POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Simply outmatched.
The Point Pleasant softball team dropped a 13-1 Region IV final to Lincoln County Thursday night in Mason County.
After a scoreless opening inning the Lady Panthers (27-8) broke through with an Ashley Hoffman three-run homerun. Brook West scored in the top of the third, Kayla Jeffers scored in the top of the fourth, while Sarah Barrett and Sarah Pennington both scored in the fifth to push the LCHS lead to 7-0.
Madison Barker drove in Karissa Cochran in the bottom of the fifth to give the Lady Knights (25-9) their first run but Lincoln County scored six in the top of the seventh to help seal the 13-1 victory and a spot in the state tournament.
PPHS sophomore Karissa Cochran suffered the loss after allowing a total of nine runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. Madison Barker allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits in 2.1 innings. Cochran struck out four, while Barker struck out one. The winning pitcher of record was Brooke West, who struck out nine and allowed one run on three hits in seven innings.
Barker led the Lady Knights offense with an RBI double, while Cami Hesson and Rebekah Darst each had one hit and Cochran scored the only run.
Faith Huffman led LCHS with three hits, followed by Ashley Hoffman and Kayla Jeffers with two hits each. Jeffers scored three times, West and Barrett each scored twice, while Hoffman drove in a game-high four runs. Barrett and Huffman both had two RBIs, while West and Pennington each stole a base.
Point Pleasant had won three straight games and six of the last seven. Lincoln County has now won 11 games in a row and have allowed one run or less in eight of the games. The Lady Panthers will face Musselman, Wednesday in the WVSSAC Class AAA state tournament. This marks the final game for PPHS seniors Payton Fetty, Elizabeth Bateman and Rebekah Darst.