Golden Bears still hopeful for title after split on Day 1

MAKING A PLAY — Oak Glen’s Lizzie Kell makes a throw to first for an out during Wednesday’s Class AA State Tournament. The Golden Bears split on the day and remain in contention. - Cody Tomer

SOUTH CHARLESTON — The tension was high and so were the stakes.

With a spot in the WVSSAC Class AA state championship on the line, Winfield’s Georgia Moulder delivered what proved to be a game-winning RBI double in the fifth inning of a 1-0 triumph over Oak Glen in the winner’s bracket.

“There weren’t a lot of chances in that game,” Winfield coach Steve Hensley said. “If you can get a girl on, you better get her to second and hope someone gets a hit and Georgia did. So hats off to her.”

Oak Glen can still get back to the state championship for a rematch with Winfield at 2:15 p.m., but it must first defeat Herbert Hoover at 9:45 a.m.

“It will be a fight,” Oak Glen coach Sherrie Garner said. “Every team that is here has earned the opportunity to be here so we are going to have to come with everything we have. Our girls have the energy and they want to come back. We’ll just have to play through a different avenue.”

Winfield pitcher Maci Boggess went the distance as she struck out six and walked just one in the shutout victory.

“I can’t say enough about Maci (Wednesday),” Hensley said. “You don’t see that a lot — two shutouts up here in the state tournament against state tournament teams — she did a super job. She stayed ahead in the count. She located her fastball all day, her curveball was good in this game and her changeup was good enough to keep them off the harder stuff. Mixing that in a little bit and some heart was a lot of it, too.”

Oak Glen had its chances but just couldn’t secure the big hit.

In the sixth, Kenna Calahan singled but a strong throw from right fielder Ella Nelson got the runner going to third to calm the Golden Bears’ threat.

The Bears had another shot in the seventh to pull even when Liv Munoz singled and Boggess walked her first batter of the game but she got out of the frame and the game unscathed.

“It was a back-and-forth great game,” Garner said. “Both teams had some nice defensive plays but we just couldn’t get some breaks. We put the ball in play with some hard hit balls but they came up with some crucial defensive plays. The pitching was great for both sides and when we got runners on we just fell short to plate one.”

Maddie McKay earned her second no-decision of the day by going four innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts and two walks.

Lizzie Kell took the loss in the circle with three innings of relief with three strikeouts and one walk.

“It shares the workload,” Garner said. “When you have two pitchers who pitch well and support each other, this is an all-day event for two days and this heat was tough, so when you have great pitching it’s a one run game.”

Calahan paced the Golden Bears with two hits.

Oak Glen 5,

Herbert Hoover 4

Wednesday morning Oak Glen scored three runs in the sixth inning to rally from two down to advance to the winner’s bracket with a win over Herbert Hoover in the state tournament opener.

Sydney Brown amassed three hits and a walk to spark the Golden Bears.

Oak Glen sent eight hitters to the plate in the first inning and pushed two runs across for the early edge but a three-run fourth put Hoover back in front until the Bears’ sixth-inning rally.

Class AA

Game 1

Oak Glen 5, Herbert Hoover 4

HH 100 300 0 — 4 7 2

OG 200 003 0 — 5 9 1

HH — Buckner lp (6K, 2BB) and Bright. Shamblin S, rbi; Bright S, rbi; Buckner S, rbi; Huffman 2S; Fix rbi.

OG — McKay (5K, 1BB), Kell wp (5) (3K, 2BB) and Sa. Brown. Sy. Brown 3S, rbi; Calahan 3S, rbi; McKay 2S, 2rbi.

Winner’s Bracket

Winfield 1, Oak Glen 0

W 000 010 0 — 1 3 0

O 000 000 0 — 0 6 1

W — Boggess wp (6K, 1BB) and Dean. Moulder D, rbi.

O — McKay (4K, 2BB), Kell lp (5) (3K, 1BB) and Sa. Brown. Calahan 2S.


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