Ritchie sophomore one-hits St. Marys

ELLENBORO – Ritchie County got contributions throughout the lineup and sophomore Moie Ray finished with a four-inning one-hitter here Friday as the host Rebels dropped Little Kanahwa Conference North Division foe St. Marys, 10-0.

Ray had a no-hitter through three innings, but lost it when Abbi Fetty started the fourth with a triple as Rebel right fielder Vanessa Tallman couldn’t come up with the diving catch. Prior to that, the only baserunners for the Blue Devils came when Kendra Becker reached via an error to start the game and when No. 7 hitter Mariah Martin walked in the second.

Already down 9-0, Fetty was erased when she got caught in a rundown after Alyssa Fetty walked and raced to first on a low pitch. Ritchie County catcher Abby Burgess started the rundown and the putout was finally finished when Rebel first baseman Cass Ray tagged Abbi Fetty going toward home. Aside from Abbi Fetty’s three-bagger, the hardest hit ball by the Blue Devils came off the bat of losing pitcher MiKayla Hearn, who hit a line drive comebacker to Moie Ray for the middle out of the second frame.

Ritchie County, now 5-0 with a road twinbill today versus Lincoln (2 p.m.) and host East Fairmont (4 p.m.), banged out 10 hits and pushed four runs across in each of the first two innings to take control.

Although Tallman, the Rebels’ leadoff hitter who scored twice and stole two bags, grounded out to begin the home half of the first, Ritchie County ended up sending eight batters to the plate. Kenna DeLancey, who went 3 for 3 and joined teammates Micah Ray, Burgess and Becca Sullivan, with two runs-batted-in apiece, started the big-inning with a stand-up double.

Tallman walked and moved up a base after a steal to get the second inning started and was knocked in on DeLancey’s RBI single to center. After Cass Ray followed with a single to left, Hearn was lifted for Martin. Micah Ray followed with an RBI single while Burgess and Sullivan then produced consecutive RBI groundouts for the 8-0 cushion.

In the third, Tallman reached on an error, stole second and scored on DeLancey’s RBI single. Rachel Haddox’s shot into the left-center gap ended the affair with no one out in the bottom of the fourth as Burgess, who started the inning by drawing a base on balls, scored easily.

St. Marys, which dropped to 2-1, returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Monday when Paden City visits.