Rebecca (Becca) Kostival Muehlfeld Class of 1988
One of the premier pitchers in Ohio Valley softball history, Rebecca (Becca) Kostival-Muehlfeld played on four straight West Virginia State Championship teams. Becca was a three-time all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference honoree and three-time all-West Virginia selection. She was twice named the OVAC player of the year and earned the West Virginia Gatorade player of the year honoree as a senior.
In 1998, Kostival-Muehfeld capped off her brilliant high school career by pitching a perfect game against Huntington Vinson in the state championship game at the Nicholas County War Memorial Park in Summersville. The 7-0 victory concluded a perfect 26-0 record season for the then Class AA Lady Maroon Knights and was their 31st straight victory dating back to the previous year. Central’s perfect season was the first by an Ohio Valley softball team and, at the time, the second best mark by a West Virginia state champion since the tournament started in 1981. Logan recorded a 29-0 campaign in 1986 but, in 2016, the Lady Maroon Knights exceeded both those marks with a perfect 33-0 campaign.
Becca also was one of Central’s batting leaders in the final game, belting a trio of doubles that plated three runs. She went 3-0 in the 1998 state tournament, the hard-throwing senior allowed just two hits, one run and striking out 31. She had nine K’s during her perfecto against Summersville. Her combined win-loss record in high school was a sparkling 55-6, with half those defeats occurring during her sophomore year.
After pitching one season at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, Kostival-Muehlfeld transferred to Fairmont State University where she was a three-year letter-winner before graduating in 2002. Her senior season saw Becca turn in a 14-9 record with one save and a fine earned run average of 2.92. She pitched 139 innings with 16 complete games and three shutouts.