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Ferry Stuns Monroe, 12-5

Photo by Kim North Martins Ferry pitcher Lauren McFarland throws a pitch during Friday’s OVAC Championship victory.

By KIM NORTH

For the News-Register

ELM GROVE — Martins Ferry has shown its power at the plate on numerous occasions this spring. Friday night the Purple Riders waited until late in their Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Tom Bechtel Class 3A Championship contest with Monroe Central before flexing their muscles.

Trailing 5-4 entering the home half of the sixth inning, top-seeded Martins Ferry connected for three two-run homers in scoring eight times for a 12-5 triumph over the stunned Seminoles (11-10) on wind-swept and chill-filled Ben’s Field at the J.B. Chambers I-470 Sports Complex.

With the come-from-behind win, the Purple Riders improved to 22-4 and claimed the program’s fourth OVAC softball banner. The others came in 2000, 2005 and 2011.

“I knew we could hit the ball, and we did, but their outfield played outstanding,” Martins Ferry head coach Jerry Magistro said. “They made some really good catches, but I thought it was just a matter of time before we broke loose.”

And no better time than when you’re behind and only have six outs remaining.

Ella McFarland started the game-winning rally with an infield single. Three pitches later, No. 8 hitter Ava Doyle put Martins Ferry ahead to stay at 6-5 with a two-run shot to left-center. It was her third roundtripper of the season.

“As soon as I saw the ball leave the pitcher’s hand I knew it was going to be the pitch to hit.When it left the bat I knew it was going over the fence,” Doyle said. “I’ve never experienced anything like this. it’s awesome.”

Kelsi Gillespie, the winning pitcher in Tuesday’s semifinal over Linsly, drew a walk and Hunter Pollock sent an 0-1 offering from Liz Roderick well into the night to deep left. Danielle Lude reached on an infield single that ricocheted off the mask of Seminoles’ third baseman Brookelynn Grubb before Maria Clark rocketed a laser well over the fence in left to make it 10-5. Shelby Thomas and Ella McFarland capped the outburst with run-scoring groundouts.

The three home runs give Martins Ferry 28 as a team this season. Ten of the 13 team members have at least one and Clark leads with seven, one more than Pollock.

Lauren McFarland shrugged off the five-run second and didn’t allow another run. She struck out six, walked a pair and threw 107 pitches, with 76 being strikes. She also drove in three runs with two singles.

BASEBALL

Tyler Consolidated 17, Beallsville 3

SISTERSVILLE — The Tyler Consolidated baseball team has won six out of seven and continued to do damage at the plate in a convincing win over Beallsville.

Hayden Brown threw a complete five-inning game with five strikeouts and no walks.

Jayden Helmick and Zade Billings each produced two singles, a double and three RBI and Mason Nichols added two singles, a double and two RBI in the triumph.

Union Local 3, Edison 2

MORRISTOWN — Tre Rex struck out 10 and walked six, while allowing no hits through four-and-a-third as Union Local edged Edison.

Dylan Higgenbotham and Evan White each drove in a run and tallied a hit for the Jets.

Tyler Gummere finished the job with three strikeouts in the final two-and-two-thirds innings.

Matt Parsons paced the Wildcats with a hit and a RBI and Blake Connelly struck out four and walked one, while allowing just four hits in six innings.

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