Wahama on the brink of a three-peat after defeating Petersburg in the Class A winners bracket final

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The White Falcons of Wahama once again stand seven innings away from a Class A state championship. WHS (30-5) used an 11-run fourth inning to defeat Petersburg, 17-0 in five innings in Wednesday’s winners bracket final.

The Vikings (26-8) will face St. Marys in an elimination game Thursday at 9:45 a.m. for the right to face Wahama in the championship round.

The White Falcons were held to two hits in their 3-1 win over St. Marys earlier on Wednesday. However, Wahama pounded out 11 hits in just four innings at the plate against PHS.

“The bats really weren’t there this morning. This afternoon it was a little different story,” said Wahama head coach Wes Riffle. “They brought the bats and they came with a better approach. They were selective at the plate. I am happy with both numbers. Anytime you can put 17 up in a state tournament game, you make it this far and you are facing quality teams.”

Every starter in the Wahama lineup scored at least one run and seven had at least one hit. Elise Hoffman and Kate Reynolds led Wahama with three runs batted in. Radford University signee Amber Wolfe added a two-run double.

Ohio University signee Mikie Lieving faced just one batter over the minimum. She allowed one hit and struck out nine.

“It was another solid, veteran performance.”

Wahama will take the field at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, looking to complete a second consecutive title defense.

“It is a great position to be in. They can sleep in tomorrow, take things a little easy and get rested up. We need to get focused in and get one more win. They have been here before. They need one more. I think we will be ready and we will be focused.”

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