CHARLES TOWN – Emily Bayliss had a pair of hits and drove in two runs as Washington used an eight-run fifth inning to mercy-rule past Jefferson, 12-4, on Monday in the first round of the sectional tournament.
Jefferson was scheduled to play at top-seeded Musselman after press time Tuesday. The Applemen are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AAA and have already twice defeated the Cougars by mercy-rule.
Washington awaits the winner of the Musselman-Jefferson game to begin a best of three game series on Wednesday. Musselman also defeated Washington twice in the regular season.
Erin Lehman and Christina Collins also had two hits apiece for the Patriots, who took a 4-0 lead in the first inning against Jefferson.
The Cougars were able to rally back to 4-3 in the third inning after Kaitlyn Boyd, Jenna Witt and Layla Adinolfi scored runs after reaching base on either walks or hits.
Jefferson tied the game 4-4 the following inning when Adinolfi hit an RBI-single to score Boyd, who again reached base on a walk.
But the floodgates opened in the fifth inning for the Patriots, who took advantage of an injury to the Cougars’ starting pitcher Jenna Witt, who was taken out of the game after being hit by a pitch on the thumb in the top of the fourth.
The Patriots managed to mount an eight-run fifth inning against Jefferson reliever Mallory Jackson with a number of hits and walks. The Patriots also scored runs that inning on passed balls and wild pitches.
Washington pitchers Carly Jansure and Jane Cabbiness combined for the victory. Jefferson’s Mallory Jackson took the loss after pitching two innings in relief for the injured Witt.
Witt led Jefferson with a pair of hits and a run scored before being pulled from the game, while Kaitlyn Boyd went 1-for-2 with two runs and Mallory Jackson added a double and Gabby Lovell a single. – Jeff Brammer