Logan Little League is one win away from a state championship after a 21-2 win over Moorefield in the West Virginia Major League Softball State Tournament Monday evening at Barboursville (Photo courtesy of Randy Lackey).
Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports
BARBOURSVILLE Kristi Dress and Emma Lackey combined for six hits and 10 RBIs to lead the Logan All-Stars to a 21-2 four inning victory over the Moorefield All-Stars in the semifinals of the West Virginia Little League Major League State Softball Tournament in Barboursville Monday evening.
Logan will face the Hite Saunders All-Stars at noon on Tuesday. Hite Saunders advanced with a 5-2 win over the Boone Northern All-Stars in Monday’s first semifinal.
Dress was 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, six RBIs and two runs scored while Lackey was 3-for-3 with a two-run home run, four RBIs and two runs.
Lackey was the winning pitcher for Logan allowing two runs on one hit with six strikeouts and two walks in three innings in the circle. Molly Barnette struck out two hitters in her lone inning of relief.
After Lilly Fleming scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, Lackey followed with a two-run home run over the left field fence to give Logan a 3-0 lead. Three batters later, Dress added a two-run single, and Barnette singled to score Dress as Logan plated six runs in the first inning.
Logan’s offense continued to roll in the second inning with six more runs. Miley Fleming started the scoring with a run-scoring triple for a 7-0 lead and later scored on a wild pitch to give Logan an 8-0 lead.
Logan led 9-0 after Addie Dotson was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. Dress closed out the scoring with a three-run triple to give Logan a 12-0 lead.
Logan plated four more runs in third. Lilly Fleming tripled to increase the lead to 13-0 and one batter later, Miley Fleming doubled to make it 14-0. Lackey closed out the scoring with a two-run single giving Logan a 16-0 lead.
Katie Rohrbaugh singled with one out in the third for Moorefield’s only hit of the contest and later scored on a wild pitch for Moorefield’s first run. Ella Poling crossed the plate on a second wild pitch in the third as Moorefield plated two runs to avoid a 15-run mercy rule sending the game to a fourth inning.
Logan plated five runs in the fourth inning. Dress started the scoring with a run-scoring single to make it 17-2 and later scored on an error to increase Logan’s advantage to 18-2. Addison Starr added a two-run double for a 20-2 lead and Lilly Fleming closed out the scoring with a sacrifice fly for a 21-2 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth.
Moorefield starting pitcher Kiersten Rinker allowed six runs – three earned – on three hits and walked three and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings. Makayla Myers gave up six runs on two hits and walked three in 1/3 inning and Kalithia Keplinger allowed nine runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out one in 2 2/3 innings.
Miley Fleming was 2-for-3 with a double, triple, two RBIs and three runs scored while Barnette finished 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI.
Lilly Fleming went 1-for-2 a triple, drove in two runs and scored three times. Starr had a double and two RBIs, Dotson had one hit, drove in a run, and scored twice.
Rylee Miller had a single, Lena Setser drove in a run and Katie Hall and Ayla Vance each crossed the dish twice for Logan.
Logan and Hite Saunders have been dominant in state tournament play. Logan has outscored its opponents 37-2 in three games while Hite Saunders has outscored the opposition 45-2 in four games.
Hite Saunders defeated Cowen (18-0), Hurricane (8-0) and Sophia (14-0) to win the Mountaineer Division while Logan defeated Boone Northern (7-0) and Grant County (9-0) to win the Herd Division.
Tuesday’s winner will West Virginia in the Southeast Regional Tournament in Warner Robins, GA July 24-28.