Fury’s bat leads South past Ritchie

PARKERSBURG – Kenna DeLancey’s two-run blast in the first inning gave visiting Ritchie County the early momentum here Tuesday at Don Godbey Memorial Park, but Parkersburg South took the lead for good with a five-run second en route to a 10-6 triumph versus the Rebels. Patriot junior catcher Trinity Fury finished 4 for 4 with a double and five runs-batted-in as head coach Jennifer Null’s program improved to 3-10 and awaits Lincoln County for a 5 p.m. home tilt on Thursday.

Megan Bosley fanned seven during the complete game win and Rebel Moie Ray picked up the loss, although four of the runs she allowed were unearned. All of those came in the second frame.

Prior to DeLancey’s jack to center, leadoff hitter Vanessa Tallman reached on a bunt single and things looked good before a pair of Rebel errors in the second led to the Patriots’ big inning. Nicole Landis started the second with a single to left and scored on Anna Richards’ RBI double. Landis’ hit was nearly caught by a leaping Tallman at shortstop and Richards’ shot, which ended up in the gap, just missed the glove of the second baseman DeLancey when she climbed the ladder to no avail. A pair of infield singles, the two errors and a Fury two-out two-run base knock to center gave the hosts the lead for good.

Consecutive one-out singles by Becca Sullivan and DeLancey resulted in two runs when they both scored on a PSHS error to make it 5-4.

Parkersburg South tacked on four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take control with a 9-4 cushion. No. 9 hitter Lindsey Cox got things going with a one-out hit by pitch. A Logan Somerville single was followed by a Kristen Hamilton bunt single to load the bases for Fury, who came through with a three-run double down the line in left. Courtesy runner Cheyanna Dellinger scored on Landis’ RBI single for the final tally.

Ritchie County (6-2) head coach Dave Mossor’s club, which returns to action at 4:30 p.m. today with a road trip to Williamstown, scored twice in the fifth. Ray, who was replaced by courtesy runner Cali Hayes, drew a one-out free pass and then Bosley walked Tracy Lamp. Rebel No. 9 hitter Kirsten Seese plated Hayes and Lamp with a two-run single to right-center.

Hamilton scored the Patriots’ final run after reaching via a single in the sixth and scoring on Richards’ RBI single to right.