MOOREFIELD – Cue Joe Esposito’s famous tune.   

Washington continues to excite, advancing through teams in the Moorefield softball tournament like a hot knife through butter. The final win of the weekend coming as a 10-0 shut out of regional foe Hedgesville – the same team that nearly broke the their perfect record this past Wednesday.  

The Patriots dominance is highlighted with a 72-1 run for, run against ratio through 24.2 innings. The only run against them was John Marshall’s earned run against Taylor Cenate in Game 5. 

Kylie Condon (3), Jordyn Brown (1), Mackenzie Myers (1), Hannah Ruffner (2), Madison Carlisle (1), and Katie Dubyak (1), combined for nine home runs over the weekend with Carlisle, Dubyak and Ruffner all picking up one in Game 6 against Hedgesville. The team almost had ten, but one was wiped by technicality due to a base running error.  

Condon (15), Myers (10), Dubyak (8), Ruffner (8), Brown (8), Madi Cenate (6), Taylor Cenate (5), Julia English (2), Carlisle (2), Brittany Cenate (1),  Sophie Crowder (1), and Alexis Dinterman (1) combined for a big showing at the plate with 67 RBI. 

Clearly monstrous at the plate, Condon led the team in the odd games – her best going against Philip Barbour (2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR), Hampshire (2-2, 1 R, 4 RBI) and John Marshall (2-2, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 HR).  

In their under 25-inning, six game show, Brown, Cenate and Ruffner led the team on the hill for an astounding pitching performance. At the peak of the season, the trio were knocking down batters better than they have been all season – a good look at what the rest of the season should look like and an omen for teams to come. 

Cenate kicked things off in Game 1 (Philip Barbour, 8-0) allowing just three hits in five innings. The senior struck out six and walked none. Cenate pitched against John Marshall as well, giving up one earned run while striking out two. Brown followed Cenate in Game 2 (Buffalo, 9-0) with a four-hit, seven strikeout performance through five innings. Brown closed out the tournament with a three hit, four strikeout game against the Eagles. Ruffner pitched in Game 3 (Hampshire, 23-0) and Game 4 (Buffalo, 13-0). She had six strikeouts and nearly threw a no-hitter with one against her against the Trojans, and gave up two hits and one walk while striking out five against the Bison.  

With two wins a piece, the trio is now sitting with power stat lines going into spring break. Cenate is 7-0 with a .768 ERA, .768 WHIP and has 18 strikeouts. She holds batters to a .192 average.  Brown is 6-0 with an incredible .233 ERA  and .178 BAA, and holds the highest number of strikeouts. Her 33 in 30 innings is one of the best in the state, and she’s only walked four and given up one earned run. Ruffner (5-0) has a 1.329 ERA, .158 BAA and 28 strikeouts in 26.1 innings.  

“I’m very proud of our team, not only for playing our A-game, but for coming together as a team on and off the field,” head coach Amanda Orkoskey said. “When they are playing at that level and playing as one unit, it is really fun to watch and it’s a pleasure to say, ‘That’s our team!’ We just have to keep playing our game and staying together as one team and great things will happen.” 

The team has a long break from playing until Thursday when they host Hampshire, but the group is set to host their softball camp on Tuesday.

Sports Editor

A West Virginia native and 2017 graduate of WVU, Andrew writes about local high school sports from his new home in Charles Town. He also covers Shepherd and his alma mater, while still finding time to rant about the Washington Redskins.

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