SC swept past George Washington in their sectional matchup by 8-0 and 11-5 scores. After SC senior pitcher Alli Burdette fired the second perfect game of her career in the opener, the Black Eagles had to rally past the Patriots in the second game with 11 runs in the last three innings after falling behind 4-0 on six errors.
The Black Eagles host No. 10 Ripley in the Region 3 semis. The Vikings needed a third game to get past Riverside 3-2 in eight innings in the sectional Saturday. SC holds the edge over Ripley, recording a 1-0 win last month.
Conversely, Hoover, Sissonville and Buffalo barely broke a sweat in sectional play.
The Huskies posted a 3-0 record in securing wins over Clay and Nicholas County (twice) by a combined 45-2 score. The Indians roared past Poca 19-3 and 8-3 in winning a doubleheader.
Hoover, which was No. 1 in AA for most of the season until Ritchie County passed it in last week's final poll, hosts rival Sissonville at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Region 4 semis. The two previous matchups were both one-run games won by the Huskies (3-2 and 2-1).
Buffalo looked the part of two-time defending titlist, disposing of Charleston Catholic 9-0 and 15-0. Bison hurler Chelsey Parkins seems to be in form after firing a no-hitter in the clinching win over the Fighting Irish and going 4 for 4 at the plate.
Buffalo, which concluded the year No. 1 in the Class A poll, hits the road for Wahama at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Region 4 semis. The Bison already own 11-0 and 11-2 decisions over the White Falcons.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.