Lady Knights sweep Grafton in DH

Bryan Walters

May 5, 2014

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A quick wrapup.

The Point Pleasant softball team needed just eight innings to secure a pair of wins in its final regular season contests of the season Saturday following victories of 8-0 and 10-0 over visiting Grafton during a non-conference doubleheader in Mason County.

The host Lady Knights (21-7) pounded out 15 hits combined in the two games while surrendering just one safety to the Lady Bearcats (10-14) over eight innings of play. GHS produced its lone hit after Cox led off the opening game with a double.

PPHS outhit the guests by an 8-1 overall margin in Game 1 and committed only one of the three errors of the contest. Point stranded three runners on base, while Grafton left two on the bags over five innings of play.

The Lady Knights scored five runs in the second and added three more in the fourth to secure an 8-0 cushion, then Lady Bearcats went down in order in the fifth to wrap up the mercy-rule decision.

Karissa Cochran was the winning pitcher in Game 1 after allowing zero walks and striking out nine over five innings in the circle. Grossman suffered the setback after surrendering six earned runs and two walks over four frames while fanning zero.

Cami Hesson and Michaela Cottrill led the hosts with two hits apiece, followed by Cochran, Payton Fetty, Makinley Higginbotham and Karson Bonecutter with a safety apiece.

Hesson, Higginbotham and Cochran each drove in two RBIs, while Bonecutter and Cottrill paced the hosts with two runs apiece.

Point Pleasant started Game 2 by sending 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, which resulted in eight runs on six hits, a walk and two hit batters. The hosts also scored twice in the second on a hit, a walk and an error — making it 10-0 through two complete.

GHS went down in order in the third, wrapping up the no-hitter and the mercy-rule decision. PPHS outhit the guests by a 7-0 count and went without an error in the night cap. Point left four on base and Grafton stranded one baserunner.

Madison Barker went two innings and struck out six while walking one for the victory. Chocky suffered the loss after allowing eight earned runs and two walks over two frames while fanning two.

Fetty led the Lady Knights with two hits, followed by Hesson, Higginbotham, Barker, Cottrill and Rebekah Darst with a safety apiece. Fetty and Cottrill each drove in two runs, while Barker scored a team-best two runs in the finale.

Point Pleasant — which has now won two straight and 10 of 11 overall — begins Class AAA tournament play at 6 p.m. Tuesday night when it takes on host Winfield.