BILL LUSK | WVOW SPORTS
LOGAN Harlee Quick came through with a big hit when Logan needed it the most as her run-scoring single in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Lady Wildcats to a 4-2 victory over county rival Chapmanville on a cool, rainy Thursday evening at Bea Orr Field.
Quick’s one out single to center scored Lacy Curry from second base as Quick motored around the bases reaching third after a fielding error by the center fielder and would later score on Emilee Mullins’ sacrifice fly.
Quick’s hit gave Logan its fourth win in its last five games and improved the Lady Wildcats to 5-8 on the season.
“The first two weeks were really rough, but now we are coming together and gelling as a
team,” Logan coach Jason Davis said. “We came together a lot at Chapmanville when we played Wyoming East and we have played really well.”
Quick’s heroics at the plate were nearly forgotten as the left fielder put a scare into her coach and those in attendance Thursday during the second inning.
Chapmanville left fielder Mikayla Tomblin lifted a fly deep into left field in the direction of Quick, who made the catch but as he turned to complete the play her leg buckled as she fell to the ground in tears.
Davis quickly ran to the assistance of his left fielder not knowing if she would be able to continue.
“When it happened, I thought worst case scenario that she had broken her ankle or twisted her knee,” Davis said. “I think it might have been a knee because she said she hyperextended it, but when we she went after that ball she caught and when she was laying on the ground with tears in her eyes she asked if she was out.”
Logan had just five hits in the contest with two of them coming from Taylor Noe, who had a run-scoring double and a leadoff triple in the bottom of the first inning.
Noe would score on a wild pitch giving Logan a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Erica Sigmon two-run home run in the fourth inning gave Chapmanville a 2-1 lead after four innings of play.
“The homer got us in the game, but we never accepted it as a team and just went through the motions,” Chapmanville coach Ronnie “Mule” Ooten said. “If you can’t get up for Logan then you can’t get up for nobody.”
Noe’s double in the fifth scored Isabella Propst, who reached on an error by the second baseman, to tie the game, 2-2, after five innings.
Logan took advantage of three Chapmanville errors scoring four unearned runs off pitcher Chloe Murphy.
Murphy went six innings allowing four runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking two in the loss.
“You can’t beat nobody giving up four unearned runs,” Ooten said. “She pitched a hell of a game.”
Chloe Bryant tossed a complete game for Logan in the circle. Bryant allowed two runs on five hits, striking out two and walking one in the win.
Noe led Logan with two hits at the plate, but it was her defensive gem in the first inning that her coach talking.
Chapmanville’s Ashleigh Mahon hit a shot off the left center field fence for what appeared to be an apparent double, but Noe got to the ball quickly and fired a strike to second baseman Kaylie Coleman, who applied the tag for the final out of the first inning.
“She had a triple leading off for us, but she made a play in the outfield,” Davis said. “They had a girl hit one to fence and tried to stretch it into a double, and I don’t know if she didn’t expect her to throw it, but she makes the throw, and we get the out.”
Quick had one hit and one RBI and Coleman and Curry each had one hit for the Lady Wildcats.
Sigmon led Chapmanville at the plate with a two-run home run while Erin Adkins, Brooke Christian, Mahon and Emma Muncy each had one hit for the Lady Tigers.
“We put runners on base and our big sticks can’t get the ball out of the infield,” Ooten said. “When nobody is on base, we knock it off the fence.”