HEDGESVILLE - Hedgesville and John Marshall came into the championship game of the Gene Baker softball tournament Saturday feeling confident.
The Eagles hadn't lost a game in the tournament, going 4-0. The Monarchs were coming off a big win against Moorefield in the semifinals after losing to Yellow Jackets a day earlier.
John Marshall rode that confidence to victory, beating the host Eagles 8-0 to take home the championship for the second time in three years.
Hedgesville had done well in holding its opponents down offensively, giving up just five runs through its first four games. However, against John Marshall, the Eagles couldn't stop the Monarchs, who recorded nine hits.
John Marshall (7-3) got on the board in the first inning with a run, but it was a five-run third inning that put the game away. In that inning, the Monarchs sent 11 hitters to the plate and scored all five runs with two outs.
Ravyn Schultz and Hannah Rogerson did the biggest damage, driving in two runs apiece. With the bases loaded and two out, Schultz drove a pitch up the middle to score Bailey Fiben and Megan Wise, who started the inning with singles.
Rogerson followed with a two-run double up the middle, scoring Alyssa George, who walked, and Schultz to put the Monarchs ahead 6-0.