BLACKSVILLE — Camren Watson never expected to be the one to drive in the game-winning run to help the Clay-Battelle softball team advance to the first state tournament in program history.

The sophomore didn’t play much as a freshman and didn’t start for the Cee-Bees to start this season, and according to coach Butch Varner, it was because of Watson’s bat.

“She took that to heart and she worked on it all year, all winter, and came into this season improving and improving and improving,” Varner said. “It’s a kid like Camren Watson that’s the reason it’s fun to coach this game.”

Watson’s RBI single against Moorefield in the fifth inning Friday gave Clay-Battelle a lead it wouldn’t relinquish in a 6-5 win during Game 3 of the Class A Region II championship series. The Cee-Bees (25-2) will make their trip to Vienna for the state tournament and will face Greenbrier West on Wednesday in the semifinals.

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