Red Riders win city championship
WEIRTON — All it took was one run for the Weir High softball team to earn its first city championship since 2013.
But, for good measure, the Red Riders added another run to hand Madonna its first loss of the season.
With two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and a superb pitching performance from Alivia Rosnick, Weir beat the Blue Dons, 2-0, in front of a large home crowd.
“It’s a huge win,” said Weir coach Frank Sisinni. “This is the game we circle on our calendar every year, for obvious reasons. We faced an extremely talented pitcher, but we have a great one as well. Alivia pitched excellent and earned that seven-inning shutout.”
Rosnick struck out 10 batters as Madonna’s standout pitcher, Katie Gasvoda, fanned seven.
“I knew it was going to be a good game,” said Madonna coach Chris Conti. “We knew Weir is a good team and with Rosnick pitching, you have to bring your best to the plate. We expected a strong pitcher’s duel. Weir played a good game and we didn’t play our best tonight.”
The Red Riders (9-11) put together a productive sixth inning as Sophia Mikula led off the frame with a single into left field. Two batters later, Mariah Stevens delivered the decisive blow. Stevens, the team’s only senior, blasted a ball to the fence in right field, scoring Mikula. Recorded as a double, Stevens ended up at third base after a throwing error.
“She’s our only senior who has worked so hard,” Sisinni said. “She stepped up and delivered a big shot. When she rounded the bases and hit third base, the emotion came out. It was a great piece of disciplined hitting. We’ve been waiting for a moment like that all year and she showed her leadership on that one.”
Stevens came around to score on a wild pitch to cap the scoring.
The Weir win avenged an earlier, 3-2 loss to Madonna. In last year’s city championship game, the Blue Dons won by one run.
“When these two teams get together,” Sisinni said, “you know it’s going to be close.”
Weir totaled four hits as Rosnick and Lexey Brenneman also had singles. For Madonna, Keara Kush, Sophia Recrosio and Mikayla Sole all had singles.
“We didn’t get the hits in key situations,” Conti said. “I know we can hit better than that. We left people on base and couldn’t get them in.”
Madonna is now 12-1 and faces Hundred today at home.
“We’ll recover,” Conti said. “We’ll be fine. You just have to come back and win.”
Weir has a short break before heading to John Marshall on Monday.
“This is something to build from,” Sisinni said. “We’ll be going into sectionals soon and that’s when every game counts. We got a taste of what it’s like to win a big game. We want to win even more.
“I’m ecstatic and happy for the kids. They’ve worked so hard and they always play agressive.”
Weir 2, Madonna 0
Madonna 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
Weir 0 00 000 2 – 2 4 1
MADONNA: Gasvoda: (7K, 1W) and J. Kush. Recrosio S; K. Kush S; Sole S.
WEIR: Rosnick (10K, 2W) and Mikula. Mikula S; Stevens D, RBI; Rosnick S; Brenneman S.