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Upstart Versailles stuns WL-Salem in sectional final

BROOKVILLE — West Liberty-Salem’s softball team was hoping this season would end with another trip to Firestone Stadium in Akron, the site of the state Final Four.


ABOVE: The disappointment of West Liberty-Salem’s softball players was obvious following Monday’s upset loss against Versailles. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: West Liberty-Salem’s Courtney Milliron tags a Versailles player at third base during Monday’s Division III sectional final at Good Samaritan Field in Brookville. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MATT HAMMOND)

Instead, its sparkling campaign came to a screeching halt Monday in the Division III sectional final at Good Samaritan Field in Brookville.

Upstart Versailles, which went just 9-16 during the regular season and was seeded 11th in the 14-team sectional field, shocked top-seeded WL-Salem 7-1.

It marks the first time since 2003 that WL-Salem will not make it out of the sectional tournament. WL-Salem advanced to the state tourney the last two years and three of the last four.

“We let them get their foot in the door with a couple of errors and they got confidence,” said WL-Salem head coach Lanay Cordell. “They took the momentum and we could not regain it.”

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