High School Football

Ritchie County wins state softball opener, 9-1 over Midland Trail

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ritchie County pounded out 10 hits in 4 innings at the plate to win the opening game of the Class A state softball tournament over Midland Trail, 9-1 in 5 innings.

Sydney Sheets put the Patriots (20-5) ahead with a solo home run in the first inning. However, the Rebels responded with four runs in the first, one in the third and four more in the fourth to put the run rule in effect.

Olivia Dodd, Jaycee Gray and Lillie Law each had two runs batted in for the Rebels. Marissa Jeffrey also had a multi-hit game.

Chloe Elliott went the distance in the circle for the Rebels. She allowed six hits and struck out nine batters.

Ritchie (22-5) will face the winner of the Petersburg/Wahama game later Tuesday in the Class A winners bracket final. Midland Trail will play an elimination game.

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