POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — So much for a proper sendoff.
Visiting Buffalo spoiled senior night festivities while salvaging a season split with the Point Pleasant softball team Friday night following a 7-2 decision in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The host Lady Knights (19-7) honored seniors Elizabeth Bateman, Rebekah Darst and Payton Fetty for their collective years of service with the program, but the Lady Bison (21-5) quickly ruined the party after plating three runs in the top of the first for a lead that they would never relinquish.
Karissa Cochran whittled the PPHS deficit down to a run with a two-out, two-run blast in the bottom of the first for a 3-2 contest, but the hosts were never closer the rest of the way.
Buffalo — which dropped a 5-4 home decision back on April 5 — tacked on two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to wrap up the five-run triumph. The Lady Knights also had their eight-game winning streak come to an end.
BHS outhit Point Pleasant by a 9-6 overall margin and played an error-free contest, compared to three errors committed by the Lady Knights. The guests left eight runners on base and PPHS stranded five on the bags.
Chelsey Perkins was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one walk and striking out six over seven innings in the circle. Cochran suffered the setback after surrendering three runs (one earned), three hits and three walks over two frames while fanning one.
Makinley Higginbotham led Point Pleasant with two hits, followed by Cochran, Bateman, Megan Hamond and Michaela Cottrill with a safety apiece. Fetty also scored once in the setback.
Katie Higginbotham paced BHS with three hits and two runs scored, while Noel Dingess added two safeties. Chelsey Perkins, Ali Burdette, Katie Allen and Taylor Briscoe also had a hit apiece for the victors.