VIENNA - Wheeling Park softball coach Dee Davis let out a sigh of relief after the Patriots' 8-3 victory against Ripley in the second round of the West Virginia state softball tournament at Jackson Park.
''We live to play another day,'' she said.
She's got that right.
Wheeling Park’s Carly Greer delivers a pitch against Hurricane during the opening round of the Class AAA West Virginia State Softball Tournament on Wednesday in Parkersburg.
Greer threw a three-hitter in the first game, but Hurricane prevailed, edging Park 2-1. The Patriots, with a victory against Ripley in the late game, set
themselves up for a rematch with Hurricane today.
After dropping a 1-0 decision at the hands of Hurricane in the early game where the Patriots (21-6) only mustered two hits, Park took its frustrations out on the Vikings of Ripley, especially in the seventh inning.
Leading 4-1, junior Ashleigh Sidon got the inning started with a ground-rule double.
She then advanced to third on a wild pitch and one out later, junior Kelsi Johnson was walked to put runners at the corners as fellow junior Carly Greer stepped to the plate.
Greer, who reached on every at bat during the game, smacked one into left field to drive in Sidon and Johnson, then advanced to second on an error on left fielder Maddie Hizman to make it a 6-1 contest.
Park was far from done.
Junior Keleigh Sidon ripped one up the middle for a base hit, then on the next at bat, sophomore Morgan Karnell hit into a fielder's choice, which gave Greer enough time to score.
Next, second baseman Sapphre Parsons couldn't handle a Morgan Karnell hit that drove in Keleigh Sidon to make it 8-1.
Ripley (23-12), however, didn't exactly lie down in the bottom half of the inning as the Vikings added two more runs, but Greer, who came on in relief of sophomore Skylar Carrington in the fifth, struck out Dusti Fisher to end the game.
''We found gaps and hit the ball hard,'' Davis said. ''Ashleigh hit the fence and we had two or three doubles in that area. We started hitting the ball. Better late then never. We need to continue that (today).
''In the first game, it was just errors,'' Davis continued. ''We beat ourselves. This one was a little cleaner game. Ripley's a good team, but they're not as strong as Hurricane.''
The Patriots ended the game with eights runs on eight hits, lead by Greer, who doubled among three hits and drove in four runs.
''She's seeing the ball well, hitting the ball well,'' Davis said of Greer. ''Her swing she has a nice stroke, she's not trying to kill it. Right now, she's been on fire the past four or five games for us. She's pitching well, too.''
Ashleigh Sidon also had three hits and scored two runs to go with an RBI.
With the win, Park will have a rematch with Hurricane at 9:30 this morning.
Wheeling Park 1
Carly Greer threw a three-hitter and scored the tying run in the seventh, but it wasn't enough as Hurricane bested Wheeling Park.
Amber Null singled in the bottom of the seventh to drive in Addie Fullen for the game winner.
Marissa Tucker and Greer each had a hit for the Patriots.