Morgantown takes advantage of Wheeling Park errors to force decisive Game 3

MORGANTOWN — Morgantown High and Wheeling Park’s softball seasons have been defined by limiting mistakes in the field, and that trend carried over into the Class AAA Region I playoff series.
In a Game 1 loss, MHS bobbled routine grounders and dropped pop-ups.
Roles were reversed in Game 2 on Wednesday at Mylan Park, with the Patriots collapsing defensively in the sixth inning. That allowed the Mohigans to score all their runs in a 6-1 win that forced a decisive Game 3 today in Wheeling.
“At this st and then you see what happened to them tonight. I’m proud of the way we stayed the course and we played well defensively and fought back at the plate.”
Ashley Linder, coming off a complete-game victory in Game 1, was back in the circle for Wheeling Park (12-11). She carried a shutout through five innings, aided by her own relay throw from centerfielder Kelsey Chacalos to nab MHS runner Mahalie Moser at the plate.
It started to fall apart in the sixth inning, as Breonna Marietta led off with a double for the Mohigans (19-7), followed by an error and a single that loaded the bases. Then, Lillian Kooser hit a dribbler in front of the plate that the Patriots threw away, allowing two runs to score.

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