The Times West Virginian

Local sports

May 15, 2009

Flying high

East tops Bears, 7-0, in regional semifinal

RIVESVILLE — When the chips were down for East Fairmont’s softball team the Bees came through with flying colors.

Madonna Gribble homered and drove in three runs and Nikki Nuzum kept the Polar Bears off balance on the mound as the Bees defeated Fairmont Senior Thursday in the Class AAA, Region I semifinal.

“It feels good to beat a good team like Fairmont Senior,” East Fairmont head coach Chuck Fluharty said. “They are a class act, well-coached and had a great season. It feels really good to get a win over a team like that in a situation like this.”

The game was scoreless until East pushed three runs across the plate in the top of the second.

With two outs, Kaylee Murphy and Karissa Baker drew walks. A passed ball moved the runners up to second and third and a single by Taylor Wright brought home both runs. Gribble then followed with a double to deep right to score another run to stake East to a 3-0 lead, which was all Nuzum needed.

She kept the Bears off balance with a mixture of pitches in earning the seven-inning shutout victory.

“Nikki did a real nice job,” Fluharty said. “I always say it’s all about pitching and defense, and here at East Fairmont that’s what we try to live by. And today it showed. We were excellent in both today.”

The Polar Bears were not baffled by Nuzum and put the ball in play several times. But each ball either went right to a Bee player or East came up with the play to keep the Polar Bears scoreless.

“We did hit the ball, but at people,” Fairmont Senior head coach Ken Beerbower said. “East stepped up at the right time. They had some turmoil, but came together when they needed to.”

Text Only
Local sports
Featured Ads
NDN Video
Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide