’Jackets turn it on in spring

It’s been a pretty good spring thus far at Williamstown High School.

Sure, veteran Yellowjacket baseball coach Terry Smith’s team has struggled, but it’s tough to be good every year.

Plus, the ‘Jackets technically will be back at 0-0 once the postseason arrives and who knows what will happen then on the diamond.

When it comes to the girls track program at Williamstown, the Yellowjackets are in command of the runwv.com power rankings. The current three-time Class A defending state champions appear as though they are a near lock for a fourth consecutive crown next month.

Last year, the WHS boys tennis team of veteran head coach Jay Carter brought home Class AA/A state runner-up honors.

The Yellowjackets are off to a stellar 13-1 start this season and their lone loss came on Monday against Parkersburg, which eked out a 4-3 win. Williamstown No. 1 singles player Luke Flanagan lost a tough 9-8 match, which featured an 8-6 tiebreaker, to Big Red Alexander D’Costa.

“I think we are going to be able to contend (at state), to be honest,” Carter said of the WHS boys. “We’ve been playing a lot of tough teams and a lot of triple-A teams.

“That was a really good match against Parkersburg. We’ve got them at home on Tuesday and it will be a dogfight.”

Although Carter noted defending Class AA/A boys state tennis champion Charleston Catholic “is in a rebuilding mode, they are always going to be tough. Bluefield is pretty good and they are always contenders.”

Flanagan’s loss to D’Costa was his first setback of the campaign. Brothers Aaron Leo at No. 2 singles and Ryan Leo at No. 3 singles are still unbeaten. Muhammad Kingsen, Williamstown’s No. 4 singles player, has a strong 13-1 mark with his lone defeat coming at the hands of Big Red Neema Saadevandi.

“Everything is preparing for regionals and states,” Carter added. “You have to be playing well at the right time.

“It’s not how many losses you have, but how well you are playing and how well you play against tough opponents.”

The Williamstown softball team accomplished what has to be a pretty rare feat earlier this week when Yellowjacket sisters Cierra King, a junior, and freshman Nellie King fired consecutive three-inning no-hitters against Parkersburg Catholic.

Cierra King, who had five strikeouts, actually pitched a perfect game. Nellie King issued one base on balls with six strikeouts and the free pass cost her a chance in the second game of the doubleheader of matching her older sister’s feat.

A note of congratulations goes out to Ravenswood’s baseball team, which on Tuesday handed St. Marys a 21-8 defeat. It was the Blue Devils’ first loss after 15 straight wins to open the season.

Devon Crews had a grand slam and delivered seven runs-batted-in. Red Devil teammate Issac Crow also launched a grand slam in the victory. Fans in attendance actually witnessed three slams since Johnny Riggs had one for the Blue Devils.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com