SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — It’s not how you start something, but rather how you finish it.
The Point Pleasant softball team rallied from an early 1-0 deficit and claimed a convincing 10-2 victory over host Sissonville Monday night during a non-conference matchup in Kanawha County.
The Lady Knights (10-5) found themselves in a 1-0 hole after an inning of play, but the guests rallied with a run in the top of the second to knot things up at one. A leadoff error allowed Madison Barker to reach second, then a ground out and a passed ball allowed her to score to even things up.
PPHS found its offensive rhythm in the fourth after plating five runs on four hits and two errors, making it a 6-1 contest through four complete. SHS (9-4) answered with a run in the fifth to close to within 6-2, but ultimately never came closer the rest of the way.
Point Pleasant added four runs on four hits and two errors in the sixth to secure a 10-2 edge, which ultimately ended up being the final margin of victory.
The Lady Knights outhit the hosts by a 10-7 overall margin and committed only one of the six errors in the contest. PPHS left eight runners on base, while Sissonville stranded six on the bags.
Karissa Cochran was the winning pitcher of record after allowing no walks and striking out 10 over six innings of work. Olivia Montgomery took the loss after surrendering nine runs, nine hits and one walk over 3.2 innings of relief while fanning two.
Makinley Higginbotham and Karson Bonecutter led PPHS with two hits apiece, followed by Cochran, Barker, Payton Fetty, Megan Hamond, Cami Hesson and Michaela Cottrill with one safety apiece. Cochran also hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth.
Cochran led the guests with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Higginbotham and Barker also scored twice in the win.
Katelyn Linville, Alexee Haynes and Andrea Harmon each had two hits apiece for SHS. Haynes drove in a team-best two RBIs and Linville scored twice in the setback.