Weir High’s Donaldson earns 1st career win
WEIRTON — Weir High’s bats have awoken once again.
The Weir softball team pounded out 14 hits and scored multiple runs in every inning, en route to defeating Wheeling Central, 16-1, in four innings Thursday at home.
“It is nice when you are making good contact,” Weir (16-7) head coach John Leary said. “I like that we are finding gaps. We may not be hitting a lot of balls over the fence, but we are finding the gaps. We were hitting gappers.”
After getting shutout Saturday, the Red Riders have recorded 50 runs in their four games this week — all resulting in victories.
“We played Oak Glen (Wednesday) and Weir (Thursday),” Wheeling Central (0-15) head coach Buck Davidson said. “We knew we were playing a good team. We have to step up defensively. We have a young team. I have three or four girls who this is their first year ever playing. My pitcher is one of those young girls.”
Rylee Donaldson, Weir’s No. 3 pitcher, picked up her first career win at the varsity level. Donaldson allowed one run on three hits, while striking out two without walking anyone.
“She did a nice job. She hit her spots. She threw strikes,” Leary said. “As a coach, I have always hated walks. I ask all of my pitchers to throw strikes and let the defense make the plays. Our defense has been solid all year. When she did get behind in the count, she threw strikes.
“I want our pitchers to throw the ball over the play and give our defense a chance. It seems whenever you walk the leadoff batter, or any batter in this game, often times they will come around and score. I appreciate our pitchers not walking people. That is the thing I liked the most from her start.”
Shayna Beegle took the loss for the Maroon Knights. She allowed 10 runs on 12 hits, while striking out two and walking two in three innings. Aspyn Bowman came on to pitch at the start of the fourth, but she did not record an out. She gave up four runs without allowing a hit, while walking two. Beegle came back on to pitch, and she gave up two runs on three hits before giving up the game-ending base knock with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
All nine hitters in the starting lineup reached safely for the Red Riders, eight of which had at least one hit.
Madison Angus delivered three singles, a double and four RBIs. Mallory Rosnick recorded a double, a home run and three RBIs. Alexis Adams added two doubles and three RBIs. Reagan Hoover produced three singles and two RBIs, Chesney Tice tallied two singles and two RBIs and Mea Kaufman finished with a double and an RBI. Sophia Aperfine doubled, Olivia Baker brought home a pair or funs and Breonna Parsons walked and scored a run.
All three of Wheeling Central’s hits were singles. Jairika Baylor recorded an RBI hit, while Jessica Miller and Margaret Hartzell each tallied one single.
“They are getting better,” Davidson said about his team. “Some of the girls out for the first time I have worked their way into the starting lineup. They are hitting the ball. We just want to get better every day.”
The Red Riders scored three runs in the first, five in the second and two in the third before finishing off the game with six runs in the fourth.
The Maroon Knights pushed a run across in the third to make the score 8-1.
Wheeling Central: Tentatively travels to Paden City for a doubleheader on Monday.
Weir High: Tentatively hosts Brooke at 5:30 p.m. today for senior day.
“It is a big game,” Leary said. “It is senior day for us. It is a rivalry game. Brooke is going to come ready to play. Coach (Jim) DiCarlo always has his team’s really well scouted. They are going to be prepared.
“We have had a really good week. After we got beat Saturday, we have won four in a row. We can’t get complacent. It was a close game over there. It was a 0-0 game until the fourth when we hit a home run. We scored some runs late to open the game up. The final scored really was not indicative of how the game went. We have to show up ready to play.”
Weir 16, Wheeling Central 1
Central 0-0-1 0 — 1 3 3
Weir 3-5-2 6 — 16 14 2
WHEELING CENTRAL (0-15): Beegle (LP, 3IP, 10R, 12H, 2K, 2BB), Bowman (0IP, 4R, 0H, 0K, 2BB), Beegle (2/3IP, 2R, 2H, 0K, 0BB) and Hartzell. Miller S; Hartzell, Baylor S, RBI.
WEIR (16-7): Donaldson (WP, 4IP, 1H, 3H, 2K, 0BB) and S. Aperfine. Adams 2-D, 3RBIs; Hoover 3S, 2RBIs; Rosnick D, HR, 3RBIs; Angus 3S, D, 4RBIs; S. Aperfine D; Tice 2S, 2RBIs; Baker 2RBIs; Kaufman D, RBI.