MARTINS FERRY - The hitting fever that the Martins Ferry softball caught during Monday's game hasn't gone away just yet.
Wheeling Central didn't provide any kind of relief to it, either.
The homestanding Riders continued their torrid hitting and knocked the Maroon Knights (12-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten with a convincing 6-1 victory during a chilly Wednesday afternoon high atop the Purple City.
Photo by Seth Staskey/Martins Ferry’s Morgan Stalder slides under Wheeling Central catcher Allie Cook for the game’s first run during the first inning of Wednesday’s game in Martins Ferry.
"We had hoped it would be pay-back week," Ferry coach Paige Williams said as she watched her team avenge another setback. "We've beaten two solid teams this week and we're hitting the ball well, which is the key."
The Lady Riders, who beat Steubenville on Monday, are now 7-3 on the season. They pounded out nine more hits and continue to get key production from the heart of their order.
Sophomore Tyrah King and freshman Mercedez McLeod continued to square the ball up, hitting third and fourth, respectively.
The duo went back-to-back in the fifth. King took a Maroon Knights belt-high fastball deep into the afternoon to straightaway center. McLeod deposited a pitch at the same location in nearly the same spot as King.
"Ferry's one of the best teams we're going to face," said Central head coach Rick Magruder. "You can't afford to give (King and McLeod) anything good to hit. They're two of the best three and four hitters in the Ohio Valley."
The Lady Riders actually struck for two runs in the first inning. Morgan Stalder led off the game with a single, stole second and moved to third on a single by King.