SALEM — The Class 4 state softball championship game at Moyer Sports Complex on Saturday featured two teams with impressive histories.
Powhatan has won five state championships. Woodgrove, the Indians’ opponent, had won the last two state titles and three of the last four.
Boosted by a dominant performance by pitcher Camryn Dolby, the Wolverines made it three in a row with a 9-1 victory over the Indians.
“I think we have to be proud of the fact of where we’ve come this season,” Powhatan coach Marie Crump said. “We’re disappointed in the loss, but we’re very proud of what we’ve done this year. We might not have been playing today, so these kids have a lot to be proud of.”
Powhatan broke through when Tori Gilbert led off the sixth inning with a double. It was the first hit Dolby allowed in at least the last 12 innings, as she pitched a no-hitter in the state semifinal.
Rileigh DeWeese brought Gilbert around to score on a single, which was the first run that the Wolverines had allowed since May 21 against Loudoun Valley.
The Indians ended their 2018 campaign with two losses, both to teams that won the state championship. Powhatan fell to Prince George earlier in the season, with the Royals capturing a state title in Class 5 on Saturday.
Powhatan will lose seven seniors, including Mason Basdikis and Gilbert, but the state-final experience is not insignificant for the younger Indians who will return next season.
“The main thing is experience,” Crump said. “Not just this game, but going through regionals and the state games just to get here. The more times players can experience that…it doesn’t get any easier, but learning how to handle the pressure is what helps.”
Woodgrove 101 304 0 — 9 14 3
Powhatan 000 001 0 — 1 2 1
Basdikis, Peloke (6) and Jackson. Dolby and Barnes.
Highlights: Tori Gilbert (P) 1 for 3, 2B, run; Rileigh DeWeese (P) 1 for 2, RBI