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Parkersburg South’s Becca Beatty warms up in the on-deck circle during a high school softball game against Williamstown Thursday at Godbey Field. South won, 16-0. (Photo by Kerry Patrick)

PARKERSBURG — Becca Beatty’s breakout inning featured both speed and power as the Parkersburg South center fielder not only hit home runs in her first two at bats this season, but also in the same inning.

Behind Beatty’s four RBI day, and another solo homer from Kassidy Trimble, the Patriots handled Williamstown 16-0 in three innings as both teams opened the regular season Thursday at Godbey Field.

After South freshman Lexi Dellinger struck out two while retiring Williamstown in order in the top of the first inning, Beatty as the Patriot leadoff hitter stepped to the plate in South’s half of the inning and on a 1-2 pitch golfed an offering from Yellowjacket pitcher Lindsey Keller over the left field fence.

During a scrimmage the previous day, South coach Tim Burch mentioned Beatty opened South’s first inning in similar fashion.

South tacked on another six runs on just one hit when the order turned over with two outs. This time, Beatty went the opposite way to right field. The ball sliced ​​away from the fielder and rolled nearly all the way to the fence and Beatty sprinted around the bases and scored standing up for the inside-the-park homer.

“Actually, I have hit two home runs in an inning before,” Beatty said.

“I did it for my 14-U, but it means more doing at South because last year I went through a slump. Hitting those two home runs is a great start for me.

“On the first home run, I was just looking for a line drive. On the second homer, the girl was playing right center. So when I hit, it got right past her.”

South’s power surge continued in the bottom of the second inning as Trimble led off and socked a pitch to straightaway center field and over the fence for the Patriots’ third homer of the game. Katelyn Jones provided South with its seventh and final hit of the game with a two-run double as part of a five-run third inning.

The mercy rule came into effect with no one out.

“In practice, you see that stuff from our offense but you don’t know how it is going to carry over to a game,” said Burch, who started three freshmen and only two seniors. “Yesterday, the first pitch to Becca and it was gone. We have hitters up and down the lineup and deep even on our bench.

The only blemish against Dillinger, who was making her high school debut on the mound was a lead-off single by Williamstown junior Maggie Siley in the top of the third inning. Otherwise, Dillinger finished with four strikeouts and no walks in three innings of work.

“I was so proud of Lexi,” Beatty said. “She did so good.”

Keller pitched two-plus innings for the Yellowjackets, yielding 15 runs on five hits. Williamstown reliever Lexi Sivard allowed hits to the only two batters she faced.

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