JEFFERSON – The West Branch softball team plays at a high level and the Warriors are just one win away from a county championship.
Jordan Anderson’s two-piece double in the third inning brought the Warriors into play, and a key RBI single from Sam Morris in the seventh helped the team beat Aurora 5-3 in a div. II. District Semifinals at Jefferson Area High School.
West Branch (21-6) will face Mogadore Field in the county championship at 4 p.m. Thursday at Jefferson Area High School. Field beat Poland 9-2 in the other semifinals of the day.
Aurora (19-8) was 4-0 behind in fourth place, but came back with two runs in the lower part of the fifth to put pressure on the Warriors. A home game by McKennah Metzgar led the sixth cut of West Branch 4-3.
Anderson scored three straight outs in the seventh to secure victory for the Warriors. Anderson threw 89 pitches and 65 were for strikes.
Sydney Mercer turned out to be a critical piece in the line-up with two hits. Jaci Thomas added a pair of hits and an RBI.
In the other game of the day, Area Power Poland’s season stalled when Field scored 13 goals in a blowout win.
Alexsa Hurd had a home run, hitting six in a full game for Field.
Poland ended their season 18-7.
West Branch 5, Aurora 3
WB – Jordan Anderson, wp (7IP, 9K, 1BB)
AR-Mackenzie Krafcik, LP (3 1 / 3IP, 3K, 1BB), McKennah Metzgar (3 2 / 3IP, 4K, 2BB)
Field 9, Poland 2
FI-Alexsa Hurd, wp (7IP, 6K, 3BB)
P-Katie McDonald, LP (7IP, 7K, 4BB)
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