Wellsville softball powers to perfect record on Virginia trip during Spring Break


Makenna Dunbar, left, and Makenzie Cowburn each hit two home runs during the 3-0 spring trip to Virginia. Cowburn had two wins pitching.

By CHRIS BROOKS, sports editor, wellsvillesports.com

Wellsville 3, Western Albemarle (VA) 1

CROZET, Va. — With a chance to end their three-day stint in Virginia on the most perfect of notes, the Lady Lions of Wellsville would have to grind their way through a tough matchup against Western Albemarle to close it out on a Wednesday evening under the lights.

Through the first three innings, the defenses took center stage across what was three scoreless innings. But then, the clutch hitting came into play down the stretch.

The Lady Lions had brought it all together.

Starting in the top of the fourth, Wellsville would collect three straight runs, two of them coming with two outs on the board with Marissa Ordway leading the offensive charge with the sparkplug to help give the Lady Lions a lead that was threatened down to the end, but was never lost, as they wrapped up a perfect 3-0 tenure in Virginia with a narrow 3-1 victory over Western Albemarle to pick up their fourth straight win.

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“Makenzie (Cowburn) pitched a great game tonight. She pounded the strikezone, and Western Albemarle had some good hitters tha put the ball in play. We made the plays behind her. Marissa came up with a couple of big RBI hits, and she’s been swinging the bat well. Western Albemarle is a quality team, and it was good for us to play a close game, and see what we can do in pressure situations.”

Each team would deal three consecutive shutout innings before the offense navigated their way onto the board, with Wellsville (7-1) starting first in the fourth with the first of two RBI hits for Ordway. After Makenna Dunbar worked her way into scoring position with a two-out triple, she would then score off Ordway’s single to break the ice against Western Albemarle.

The momentum carried into the fifth again with two outs. After Natalie Adams blasted a double, her older sister Marley Adams brought her in, recording another huge RBI single to extend their lead by a pair.

The scoring would come to a close with a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth, as Ordway chipped in with her final RBI of the game, driving a one-out double to the outfield gap to plate Brazen Beckwith in the process. For the remainder of the game, it would lie on the shoulders of Makenzie Cowburn in the circle.

Even though Western Albemarle was able to cut their deficit back down to a pair with a late sixth-inning response, the Wellsville hurler was able to hand out one more scoreless outing at the plate to help secure the team’s third and final victory in Virginia to finish out a perfect stint in the Old Dominion.

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Cowburn’s win was gathered behind a three-hit performance in the circle, as she struck out eight and walked four across her complete game. On offense, the Lady Lions totaled three runs off eight hits.

The Spring Break road trip for Wellsville will come to a complete finish on the ride back home tonight, as they make a stop in Pennsylvania for a 4 p.m. first pitch in Hollidaysburg.

Wellsville 000 111 0 – 3 8 1

Western Albemarle 000 001 0 – 1 3 1

Wellsville 19, Waynesboro 1

24 hours removed after their first contest in Virginia, the bats once again came alive for the Lady Lions of Wellsville.

But this time, it may have been their best outing of offense yet this season, as the team blasted three homeruns, two off the bat of Makenna Dunbar to help fuel another triumphant effort by a 19-1 count over Waynesboro, Tuesday night.

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The Lady Lions (6-1) brought together 19 runs across 15 total hits, including a massive evening from Dunbar, who went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs — a towering two-run homer to help the team get started in the first inning, before blasting a three-run line drive to deep right center field to break the game wide open inside an eight-run third inning to eclipse double figures.

The Wellsville freshman added a two-run double inside the team’s six-run fourth inning to complete what was a seven RBI game.

Makenzie Cowburn added a home run of her own along the way inside the team’s breakout third inning, smashing a two-run blast of her own, while Marissa Ordway nearly made it five home runs altogether for the Lady Lions, scoring a pair of doubles that hit near the top of the fence each time. Helping further the cause was Marley Adams, who had three hits and drove in three RBI, while Brazen Beckwith and Emma Dunaway (three RBI) both had a pair of hits.

“Waynesboro’s pitcher was a quality pitcher, and our offense was electric tonight,” said Lady Lions coach Matt Burke.

In the circle, the win was given to Ordway, who struck out and walked a pair in her start that went through the fourth inning. Dunbar chipped in with two strikeouts and a walk in relief.

Wellsville 208 63 – 19 15 0

Waynesboro 000 10 – 1 2 2

Wellsville 21, Charlottesville 5

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — For the first time in three years, the Lady Lions of Wellsville have made their way back down to Virginia for Spring Break, as they began a four-game, four-night set on Monday with a stop in Charlottesville.

Their start in their week-long stay in the Old Dominion saw an eruption take place on both sides of the field, with the bats coming alive right from the start, while on defense, a one-hit shutout formulated for Makenzie Cowburn in what was a dominant performance to help power Wellsville’s 21-0 shutout of Charlottesville.

The Lady Lions moved towards a 5-1 start to the season after the offense exploded with a 21-run, 19-hit effort that saw multiple hitters record at least a pair of hits. Among them: the team’s two pitchers — Cowburn and Marissa Ordway, with Cowburn having the biggest bat of the bunch, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a three-run blast to put towards a six RBI tenure.

Ordway added four hits of her own, driving in an RBI in the process to help the cause, while Sawyer Burke, Marley Adams, Brazen Beckwith, Lindsay Stuck and Hailey Lamphier each recorded a pair of hits, with Burke adding in an inside-the-park home run of her own for Wellsville, who started with an 8-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.

In the circle, Cowburn handed out 15 chairs and walked just one to complete her one-hit shutout.

Wellsville 845 40 – 21 19 1

Charlottesville 000 00 – 0 1 5

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