GLEN DALE - Before the home fans had a chance to settle into their seats, Kelby Hall's first inning two-run home run gave visiting University the momentum to go on to defeat homestanding John Marshall, 7-2, ending the Monarchs' season with a record of 24-6.
Hall's shot to straightaway center field was the first of three home runs the Hawks hit off John Marshall's starting pitcher Alyssa Blake in the Friday Class AAA, Region One, Section Four semifinal game.
After Hawks' leadoff batter Conner Asiff flew out to start the game, Rachael Rousseau reached base via a Monarchs' fielding error. Hall then immediately took advantage by sending Blake's pitch over the center field wall to give University a quick 2-0 lead.
In the second inning, University's Alexa Greene led off with a single. It was then Jamie Desantis' turn to light up the scoreboard, as she promptly hit the second home run off Blake, giving the visitors a 4-0 lead. University got on the board again as Rousseau crossed the plate following her own single and another by Hall, increasing the lead to 5-0.
It appeared John Marshall had a chance to get back in the game in their half of the second inning, as Hannah Rogerson led off with a triple. She later scored on a fielder's choice, cutting the deficit to 5-1. However, University soon scored another run, as Greene hit a solo home run to make the score 6-1.
The Monarchs had another chance in the bottom of the third inning, after Jamie Gellner reached on an error and Maggie Kaylor singled. With only one out, University pitcher Savannah Bryner intentionally walked the Monarchs' Sissy George to load the bases.
Bryner - who scattered five hits over seven innings - then struck out Jessica Kinnick. Rogerson then worked a walk from Bryner to get one run across the plate to make the score 6-2. The next batter grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
After relatively quiet fourth and fifth innings, the Hawks scored again when Assif blooped a single off Monarchs' relief pitcher, Kinnick. Desantis crossed the plate to make the score 7-2.
John Marshall went down in order for a very quick sixth inning. Gellner singled off Bryner in the seventh, and then reached second base on a wild pitch. However, Kaylor then struck out and George grounded out to end the Monarchs' hopes for a comeback.
With the win, University improved to 20-5 on the season.
The Hawks will play the winner of Wheeling Park/Parkersburg.