POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — No lack of offense for the Lady Knights.
The Point Pleasant softball team scored 10 runs in their first game Tuesday night and then posted nine in the second tilt, as the Lady Knights rolled past Wahama and Poca at PPHS.
The visiting Lady Falcons (1-7) marked first when senior Bailey Hicks scored on a passed ball in the top of the opening inning. PPHS (7-3) senior Payton Fetty was safe at first base on an error to open the bottom of the inning and advanced to third base on a steal and a passed ball. Fetty scored on a single by Makinley Higginbotham, who then scored on a Karissa Cochran single, putting Point Pleasant on top 2-1 through one inning.
After sitting the guests down in order PPHS added on to their lead in the home half of the second frame when Cami Hesson doubled home Elizabeth Bateman. The Lady Knights broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth with six runs in the inning, highlighted by two-run singles by Fetty and Madison Barker, as well as a two-run double by Cochran.
Cynthia Hendrick scored for the Lady Falcons on a passed ball in the top of the fifth but Higginbotham singled home Hesson in the bottom of the inning to force the 10-2 mercy rule victory.
Madison Barker earned the victory in the circle for PPHS after allowing just two unearned runs on one hit in five innings, while striking out 12.
Shalyn Greer was the losing pitcher of record after allowing seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and two walks in 3.1 innings of work. Taylor McGrew threw one inning in relief and surrendered three runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk, while striking out one.
The Point Pleasant offensive attack was led by Higginbotham, Hesson and Cochran with two hits each, followed by Fetty, Barker, Megan Hammond and Bateman with one hit apiece. Cochran had a game-high three runs batted in, followed by Fetty, Higginbotham and Barker with two each. Hesson had one RBI in the win, while Fetty led the way with two stolen bases. Barker and Bateman each stole one base against Wahama. Fetty, Higginbotham, Bateman and Hesson all crossed the plate twice, while Rebekah Darst and Cochran scored one run apiece.
Wahama’s lone hit came off the bat of Sierra Carmichael in the first at bat of the game, while Bailey Hicks and Cynthia Hendrick scored for WHS.
Wahama will host the Lady Knights in a rematch on April 22.
The second game of the evening opened with Poca’s Casey Skeens reaching on an error, stealing second and third and finally scoring on Sarah Fisher’s one-out double.
The Lady Dots (5-7) held the lead until the bottom of the second when Point Pleasant senior Rebekah Darst drove in Cami Hesson and Elizabeth Bateman, giving the Lady Knights a 2-1 edge.
Karissa Cochran doubled to open the bottom of the third and was later driven in by Megan Hammond. Payton Fetty was plated by Makinley Higginbotham in the fourth, while Hesson and Michaela Cottrill were driven in by Bateman and Fetty respectively in the fifth frame.
Higginbotham hammered a solo homerun to open the Lady Knight’s sixth inning, while Cochran and Madison Barker were driven in by Hammond to secure the 9-1 mercy rule triumph.
Cochran earned the pitching victory, giving up just one unearned run on one hit and a walk in six innings. Cochran struck out eight Lady Dots in the win.
Jasmine Luikart was the losing pitcher of record after allowing nine runs, four earned, on 11 hits and a walk in five innings. Luikart struck out two and did pitch in the sixth inning without retiring a batter.
Higginbotham, Bateman and Cochran paced the Lady Knights with two hits each, while Fetty, Barker, Hammond, Hesson and Cottrill each had one hit. Hammond marked a game-best three runs batted in, Darst and Higginbotham both plated two runs, while Fetty and Bateman added an RBI apiece. Cochran and Hesson each scored twice, Fetty, Higginbotham, Barker, Cottrill and Bateman each crossed the plate one, while Bateman had the lone steal for PPHS.
The only hit for the Putnam County natives was the Sarah Fisher RBI double in the opening inning, while Casey Skeens scored the lone PHS run. Skeens’ two stolen bases were Poca’s only steals.
PPHS will look to sweep the Lady Dots on April 21, in Poca.