Wheeling Central scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim a wild 11-9 come-from-behind win Saturday over visiting Class A No. 1 Buffalo in high school softball.
No. 4 Central trailed 9-6 until the outburst in the sixth. Sydney Bennington doubled and belted a home run for the Maroon Knights (5-1) while Joni Zavolta and Cara Stahl each tripled and Vanessa Saseen doubled.
Ali Burdette and Chelsey Parkins laced two doubles apiece for two-time defending state champion Buffalo and Olivia Dunn singled twice. Buffalo (5-1), which banged out 14 hits, committed three errors.
In the first game, Kelsey Moore, Mary Brannan, Darby Peterson, Myranda Murphy and Hannah Ford each had two hits, helping the Vikings jump out to a 5-0 lead after two innings. Natalie Miskofsky, Brenna Ferguson, Ali Chambers and Madison Wall each collected a pair of knocks for Winfield.
Ripley struck first again in the nightcap, building a 4-1 lead after three, but the Generals rallied with six unanswered runs and took a 7-4 lead into the seventh before the Vikings pushed across a pair to set the final margin.
Kenna Markham went 3 for 4, with Ally Funk, Miskofsky and Kaitlyn Legg each picking up a pair of hits for the Generals. For Ripley, Brannan went 2 for 4 with a triple and Chelsey Hager 3 for 4 with a double.
Chelsie Hall, Nichole Brown and Crystal Dunn each collected two hits in the opener for Nitro, which rallied from a 6-3 deficit by scoring five in the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the second game, Brown smacked a grand slam as the Wildcats (4-3) finished off the Flying Eagles in three innings.
In the first game, the Raiders plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to erase a 5-3 deficit. Cassidy Taylor went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs for Roane while Micky Rhodes and Beth Hilbert each went 2 for 3 and Ashley Parsons knocked in a pair. Ashton Chancellor smacked two doubles for Williamstown.
The offensive explosion continued in the second game as Taylor doubled and drove in three to pace the Raiders' 16-hit attack. Hilbert and Miranda Hall each collected three hits and Muriah Nutter and Kasey Blosser each had two RBIs for Roane (6-0). Cierra King doubled and homered for Williamstown (4-4).