<strong>By Kyle Lutz, Wheeling Newspapers<\/strong>\r\n\r\nGLEN DALE \u2014 John Marshall is heading back to Vienna and the state softball tourney.\r\nFor the second year in a row, the Monarchs claimed a West Virginia Class AAA Region 1 championship as they defeated University, 3-0, on May 16. The Monarchs will head into the state tournament with a 29-1 record and 25-game winning streak. They will play the Region 2 champion, either Hedgesville or Washington.\r\nAfter John Marshall put up 17 runs on the Hawks on Tuesday, in game 1, the Monarchs saw more of a defensive battle Wednesday.\r\nUniversity \u201chad some great defensive plays,\u201d John Marshall coach Ed West said. \u201cThey made the plays they needed to and we hit the ball hard. I thought the first four or five innings, we hit the ball as hard as we have in most games. It just so happened everything we hit was right at them or they made a good play on it. I attribute that to University for playing such good defense against us.\u201d\r\nThe Monarchs\u2019 defense played just as impressively, especially when it counted the most.\r\nThe Hawks had a player in scoring position on more than one occasion, but Carli Lightner and the Monarchs\u2019 defense didn\u2019t fold.\r\nIn the third inning, Hayden Powroznik was walked with two outs. She was able to get to third thanks to Layne Assif\u2019s single. However, the Hawks\u2019 next batter popped out to center field, and UHS and came away empty-anded.h\r\nUp 1-0 in the fifth inning, Lightner and the Monarchs were in a similar situation. Hannah Vorndran led off with a double for the Hawks. After a strikeout, Assif supplied her second hit to move her teammate to third. With two on and one out, the Hawks had their opportunity. However, the Monarchs\u2019 defense retired the next two batters.\r\n\u201cI have a lot of faith in Carli, and I have a lot of faith in my defense,\u201d West said. \u201cI kept trying to tell her, \u2018Stay ahead in the count and make them hit the ball and get on. We\u2019ll make plays.\u2019 And we did. We made a lot of good plays. We got the outs.\u201d\r\nLightner fired seven strikeouts.\r\n\u201cIt feels pretty good,\u201d Lightner said about getting out of the jams. \u201cThey were hitting the ball a lot better than they did the last time we played them. It did make me a little nervous, but I didn\u2019t panic. I didn\u2019t worry about it. I knew we were going to come through.\u201d\r\nMack Hall put the Monarchs on the board in the second inning with\u00a0an RBI single to score Maddy Mayle.\r\nThe Monarchs tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lydia Knutsen led the inning off by getting to first safely on an error. Lightner followed with a single.\r\nLauren Garcia also reached base safely on another error by the Hawks, which scored Knutsen. Abby Blake made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to center field.\r\n\u201cWe had two chances (Wednesday) to tie the game up or break a lead,\u201d University coach Mindy Parks said. \u201cAfter getting beat last night, that\u2019s the way my team\u2019s been all year \u2014 either really good or really bad. There\u2019s no in-between. I thought [Wednesday] was really good and [Tuesday] we fell apart.\r\n\u201cI think the pitching was better. [John Marshall] is a great team, and for us to hang with them and have it 1-0 until the fifth, that was my goal, and I think we met that goal. To give them a game and possibly could have won the game. It could have gone either way. I\u2019m really proud.\u201d\r\nAssif tallied two singles for the Hawks while Lindsey Vorndran also had a single.