Man advances to play in next Thursday night’s Class A regional championship game against No. 1-ranked Buffalo, which beat Charleston Catholic 10-2 on Thursday night.
The Lady Billies are just one win away from making it back to the state tourney. Man won back-to-back Class A state championships in 2008 and 2009 and were state runner-ups last year.
For Williamson, it was the end of the season and the end of the line for Lady Wolves’ athletics. Williamson High School is set to close its doors at the end of the school year and consolidate into the new Mingo Central High School, along with Matewan, Burch and Gilbert.
Man (16-5) only needed five innings to brush off Williamson, which advanced in its sectional tourney via forfeit over Burch and Matewan.
Man pitcher Taylor Tomblin pitched a no-hitter as she struck out seven, walked two and hit one batter.
The Lady Billies scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to coast to victory.
Man senior Lindsey Whited led off with an infield single and freshman Cari Blair kept it going as she laid down a perfect bunt single. Malorie Vance then singled to load the bases off Williamson pitcher Elizabeth Wells.
Whited then took home on a wild pitch to make it 1-0 Man.
Tomblin then helped her own cause with a bunt RBI to make it 2-0.
Vance then raced home for the third run as Tomblin was thrown out at second base.
Man then added two more runs to take a 5-0 lead.
The Lady Billies’ made it 9-0 in the bottom of the second inning by plating four more runs.
Whited reached base on a one-out walk, stole second and scored on Blair’s RBI single to up the margin to 6-0. Blair took home on a wild pitch to make it 7-0. Man built the lead to 9-0 on a two-run slap single off the bat of Summer Sword. Tomblin got the Lady Wolves out one, two, three in the top of the third, striking out Kristen Johnson and Elizabeth Hatfield and then getting Katrina Brewer to ground out.
Man put the game on ice in the bottom of the third inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs to take a commanding 16-0 lead. The big blow was a two-run triple by Emilee Osborne.
Lady Billies’ coach Randy Epperly was then able to put in his JV team to finish off the game.