West 8, North Adams 3
Behind a six-run third inning, the West Senators faced little difficulty in a Division III, Southeast I Sectional Final contest against North Adams as West jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back en route to an 8-3 victory over the Green Devils on Saturday afternoon in West Portsmouth.
Dylan Bradford proved to be the star of the show for West on the hill as the senior pitched six efficient innings of five-hit baseball on the hill while striking out a trio of North Adams batters. Bradford also went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and a run scored to lead the West offensive attack.
Cade McNeil, Cade Powell, and Mardy Knittel also proved to be strong at the plate for the Senators, with McNeil going 3-for-4 with a run scored from the two-hole, Powell going 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored from the six-hole, and Knittel going 2-for-4 from the seven-slot. Garrett Hurd and Buster Boggs each went 1-for-3 with a run scored, with Hurd adding a walk, and Trever Staggs, along with Tre’ Patrick, added a walk and a run scored to round out the West efforts.
In addition to his 2-for-4, two-RBI day at the dish, Powell threw an excellent seventh inning for West to close the deal by throwing eight of his 12 pitches for strikes — while recording a strikeout in the process — to seal the deal.
With the victory, West (12-12) will play Wheelersburg in a Division III, Southeast I District Semifinal on Thursday evening at VA Memorial Stadium. The winner plays either No. 2-seeded Adena or No. 11-seeded Chesapeake on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
D-III SOFTBALL FINALS:
Division III, Unioto II Sectional Final
Eastern Brown 12, Northwest 7
Division III, Unioto III Sectional Final
Piketon 7, Valley 3
Division IV, Minford I Sectional Final
Belpre 13, South Webster 3 (F/5)
Division IV, Minford II Sectional Final
Peebles 3, Notre Dame 2
UPCOMING DISTRICT CONTESTS
Division IV, Southeast I District Semifinals
No. 2 Clay vs. No. 3 Reedsville Eastern (7 p.m., VA Memorial Stadium)
Division IV, Southeast II District Semifinals
No. 1 Green vs. No. 4 South Webster (5 p.m., VA Memorial Stadium)
No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Racine Southern (7 p.m., VA Memorial Stadium)
Division IV, Minford I District Semifinals
No. 1 Clay vs. No. 4 Eastern (4:30 p.m., Minford)
The schedule for Wednesday through Friday will be posted on Wednesday morning’s edition of the Daily Times’ roundup, and the schedule for Saturday — as it is known by Thursday evening — will be posted on Friday morning’s edition of the Daily Times’ roundup.
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