Roundup: MSAC softball, tennis start today
The Mountain State Athletic Conference softball tournament and tennis championship events begin today.
The softball tournament is set for today and Wednesday at Hurricane High School, with place-winner games being held at the higher-seeded teams.
The host and defending league champion Redskins earned the No. 1 seed and will play No. 4 South Charleston at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday with No. 2 Cabell Midland and No. 3 Ripley squaring off 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal.
The softball consolation game will be played at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and the championship game will follow.
POWER BACK IN TOWN: The West Virginia Power returns to action tonight at 7:05 when the South Atlantic League teams begins a three-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs at Appalachian Power Park, part of a seven-game homestand.
John Kuchno (0-1) gets the start for West Virginia, while Gabriel Encinas (2-0) takes the mound for the RiverDogs.
The Power (8-10) has won six of its last 10 games and currently sits in sixth place in the South Atlantic League North standings, three games behind the division-leading Delmarva Shorebirds.
WILLIAMSON HONORED: Marshall senior pitcher Andi Williamson was named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week after surrendering just two hits and striking out 28 batters in two wins against Ohio University.
Williamson broke the Marshall single-game strikeout record in the first of her two wins, ringing up 16 batters in the process. She had owned the previous record of 14, which she had accomplished twice.
PREP SOFTBALL: John Marshall, Herbert Hoover and Wheeling Central remained No. 1 in their respective classes Monday in the state sportswriters' high school softball poll.
John Marshall received all 10 first-place votes for the maximum number of points (100) to hold onto the top spot in Class AAA. Cabell Midland was second, followed by Hurricane, Lincoln County and Musselman to round out the top five. St. Albans checked in ninth.
Hoover garnered six of the 10 first place votes for 95 points for No. 1 in AA, but No. 2 Ritchie County had four first-place votes and 90 points. Scott was third, followed by defending state champion Wayne and James Monroe.
Wheeling Central received six of the 10 first-place votes for 91 points to remain atop the Class A poll, but No. 2 Buffalo, the two-time defending state champion, had two first-place votes and 90 points to inch closer. Moorefield, which had two first-place votes, was third, trailed by Sherman and Gilmer County. Valley was No. 10.
WVU BASEBALL: West Virginia pitcher Harrison Musgrave has been named WVU's Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week for his performance on the mound last Friday at Texas.
Musgrave, a former standout at Bridgeport High, pitched a complete game shutout in the Mountaineers 1-0 win against the Longhorns. He struck out nine and walked two in the 124-pitch outing. For the season, he has yet to lose in Big 12 play.
WVC BASEBALL: Concord's Joey Miller has been named the West Virginia Conference Player of the Week, while Seton Hill's Alex Haines and Wheeling Jesuit's Jordan Kraus have been named WVC co-pitchers of the Week.
Miller went 10 for 19 with sixs RBI to help lead Concord to a 5-0 record last week. Haines struck out seven and allowed just four hits in Seton Hill's win at Shepherd, while Kraus threw a complete game for the Cardinals.
LOCAL GOLF: Craig Berner of Edgewood County Club scored a second-place finish Monday in the low professional event of the Las Vegas Palute Golf Resort Pro-3 Amateur at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport.
With a 69, Berner finished his round tied with Rob McClellan of Butler Country Club. John Abner of Allegheny Country Club took the top spot with a 66.
CAPITAL LACROSSE SPLITS: The Capital lacrosse team split a doubleheader Saturday at Preston High School, losing to Wheeling Central 12-7 and beating Preston 15-5.
Christian Huffman and Mason Jack had two goals for the Cougars, while Brian Felton paced Wheeling Central with five goals.
In the game two win, Mason Jack had four goals for Capital and Joe Wright and Christian Huffman each had three goals. Jon McCabe registered three goals for Preston.
SECTIONAL SCHEDULES NEEDED: Area baseball and softball coaches or athletic directors are urged to send their upcoming sectional schedules to the Gazette when they are finalized.
Pairings, times and dates can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 304-348-1740 or mailed to Gazette sports, 1001 Virginia St. E, Charleston, WV 25301.