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Man wins Mountaineer bracket advances to 9-10-11 softball state championship


District 2 champion Man captured the Mountaineer bracket championship with a pair of wins over Wayne Central and Jefferson County in the West Virginia Little League 9-11 Softball State Tournament at Hedgesville (Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Osborne).


Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports


HEDGESVILLE Mia Johnson dominated in the circle and the Man Little League 9-11 softball all-stars advanced to Tuesday’s championship round after capturing the Mountaineer bracket championship in the West Virginia 9-11 Little League State Tournament at Anderson Field.


Man defeated Wayne Central 12-2 in five innings on Saturday afternoon and defeated Jefferson County 5-1 on Sunday evening and will face the runner-up from the Herd Bracket Tuesday evening at 5 p.m.


Johnson allowed one hit and struck out 12 in Saturday’s win over Wayne Central and tossed a two-hitter while striking out 15 in the win over Jefferson Sunday.


Man will face either Barboursville, Summersville or North Putnam. Barboursville was defeated 2-0 in Sunday’s Herd Bracket championship by host Hedgesville. Summersville and North Putnam are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. Monday evening with the winner facing Barboursville at 7:30 p.m.


Hedgesville will face the runner-up from the Mountaineer Bracket, either Craigsville, Jefferson or Wayne Central at 7:30 p.m. in the second semifinal game on Tuesday.


Man 5, Jefferson County 1: Gracie Wheatley drove in two runs and Johnson and Erika Mullins each had two hits, a double and drove in a run in Man’s win over Jefferson County.


Rylee Osborne had two hits, Carley Caserta added a hit and scored twice and Caitlynn Salter and Lydia Smith each had one hit for the Man All-Stars.


Kaylee Dignazio had one hit and one RBI while Sophie Valentine had a double and scored a run for Jefferson County.


Valentine took the loss after allowing five runs on 10 hits while striking out seven and walking three for Jefferson County.


Man 12, Wayne Central 2 (Five Innings): Eight different players drove in a run for Man in a five inning win over Wayne Central.


Macy Corns had one hit and drove in two runs while Smith had a double, drove in one run and scored three times and Johnson and Osborne each had one hit, drove in one run and scored two runs.


Anna Belcher had one hit and one RBI, Caserta had one hit and scored two runs while Mullins and Wheatley each had one RBI and Arionna Robinson contributed to the win with one hit and three runs scored.


Johnson took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Mckenzie Stevens singled with one out for Wayne Central’s only hit.


Haylee Adams and Ava Brooks each scored a run for Wayne. Greenlee Cox took the loss after allowing 12 runs – only five earned – on six hits while striking out 10 and walking three.

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