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Midland softball out-slugs GW, 18-10

March 29, 2019

ONA — Apparently, Sluggerfest started one day early for Cabell Midland’s softball team.

The Knights have hosted the popular tournament for years, but Wednesday’s contest with George Washington certainly lived up to the tournament’s namesakes as well.

Cabell Midland’s offense exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to hand George Washington its first loss of the season in an 18-10 slugfest in high school softball action at Paul Adams Field on Wednesday night.

In a battle of top-tier Class AAA contenders, it was the Knights who earned the victory on the strength of an offensive performance that pounded out 14 hits against one of the state’s top pitchers in George Washington’s Brianna McKown.

George Washington (10-1) took a 10-9 lead in the top of the fifth inning as the teams jockeyed back and forth with run-scoring frames, but the Knights found their groove against McKown and never looked back in plating nine runs to stop the game after five innings.

For Cabell Midland (6-2), Jenna Dorsey led the way offensively, going 4-for-4 with a double and a home run. Rielly Lucas also was 2-for-3 with a homerun and three RBIs. Gracie Hightower was also 3-for-4 with a double and Sydney Chapman was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

McKown led George Washington at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two home runs and three RBIs. Katy Darnell and Gracie Smith each had two hits and two RBIs.

HURRICANE 15, CAPITAL 0: Hurricane’s offense got rolling in a big way on Wednesday afternoon, connecting for 14 hits and taking advantage of six Capital errors as the Redskins got a 15-0 mercy-rule shortened win over the Cougars.

Caiti Mathes continued her assault on opposing pitching, finishing the game 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Mathes had a two-run double and a solo home run in the win.

Harlie Vannatter finished 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs for Hurricane while also getting the win in the circle, allowing just two hits while striking out eight in the four innings of work.

Lindsey Phares finished 3-for-4 in the win while Taylor McCray and Zoey Dunlap each had a pair of hits and two RBIs, as well. McCray has a solo home run to her credit.