“Bella Aperfine had the bunt in the sixth, and Reagan was aggressive on the bases. She went from first to third, and then she scored on that error. We want to try and make them make mistakes, and they made some mistakes. When you do that, good things are going to happen. They made some mistakes, and we were able to score some runs.”
All four of Linsly’s hit were doubles. Individually, Burwell belted two doubles and had an RBI, Harley Heitz recorded a double and Alaina Cook did the same. Lexi Finley finished with an RBI.
Weir scored in the first on Rosnick’s home run to take the early lead, but Linsly scored in the second to tie it. The Red Riders scored again in the fourth, but the Cadets countered with a run in the fifth to knot the score at 2-2. The hosts pushed three runs across in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 5-2, but the visitors responded with two runs in the sixth to cut their deficit back to one.
“We made some plays, but some calls did not go our way,” Recrosio said. “We made some plays to keep us in the game. Sometimes the baseball gods aren’t on your side.”
Linsly: Tentatively travels to Oak Glen at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Weir High: Tentatively visits University at 5:30 p.m. today.
Weir 8, Linsly 4
Linsly 0-1-0 0-1-2 0 — 4 4 3
Weir 1-0-0 1-3-3 x — 8 12 3
LINSLY (8-5): Burwell (LP, 8R, 12H, 5K, 1BB) and Cook. Heitz D; Burwell 2D, RBI; Cook D; Finley RBI
WEIR (8-6): Angus (WP, 5IP, 2R, 2H, 1K, 0BB), Tice (2IP, 2R, 2H, 1K, 0BB) and S. Aperfine. B. Aperfine S; Adams S, RBI; Rosnick S, HR, RBI; Angus S, D, RBI; S. Aperfine 3S, 2RBIs; Tice S; Baker RBI; Kaufman S, RBI; Hoover S.