SALEM — After missing the last two state finals by a grand total of two runs over the two years, the Powhatan Indians left no doubt about their spot in Saturday's Class 4 softball championship at Moyer Sports Complex on Friday.
Powered by live bats up and down the Indians' lineup, Powhatan blew past Dinwiddie 12-1 to advance to the state championship game. The team will face Woodgrove at 1 p.m. Saturday at Moyer Sports Complex.
“I’m really excited, Powhatan senior Tori Gilbert said. “The third time was the charm.”
The Indians will attempt to go after state championship No. 6 in program history on Saturday, and will face two-time defending state champion Woodgrove at 1 p.m. at Moyer Sports Complex.
Powhatan’s offense wasted no time getting runs on the board in the bottom of the first.
Mason Basdikis led off with a single and moved to third on two groundouts by Sami Pleasants and Gilbert.
Then, Rileigh DeWeese ripped a double into left field to score Basdikis and make it 1-0.
Teri Jackson reached with a single, followed by a two-RBI single by Lindsey Elam that made it 3-0 in the blink of an eye.
“I was really excited to go out there and move my teammates around,” Elam said.
Basdikis scored on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the second.
Dinwiddie scored its only run of the game in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Lauren Lindsey.
The Indians plated four in the bottom of the fourth.
Gilbert led that inning off with a double, followed by a walk by DeWeese and an RBI double by Teri Jackson, which scored Gilbert to make it 5-1.
Then, Taylor Dickerson beat out a play at first, with DeWeese scoring to make it 6-1.
Autumn Lederman hit a slow roller between shortstop and third base, which got by the Generals defenders and scored another run to make it 7-1. A fielder’s choice later in the inning upped the tally to 8-1.
The Indians added another in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Gilbert, and Pleasants knocked in two more in the bottom of the sixth. Gilbert would knock in Pleasants’ pinch-runner Briana Hensley on the next pitch to make it the final of 12-1.
Basdikis had a strong performance in the circle for the Indians, striking out five Generals batters, and allowed just seven hits.
“I thrived off my team’s energy,” she said. “They had my back, so I knew I could pitch my best.”
The win for Powhatan is the third this season over the Generals, with the first in the regular season and the second in the Region 4B final.