By Michael Minnich
Tribune Sports Editor
SHORT GAP—The Keyser Lady Tornado and Frankfort Lady Falcons split a doubleheader on Monday afternon, with FHS rallying to win the first game, 8-6, and KHS cruising, 8-2, in the second game.
With a 14-10 edge in total runs, Keyser earned home-field advantage for next month’s sectional playoffs, hosting Game 1 and, if necessary, Game 3 of their best-of-three series with Frankfort.
In the first game, FHS scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-6 lead after Keyser had put three up in the top of the inning, then added another in the bottom of the sixth to close it out.
KHS lost despite a 13-7 advantage in hits, but FHS was error-free in the field.
For Frankfort, Katie Beeman hit a two-run home run in her first at-bat, then was walked in her next three plate appearances, seeing only one strike.
MyKenzie Wolford was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and picked up the win in the circle, allowing six earned runs on 13 hits.
Hayley Dorsey singled twice.
For Keyser, Katlynn Tichnell, Camryn Blacka, and Camryn Barrick all had three-hit games, with Barrick’s double the only extra base hit; Tichnell scored two runs.
Madison Rotruck drove in two runs and Madi Anderson and Tori Kane one each.
Anderson allowed eight runs, six earned, on seven hits, striking out five.
Keyser took an early lead: Tichnell bunted for a single, Blacka followed with a hit, then Anderson bunted successfully, loading the bases.
Kane grounded into a force out at the plate, then Rotruck smacked a two-RBI single.
A single by Barrick re-loaded the bases, but Wolford struck out Gabby Long and Aubrey Smith popped out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the first, Dorsey singled hard, then moved to second on an error.
With a base open, KHS chose to pitch to Beeman, and she launched a two-run home run on a 2-1 pitch to tie the score.
Tichnell and Blacka singled with one out in the second, then Anderson was hit by the pitch to load the bases.
Kane’s fly ball to left fell in to score Tichnell, but Blacka was forced out at third.
A walk to Rotruck loaded the bases for KHS for a fourth time, but Barrick’s hard-hit single up the middle struck Kane for the third out.
Keyser led, 3-2.
It stayed there until the top of the fifth.
Long walked, Smith singled, Naomi Bane sacrificed, then a wild pitch scored Long.
After a walk to Tichnell, another wild pitch plated Smith: 5-2.
With two outs, Anderson hit an RBI single, moving to second on the throw.
Frankfort answered—and—more in the bottom of the fifth.
Dorsey doubled with one out, then Beeman watched four wide ones.
A wild pitch set up Abria Lantz’s RBI single, then Wolford knocked home Beeman with a single.
With two outs, Lauren White scored Lantz with a single, then an error brought in courtesy runner Lacey Dolly with the tying run and White with the go-ahead run: 7-6, Lady Falcons.
Barrick doubled with one out in the sixth, but was stranded on third.
Walks to Beeman and Lantz in the bottom of the sixth set up Wolford’s hard-hit RBI double: 8-6.
Three ground balls in the top of the seventh clinched the FHS win.
In the second game for Keyser, Tichnell, Blacka, Kane, and Smith all had two hits, with Smith hitting a double.
Kane and Smith drove in two runs and Tichnell and Rotruck scored twice.
Anderson came back to pitch her second complete game of the day, holding FHS to two runs on three hits.
Dorsey had a double and Lantz and Wolford each singled.
Lantz was charged with all eight runs, six earned.
Dorsey led off the game with a double, then Beeman was walked.
But three fly balls got Anderson out of the inning without any damage.
Tichnell started the Keyser first with a walk, moved to second on a ground out, then advanced to third when Anderson reached on an error.
Kane then lofted an RBI single, but two ground balls kept Keyser from adding any more to their 1-0 lead.
KHS added another on the second: Smith singled with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a Bane ground out, then scored on a perfect two-out squeeze bunt from Tichnell.
Keyser kept rolling in the third: Anderson was hit by the pitch, Rotruck reached on an error, then another error scored Anderson.
With two outs, Smith smacked an RBI double to make it 4-0.
Lantz led off the FHS fourth with a single, then was erased on a Wolford fielder’s choice.
Sydney Flanagan was hit by the pitch, then a wild pitch moved both into scoring position.
Keyser failed to get outs on ground balls by Jessica Gollehon and White, with runs scoring on both plays to make it 4-2.
But Anderson struck out Lilly Saville and Angel Dawson grounded out to end the inning.
Keyser, though, scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull away.
Tichnell singled, stole second, then scored on a Blacka single.
Kane’s single scored courtesy runner Hailey Van Pelt, then Rotruck’s single ended Lantz’s day in the circle.
Dorsey walked Barrick, Long, and Smith to force in two runs and make it 8-2, but Wolford prevented further damage.
Anderson, though, was done conceding, too.
Keyser is at Southern today at 4:30 p.m., while Frankfort is idle until playing Allegany at home on Friday at 4 p.m.
Keyser, Frankfort split doubleheader
By Michael Minnich