Host St. Albans rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn a 3-2 victory over Hurricane at the Ed Carter Memorial baseball tournament Friday at Loftis Field.
The Redskins (14-3), the No. 1 team in the Gazette's Class AAA state ratings, led 2-0 before SA got to starter Drew Lawrence, who finished with a five-hitter and eight strikeouts. Lawrence had a one-hitter going until the home half of the sixth.
The comeback earned a win for SA's Joey Dodrill, who fired a three-hitter with nine Ks.
"It was definitely a pitchers duel,'' said St. Albans coach Rick Whitman. "Both kids threw well. We had some timely hitting when we needed it, and that's what it takes when you have good baseball teams. Usually it's who has the timely hits and comes through when you've got to come through. Fortunately, we were able to do that today.''
Josh Burkes stroked a two-run single in the sixth for the Dragons (15-3) and Tyler Matthews broke a 2-all tie with a two-out single.
HURRICANE 6, SV 0: Ben Williams went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for Hurricane at the Ed Carter Tournament in St. Albans. Drew Lawrence and Steve Schiffour each went 2-for-3 with a double for the Redskins (15-3), while Austin Hensley limited Spring Valley to two singles.
SA 14, SPRING VALLEY 1: Josh Kiser went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs as St. Albans defeated Spring Valley in the Ed Carter Memorial at St. Albans High School. Tyler Allen added two hits and drove home four runs for the Red Dragons (16-3), while Tyler Matthews added two doubles and two RBIs. Thad Brewer went 1-for-3 for Spring Valley.
WINFIELD 5, SC 4: Brandon Wright went 2-for-4 as Winfield downed South Charleston in the Ed Carter Memorial at St. Albans High School. Tanner Bailey added two hits and an RBI for the Generals. Jonathan Cline went 3-for-4 with a triple for the Black Eagles (6-13), while Antonio Brown chipped in two hits.
CATHOLIC 15, PARK. CATHOLIC 5: Nelson McKown went 3-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and four runs scored for Charleston Catholic in the West Virginia Classic Catholic Tournament in Parkersburg. Connor Golden went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Irish (12-4) while Ian Lough was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs. Austin Luther and Jim Ferrell each went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jake Boice went 3-for-3 for Parkersburg Catholic (8-5).
CHAS. CATHOLIC 8, NOTRE DAME 6: Nelson McKown and Drew Cable knocked in two runs apiece for Charleston Catholic (13-4) in the West Virginia Catholic Tournament in Parkersburg. Kolby Bruzzino smacked a grand slam and drove in four runs for Notre Dame (6-3).
PARK. CATHOLIC 9, MADONNA 8: Austin Luther went 2-for-4 with three RBIS for Parkersburg Catholic in the West Virginia Catholic Classic. Jim Ferrell drove in two runs and Mitch Davis scored three for the Crusaders (9-5). Logan Linder drove in two runs and Connor Morgan registered 11 strikeouts for Madonna (9-3).
CROSS LANES 15, TUG VALLEY 11: Chris DeBord went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBIs as Cross Lanes Christian picked up a home win. Colton Schieffer added three hits for Cross Lanes (9-5). David Runyon contributed two hits, including a triple, for Tug Valley (0-8).
WAHAMA 12, MILLER 3: Zac Warth went 4-for-4 and Tyler Roush and Wesley Harrison were both 3-for-3 as Wahama (8-8) defeated visiting Miller, Ohio. Miller (Ohio). Hunter Starlin was 2-for-3 for Miller (3-6).
RIVERSIDE 10, LINCOLN COUNTY 0: Zack Petry connected for a pair of doubles and drove home a run as host Riverside shut out Lincoln County in a six-inning mercy-rule game. Doug Wright and Doug Prather added two hits apiece for the Warriors (11-9) while freshman Brady Wilkinson got the win, striking out seven over five innings. Colby Brogan went 3-for-3 with a double for the Panthers (2-14).
MAN 11, VALLEY 3: Jacob Riggins went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Jordan Simpson struck out 10 and went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for host Class A No. 9 Man (12-7). Tyler Chaffins and Todd Coleman had an RBI each for Class A No. 4 Valley (14-4).
MAN 12, LINCOLN CO. 3: Shane Browning went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Jacob Riggins drove in two runs for visiting Man (11-7). Grant Bates and Austin Cooper each knocked in one run for Lincoln County (2-13).
HOOVER 10, CAPITAL 2: Chelsie Stover went 4-for-4 with a double and drove home four runs as Herbert Hoover notched a home win. Lexi Lawrence added a triple for the Huskies (13-4), while Allison Rager added a double and RBI. Tahje' Houston had a pair of hits for the Cougars, while Haley King had a double and RBI.
GW 3, PARKERSBURG 2: Tori Hill drove in two runs and Billie Murray pitched a complete game for visiting George Washington (7-10). Courtney Newbrough went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Parkersburg (5-16).
POCA 10, RYKEN, MD. 2: Bri Bias went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Poca at the Grand Strand Softball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Miranda Linville went 2-for-3 and registered eight strikeouts for the Dots (10-7), while Madi McGrew went 3-for-5 with a triple.
SC 7, HUNTINGTON 2: Meredith Cain went 2-for-3 as South Charleston downed visiting Huntington. Chelsea Lore, McKenzie Catlett and Emily Sauvagoet each had two hits for the Black Eagles (7-7). Lauren Sizemore went 1-for-3 for the Highlanders (4-11).
WAYNE 8, SISSONVILLE 1: Tasha Maynard had a two-run double and Kasey Endicott, Payton Fetty, Jessie Rowe and Savannah Perry each drove in one for host Wayne (19-2). Taylor Legg knocked in the lone run for Sissonville.
PLEASURE RIDGE PARK 12, RIPLEY 5:Morgan Hart went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a grand slam and six RBIs to power Pleasure Ridge Park (Ky.) at the Grand Strand Classic at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Ryne Hill and Montana Kershner had two hits apiece for the Vikings (11-7).
SHERMAN 6, S. MENEOA 2: Sherman's Kylie Wells moved to 4-1 on the season by limiting South Meneoa, N.Y., to six hits in a victory at the Grand Strand Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Baylee Harless went 3-for-4 with a double to lead Sherman (13-7) at the plate. Jordan Lewis added two RBIs.
CATHOLIC, MONTCALM SPLIT: Charleston Catholic split a doubleheader with visiting Montcalm. Montcalm won the opener 11-3 in five innings while the Irish won 10-0 in the second game.
Emily Lilly went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple for Montcalm in the first game. Emma Sovick knocked in a run for Catholic.
In the nightcap, Alexandra Persily did not allow a hit for the Irish (2-10). Samantha Busch had an RBI for Charleston Catholic.
SA SWEEPS: Ali Haynes went a combined 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs as host St. Albans swept two three-inning mercy-rule games from Clay County, 11-0 and 13-0. Maddi Marshall added a double in each game for the Red Dragons (17-2). The Panthers (3-12) were kept hitless in both games.
BEST OF THE BEST: The Best of the Best Softball Classic resumes today in Buffalo with round-robin play in all three classes. The top four teams in Class AAA, AA and A advance to single-elimination playoffs in the afternoon. (See Page 2B for results and schedule.)