West Virginia thwarts Boone in Southeast Regional

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The defending Southeast Regional champions lost to West Virginia 10-3 on Sunday in the losers’ bracket final. Boone had dropped into the losers’ bracket after a 5-4, extra-inning loss to North Carolina earlier Sunday.

Boone, which finished fifth in the world last year and returned several players for another run at a title, jumped on top 1-0 against West Virginia, a team Boone defeated 3-2 on Friday.

Kayleigh Musser had an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning for the early Boone lead.

But Boone allowed four runs in the second inning. West Virginia then tacked on a run in the third and five more in the fifth.

Brooklyn Dailey, batting ninth for West Virginia, did the lion’s share of the damage. She went 3-for-3 with five RBIs. No. 8 hitter Alexis Gibson was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

Boone fought hard in its final at-bat. Josie Jenkins and Kyleigh Bacon hit back-to-back triples to make it 10-2, and Ava Saul followed with a sacrifice fly that cut the deficit to seven runs.

In the winners’ bracket final against North Carolina, the two remaining undefeated teams went after each other hard.

North Carolina finally earned the win when Kynlee Dextraze came up with a walk-off single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Boone forced extra innings when Musser hit a two-out two-run triple for a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning.

Boone scored twice in the first. Riley Croley led off with a single, and an out later Bacon cracked an inside-the-park homer.