The Times West Virginian

Prep Sports

April 19, 2014

North Marion goes 2-for-2; Fairmont Senior 0-for-2 in tournament

RACHEL — A day after an 11-0 mercy-rule victory at Philip Barbour, the North Marion Huskies were at it again.

Chelsi Latocha threw three no-hit innings, Shelby King drove in five runs in the first inning and the Huskies rolled to a 20-0 victory over the winless Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School.

“We come out and think that every game is a big one and that we have to push hard every single inning,” said Latocha, who struck out three to stretch her no-hit streak to seven innings. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs.

“We don’t take anybody lightly,” she said. “Everybody is on the same playing ground as us.”

The Huskies sent 21 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first and racked up 17 runs. King tripled, singled and walked in the opening frame and scored three of the 17 runs.

“I’m the leadoff hitter, so it’s really not my job to be hitting home runs or that kind of thing. I’m there to get on base and let people hit me in,” she said. “It’s nice to have the opportunity to hit other people in.”

Morgan Clyde and Rachel Wiley had two hits and Taylor Wells doubled in the victory. Paige Efaw, Amanda Sigley, Chey Steen and Sam Pollock also added hits to help the Huskies tack on three more runs in the second inning.

CLAY-BATTELLE 13,

FAIRMONT SENIOR 12

The Fairmont Senior Polar Bears thought they had it, their first win in nearly two seasons.

They had rallied from a 3-run deficit after the umpire announced that the sixth inning would be the final one because of a time limit. They rebounded with 11 hits after being no-hit in back-to-back games leading up to the one against Clay-Battelle. They had the bases loaded.

But ultimately, Fairmont Senior fell a hit short of winning the game in walk-off fashion. Then in the extra seventh inning, Clay-Battelle singled in a run to win, 13-12, at North Marion’s Diamond Dawg Tournament.

“We had our chances and we didn’t take advantage of all of our opportunities. But I think it’s a good learning experience,” said Fairmont Senior coach Josh Leep. “They see that they can actually be in a game and maybe win one.”

Fairmont Senior’s starting pitcher Brooklyn Nuzum struck out two batters in seven innings, doubled and drove in three runs. She agreed with her coach’s assessment.

“I thought we still played great. As a younger team, I expect us to lose some,” she said. “But today I really saw our confidence level go up.”

In a back-and-forth game, Clay-Battelle took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. But Fairmont Senior responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-2 lead.

Clay-Battelle reclaimed the lead with four runs in the top of the second. But again, Fairmont Senior responded with six runs runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 9-6 lead.

But Clay-Battelle plated three in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 12-9 lead and set up the nail-biting final innings.

Jordan Birdsell recorded three hits. Cheyenne Phillips and Alexis Richardson had two. Becca Glover doubled. And Lexie Seremetis and Ali Shaver added hits.

“We're going to try to build on it,” said Leep. “The biggest thing is confidence. To get in here and almost pull one out, that does great things for confidence.

“We’ve got good things ahead of us.”

Text Only
Prep Sports
  • Different stressors lead to multiple issues for athletes

    Juggling multiple things as a teenager is never an easy task and can be quite taxing on your body — mentally and physically.
    There are many psychological and sociological reasons why teens participate in multiple sports or why they choose to specialize in one particular sport.

    July 20, 2014

  • Question marks linger at RB position for Bees

    Players come and go but when they leave, question marks are left behind.
    That’s the case for the East Fairmont football team as August quickly approaches.
    Last year the Bees leaned on a core of running backs to strengthen both the passing and ground attacks, with backs like Scotty Shroyer and Ronnie Mills lining up at all different kinds of positions.

    July 19, 2014

  • Boddy handoff mw.jpg Boddy poised to make leap to feature back

    It takes a unique skillset to do what Malik Boddy does for the Fairmont Senior football team.
    The running back/defensive back/return specialist steps into a more called-upon roll this season for the Polar Bears.
    But before you look at this season’s workload, you must look back on his past roles.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • (MAIN) Taylor kicking-MW.jpg Buonamici hopes to follow in Knight's footsteps

    “I’ve got to end it on a make,” Taylor Buonamici said after the ball she kicked narrowly missed the uprights at Duvall-Rosier Field.
    She placed the football back onto the tee, sized up the yellow field goal posts, took a deep breath and began her trek.
    Three steps back, two steps to the right.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Redmond comfortable leading Huskies’ power running game

    Football is known by many to be the sport of traditions.
    For North Marion’s football team, that tradition is being a smashmouth, downhill, physical football team. And that starts with the players carrying the football.

    July 15, 2014

  • Balance key to preventing youth sports burnout

    Unless you’ve just won a NASCAR race, burning out is not a good thing.
    All too often it seems that athletes are being pushed to a highly competitive level at a younger age each and every year.
    Studies from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine have shown that an estimated 27 million youth in the United States between the ages of 6 and 18 play team sports; 60 million play at least one sport and 44 million play multiple sports.

    July 13, 2014

  • Bees’ OL poised to lead team in right direction

    Getting your team out of a funk can sometimes be a daunting task.
    For East Fairmont’s football team, it may seem that overcoming a 3-7 season could be a hard-fought battle. But don’t tell the offensive line that.
    “We just want to set a standard,” senior offensive lineman Jacob Brown said.

    July 12, 2014

  • One step closer to dream, Kesling signs with Garrett

    Getting where you want to be is a process. Fairmont Senior’s Johnny Kesling knows that.
    For Kesling, the next step in reaching the ranks of Division I baseball is to fine tune his skills.
    Kesling took that step Friday, signing to play baseball with Garrett County Community College, a junior college in Maryland.

    July 12, 2014

  • One step closer to dream, Kesling signs with Garrett

    Getting to where you want to be is a process. Fairmont Senior’s Johnny Kesling knows that.

    July 11, 2014

  • Young FSHS receivers ready to burst onto scene

    In high school sports, each year could be labeled as a rebuilding year as top players graduate and new ones emerge.
    While Fairmont Senior isn’t ready to call their season a rebuilding one, they will have a new group of playmakers stepping in at a key position: wide receiver.

    July 10, 2014

Featured Ads
Prep Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos