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SOFTBALL: Patriots Dominate South

Park girls score 12 in each of twinbill

March 23, 2013
By TONY VIOLA, Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ELM GROVE -The Wheeling Park bats were the only thing that seemed unaffected by the weather during a cold Friday evening doubleheader against Parkersburg South at Lisa's Field.

The Ohio County Patriots finished with 17 hits on their way to a 12-2 five-inning victory against the Wood County visitors.

''We finally hit the ball,'' Park coach Dee Davis said. ''We had some good hits.''

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Wheeling Park’s Carly Greer throws a pitch during Friday’s doubleheader against Parkersburg South at I-470 Field.

The hits came early and often as Marissa Tucker blasted a triple during Park's first at-bat.

Ashleigh Sidon hit a ground out up the middle to send Tucker home and it was 1-0 Wheeling Park.

It didn't take long for South (0-2) to answer as a Stephanie Giffin one-out bunt brought Nicole Landis in to tie the score.

After a double play closed out the top of the second, Tucker hit a two-run double as Skylar Carrington and Colleen Tracy both crossed home plate to make it 3-1 Park.

Tucker then stole third before a wild pitch during Ashleigh Sidon's at bat brought her teammate in to make it 4-1.

It was three up and three down for South in the top of the third before Wheeling really brought the heat with a seven-run inning.

Kristen Slater started the scoring frenzy after stealing home on a Carly Greer line-drive single.

After a Tracy hit, the bases were loaded as Tucker stepped up to the plate. Having seen enough from Tucker, South pitcher Morgan Trippett walked the junior and as a result Keleigh Sidon scored to stretch Park's advantage to 6-1.

Ashleigh Sidon then followed with the play of the game, a grand slam over the left outfield fence that left the Wood County visitors facing a 10-1 deficit.

A two-out double by Nicole Landis brought in Logan Somerville to make it 10-2 in the top of the fourth, but two more scores from Carrington and Tucker in the bottom of the fifth made it 12-2 and the 10 run rule was enforced.

''They did a good job,'' South coach Jennifer Null said. ''They always have a good team when they come out every year. I think if we would have played a little better ball, hit our pitches, it would have been a different game.

''We stuck with them in the beginning. We just weren't hitting our spots. No excuses, they're a good hitting team as well. You've got to be able to hit your spots and get them off balance. We did not do our job.''

Landis led South with two doubles and an RBI.

Greer picked up the victory for Park (3-0) as she went the distance, while Tucker finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple to go along with three stolen bases.

Ashleigh Sidon added five RBI to go with her two hits and Slater finished with three hits as well.

''We're getting better,'' Davis said. ''As long as we improve each game, I'm happy. We had three errors in one inning against University and in this one, we had only one error in the outfield. Our infield was good.

Game 2

Wheeling Park 12

Parkersburg South 2

ELM GROVE - Keleigh Sidon blasted a home run and a triple among three hits as Park took care of business in the second game.

Kelsi Johnson added two doubles, while Carly Greer and Marissa Tucker both had a triple.

Morgan Trippett hit a double for South's lone hit.

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