[gallery type="slideshow" ids="95085,95088,95084,95082,95078,95083"]\r\n\r\nMORGANTOWN \u2014 Mental mistakes and defensive miscues by the Morgantown High softball team were the main reason Friday night\u2019s win-or-go-home sectional championship against Buckhannon-Upshur was even necessary. It also may have served as a wake-up call for the Mohigans.\r\n\r\nThe Mohigans exploded with 10 runs in the bottom of the third \u2014 though it was interrupted with an hour-long lightning delay \u2014 and mercy ruled B-U 12-3 after five innings, claiming their first sectional title since 2017.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe were better defensively, more confident and better with pitch selection tonight,\u201d MHS coach Lorri Lipscomb said. \u201cWe were the team that I know that we are. Sometimes you just need a loss like last night to make you realize you do have to come in ready to play.\u201d\r\n\r\nBrianna McKenzie, one of two seniors for the Mohigans, did not start Thursday against B-U after taking a ball off her left wrist Tuesday against University. She did pinch hit for the final out of the loss, but was back in her cleanup spot Friday.\r\n\r\nMcKenzie drove in Morgantown's first two runs of the game in the second inning and her third inning drive scored two more, putting the Mohigans up the necessary eight runs for the mercy rule finish.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis is an amazing feeling and I\u2019m really proud of all the girls on this team,\u201d she said. \u201cI don\u2019t know where I would be without them.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe win advances Morgantown to the regional championship series, where it will face the winner of Region I, Section 1 between Wheeling Park, John Marshall and Brooke.\r\n\r\nThe series, which begins May 14, is best-of-3.\r\n\r\nPerhaps the hero for the Mohigans was pitcher Gracie Haines, who battled through the poor weather conditions to toss all five innings. She allowed three runs in the third inning, struggling to grip the ball in a steady rain.\r\n\r\nAfter the delay, Haines went back out for the fourth and didn\u2019t have good command, walking the first two batters. Then she fought back to keep the Buccaneers off the scoreboard.\r\n\r\n\u201cShe\u2019s just a competitor,\u201d Lipscomb said. \u201cShe\u2019s just got that mentality and she throws hard. She has what it takes to get the job done. When you tell her what she needs to do, she\u2019ll get it done.\u201d\r\n\r\nHaines allowed just two hits and struck out four in her five innings.\r\n\r\nHaines, McKenzie and Breonna McKenzie each had two RBIs to lead the Mohigans. Ava Anderson, Brooke Pyles and Lilly Kooser each scored two runs.\r\n\r\nAfter coach Levi Bender praised his team\u2019s defense Thursday, B-U committed six errors Friday. None of Morgantown's 12 runs were earned.