ONA, W.Va. — The third time wasn’t a charm, much like the previous two encounters.
The Point Pleasant softball team had its 11-game winning streak snapped Monday night following a 4-0 setback to host Cabell Midland in a non-conference contest in Cabell County.
The Lady Knights (18-7) suffered their previous two losses against the Lady Scarlet Knights, who defeated PPHS by counts of 6-3 on March 31 and again on April 1 by a 7-3 count at the Chapmanville Tournament.
The third contest was scoreless through three complete, but CMHS ended the scoring drought in the bottom of the fourth after plating a pair of runs for a 2-0 advantage.
Kathryn Kelley started that frame by reaching on a two-base error, then advanced to third on a sacrifice. Olivia Canterbury followed with a walk to put runners on the corners with one out, then Sydney Maynard lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that allowed Kelley to score for a 1-0 advantage.
Tori Kelley followed with a single that plated Canterbury, giving Cabell Midland a two-run cushion through four complete.
The hosts got a leadoff double from Bethany Koontz in the bottom of the fifth, then Kirya Kingery singled to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Kathryn Kelley followed with a double that allowed by Koontz and Kingery to score for a 4-0 advantage.
Point Pleasant had runners reach base in the first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh frames, but the guests failed to score despite having runners in scoring position in four of those five innings.
Cabell Midland outhit PPHS by a 7-5 overall margin and both teams committed an error apiece in the contest. Point Pleasant stranded six runners on base, compared to five by the hosts.
Canterbury was the winning pitcher of record after allowing three hits and fanning three over four innings of work. Karissa Cochran took the loss after surrendering four runs (two earned), seven hits and walk over six innings while striking out five.
Michaela Cottrill, Leah Cochran, Tanner King, Kelsey Price and Lila Beattie each had a hit for the Lady Knights.
Koontz paced CMHS with two hits, followed by both Kelleys, Kingery and Maddy Chapman with a safety apiece. Kathryn Kelley also drove in a team-high two RBIs for the victors.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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