Hagerstown defeated Centerville 7-5 in the championship game of the Richmond softball tournament Saturday April 15, in what was the first of a likely four meetings this year between the two rivals. The games were moved from Richmond to Centerville because of air quality concerns.
The Lady Tigers shutout the Lady Red Devils 9-0 in the opening game of the day to earn the right to play for the title. Rylan Young pitched a one-hitter, striking out 15. Emma Jarrett collected four hits. Five Lady Tigers had two hits each.
Centerville and Jay County met in game two. The Lady Patriots entered the tournament undefeated, and heavily favored. Centerville handed them a stunning defeat to join Hagerstown in the title game. Junior Drew Tubesing led the Lady Bulldogs at the plate. Tubesing collected three hits, including a home run, and drove in six runs. Jocie Collins also had three hits. Shelby Life, Malorie Woodruff, and Harmony Owens each supplied two hits. Hannah Stapleton was the winning pitcher.
The Lady Tiger built a 7-0 lead after two innings and withstood a Centerville comeback effort to win the title. Sophomore catcher Allison Stinson led the Lady Tigers offense with three hits. Rylan Young was the winning pitcher, striking out nine batters to run her strikeout total for the tournament to 24. Jocie Collins and Harmony Owens both homered for Centerville.
Hagerstown 9, Richmond 0
Centerville 10, Jay County 8
Jay County (10-1) 11, Richmond (0-9) – Third-place game
Hagerstown (3-3) 7, Centerville (2-3) 5 – Championship
A version of this article appeared in the April 19 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.