State Championship Sunday Scores & Highlights - 6/9/13
Wilson Memorial won its first state title since 1990
The Riverheads and Wilson Memorial baseball teams both won state championships Sunday, while the Stuarts Draft girls soccer team and Madison County softball team lost in the finals.
The Mountaineers fell 3-1 against Honaker in the Group A, Division 1 softball championship game at the Moyer Complex in Salem.
The game was tied at 0-0 in the top of the 6th inning, when Madison junior Lauren Seale hit a triple to right field, and then scored when the relay throw to 3rd skipped away.
The Tigers responded with a three-run home run by Emily Kendrick in the bottom of the inning, and held on for the win.
Mountaineers head coach Jesse Yowell says, "It could have went either way. It's a game of inches, and they got a couple inches over us. It's a tough break. I feel bad. I feel bad for the girls."
"She just had a good hit at the right time," adds junior pitcher Lauren Seale. "(Sophomore Sam Atwell) was about two inches away from catching it. She tried her best, though, so that's all we ask for. We just didn't get the win, but we'll be back here next year."
Madison County (24-5) last won the state title in 1995.
Riverheads won its first-ever state championship by beating William Campbell 5-0 in the Group A, Division 1 baseball finals at Kiwanis Park in Salem.
The Gladiators (18-6) were state runner-up in 2011.
Junior Kyle Bishop says, "It hasn't really sunk in yet. Oh my gosh. It's a great feeling, great feeling. After two years ago, when we got this close, we weren't going to let it happen again. We knew we had to get it this year. And we did it."
Senior Cody Swisher adds, "To come this far, and be in the same place again brings back memories, and it was great to come back and win it all this time."
Bishop pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout for Riverheads.
Bishop says, "I guess you could say I saved my best for last. I just had to come out and throw strikes. It ended up working for me. Throwing strikes, making them put it in play, the defense made plays for me, and we stepped up and got the victory."
"I give credit to Kyle Bishop, he pitched one heck of a game," says Swisher. "We got the hits when we needed to, and when they made mistakes, we took advantage. I'm just super proud of my guys, super proud."
Swisher was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, while Kyle Wilson had two runs batted in.
Head coach Rodney Painter says, "From Day One, this was our ultimate goal. I know a lot of teams do that, but they understood what it took."
Wilson Memorial is state champ for the fourth time in school history, after topping Glenvar 6-4 in the Group A, Division II finals at Radford University.
The Green Hornets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning, and held on for the win.
Senior Thomas Goins says, "My emotions haven't really set in. I'm just overjoyed that we got here and won the state championship, and got the honor to hold the trophy. I'm just glad I got here and could support my team."
Wilson Memorial also won state titles in 1977, 1980, and 1990.
The Stuarts Draft girls soccer team lost 4-0 against five-time defending state champion George Mason in the Group A state finals.
The Cougars had also lost to the Mustangs 2-0 in the Region B title game on May 31st.
Senior Mayzie Lewis says, "George Mason is a really good soccer team. We played them in the regional finals, and thought we had a chance. We played our hearts out. Being a senior and never playing soccer again, that's the upsetting part. But our team made history, and they're going to do it again next year. I have faith in them."
Stuarts Draft (19-4) had never played in the state tournament before this season.
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