The Lady Yellow Jackets came out swinging early to take a 16-4 win in the 13th annual Bub Riggleman Memorial Softball Tournament opener against South Harrison on Friday, edged Class AAA Hedgesville 8-6 and Class AA North Marion 8-0 and kept the winning streak going in the single elimination bracket on Saturday ousting the Lady Huskies 5-1 in the quarterfinals and cruising past the Lady Eagles 14-4 in the semifinals before losing a 6-2 marathon nine inning championship against Class AA Petersburg.
“Bub [Riggleman] was a very good friend of mine. I watched him play slow-pitch a lot of years with my dad and some other friends. It was so devastating when he died suddenly. I listened to the North Marion team doing all the little cheers and it was like Bub was over there in the dugout. I could just see him pounding the ball with the girls and memories just flooded back. To have ten teams come to play on a sunny day, he would be proud,” Moorefield Coach Tammie Ayers commented.
Moorefield got the ball rolling against the Lady Hawks as Rebekah Markwood hit a leadoff single into left field to commence the first round contest.
South Harrison pitcher Kylie Saltis recorded an out on a foul tip by Madison McGregor, but Markwood had advanced around to third base by that time.
Moorefield’s Remi Hinkle launched the ball into left field where the ball ricocheted off the glove of South Harrison’s Jocelyn Heckert allowing Markwood to score on the blunder.
Saltis struck out Macie Zirk, but the Lady Yellow Jackets responded with ten more runs in the first inning.
Moorefield’s Anna Riggleman sent Hinkle home on an error in left field, then Alyssa Vetter drew a walk.
Hanna Carlson notched an RBI double and an error at second base sent Vetter home.
Makaleigh Snyder smashed a two-run home run to give the Lady Yellow Jackets a 6-nil advantage.
Moorefield’s Alyson Simmons singled into right field and Carmen Ketterman came in as the runner.
Markwood reached base on an error, then McGregor connected for a two-RBI double.
Hinkle got aboard on a blunder and Zirk was issued a walk before Riggleman smacked a two-run producing double.
Vetter garnered an RBI single into the left center gap to boost the Lady Yellow Jackets lead to 11-0.
Moorefield pitcher Alyssa Vetter hit South Harrison leadoff batter Kylie Saltis, then Savannah Swenskie reached on an error during a pop-up.
A huge group of Moorefield students cheered from the center field fence.
The Lady Hawks scored on an RBI double by Hayley Woods and an RBI groundout by Heckert to make it 11-2, then Vetter answered with two strikeouts.
Snyder singled with one out in the second inning and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Simmons before Markwood hit an RBI single.
McGregor singled and Hinkle was issued a walk to load the bases, then Zirk connected for an RBI single into left field before being left aboard on a flyout, 13-2.