Moorefield broke free from a tie in the sixth inning before adding six runs in the seventh inning including a three-run blast by Alyssa Vetter and staved off a rally led by East Hardy’s Skye Metzer launching a three-run home run to secure the sweep over the Lady Cougars 9-5 in the Hardy County Softball Showdown held in Baker on Friday.
The Lady Yellow Jackets won both of the Hardy County Softball Showdown games to gain bragging rights for the season.
It was a tough battle trying to solve the pitching and defense early on in the contest as the Lady Cougars scored the initial run in the second inning on Rebecca Whetzel’s RBI double and Moorefield finally got on the board taking the lead in the fifth inning on a two-run home run by Rebekah Markwood.
“Proud that my girls fought hard the whole game,” Moorefield Softball coach Tammie Ayers remarked.
“Ashley [Taylor] runs a great program. I never go to a game when we’re playing East Hardy that I anticipate the score to be lopsided. That’s what makes a rivalry just that – adrenaline flowing, heart pounding, excitement, good all-around game. My girls were a little slow getting hits. We put the bat on the ball, but an East Hardy Cougar seemed to have a magnet for the ball. It took a couple of innings for us to finally get in the groove of hitting. Then Bekah [Markwood] came through with a homer, and Alyssa [Vetter] soon followed. I’d also like to send kudos to Madison McGregor, Anna Riggleman and Hanna Carlson on a great defensive game.”
East Hardy starting pitcher Brooke Miller induced a groundout from Moorefield leadoff batter Rebekah Markwood as first baseman Leanna Basye fielded the ball.
Anna Riggleman notched a low line drive, but East Hardy second baseman Madison Strawderman made a diving catch and both dugouts shouted compliments on the play.
The Lady Yellow Jackets refused to leave without getting a base runner out there, so Remington Hinkle ripped a double into center field before being left on base on a pop-up by Macie Zirk to Strawderman in shallow right field.
Moorefield starting pitcher Rebekah Markwood forced a groundout by East Hardy leadoff batter Lexi Strawderman which was collected be second baseman Madison McGregor.
East Hardy’s Julia Hahn smacked a sharp grounder to Zirk at third base which wasn’t fielded cleanly giving time for the single.
The Lady Cougars weren’t able to create a run as Skye Metzer’s grounder was stopped on a diving save by Riggleman at shortstop and swiftly threw to first baseman Alyssa Vetter, then Markwood fielded another groundout hit by Miller to end the frame.
In the top of the second inning, Moorefield’s Hanna Carlson grounded out to Madison Strawderman before Vetter singled into center field.
Miller countered with a strikeout to McGregor and snatched a groundout off the bat of Tori Humphries.
Moorefield recorded two quick outs as Markwood struck out Emma Baker and Basye grounded out to Riggleman, but the Lady Cougars had a rally in store.
East Hardy’s Jessica Smith made an infield single near second base and scored on an RBI double by Rebecca Whetzel in center field for a 1-nil edge.