Sports Briefing

OVAC baseball All-Stars

Named to the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Star baseball team are Beaver Local senior Ryan Cunningham, East Liverpool junior Paxton Grimes, Oak Glen senior Hunter Patterson and Edison senior Blake Connelly in Class 4A; Southern Local senior Conner Lewis in Class 2A; and Wellsville senior Caden Weekley in Class 1A.

WVU to operate at full capacity for games

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will remove coronavirus-related restrictions on fan attendance at home football games, athletic director Shane Lyons announced Tuesday. The Mountaineers will offer 100% fan capacity, including pregame tailgating, at Milan Puskar Stadium this fall, Lyons said in a news release. West Virginia has six home games, beginning Sept. 11 against Long Island.

WVU limited game attendance last season to the families of players and coaches along with essential game-day personnel.

All other school athletic venues also will operate at full capacity starting with the first home events in August.

Oak Glen needs another one

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va.– Defense wins championships, no matter the sport. Pitching helps, as well, especially when Maddie McKay is called upon.

Despite three Oak Glen errors during Tuesday’s Class AA Region 1 ballgame against Keyser, one incredible relay helped save the day and lift the Golden Bears to a thrilling 4-2 victory to keep their season alive.

A decisive Game 3 will begin at 4 p.m. today in Keyser for the regional title.

Keyser’s Carlie DelSignore led off the top of the seventh inning by reaching on an error. Aly Smith then promptly doubled to left field, and the Golden Tornado (28-4) got aggressive trailing by two runs.

Left fielder Makayla Zoellers threw a strike to shortstop Sydney Brown, who then fired the ball to catcher and twin sister Sarah Brown, and she tagged DelSignore for the first out. Smith advanced to third on the throw, sliding underneath Olivia Munoz’s tag in the nick of time.

“We’ve been working on that. Because of their good hitters, we have to be ready to bring it in, line it up and make your best shot at the plate. They saved the day,” Oak Glen coach Sherrie Garner said.

“We had to depend on everyone (Tuesday). They had a drive in them. They’ve played this game all of their lives, and it’s fun to be where we’re at. We’re going to stick together.”

With a runner on third and one away, the Bears (27-1) intentionally walked Alexa Shoemaker, who hit her 16th home run of the season during Monday’s 3-2 victory. McKay, pitching in relief, struck out Hailey Massie for the second out.

Shoemaker advanced to second during the strikeout, so Oak Glen decided to put Charity Wolfe on for free and load the bases. Wolfe hit a walk-off solo homer on Monday.

“When you do the scouting report, that’s what other teams have done,” Garner said. “It’s the law of averages that they’re going to come through. We were willing to take a risk. We came through with our weapons.”

Garner looked like a genius, as Morgan Pratt hit it hard but lined out to center fielder Lizzie Kell to end the game.


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