Wood­grove 9, Powhatan 1:

Dolby pitches Wolver­ines to their third con­sec­u­tive state cham­pi­onship

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - SPORTS+ - BY BILLY FELLIN

The In­di­ans’ strong sea­son ends at the hands of start­ing pitcher Cam­ryn Dolby and the Wolver­ines, who won their third con­sec­u­tive state cham­pi­onship.

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.”

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