POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Another quick night at the office.
The Point Pleasant softball team posted earned its second five-game winning streak of the season on Wednesday night following a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over visiting Sissonville in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The Lady Knights (10-1) were held scoreless in the first inning, but the hosts countered by scoring six times in the second — all with two outs — en route to a commanding six-run cushion through two complete.
PPHS followed with two runs in the third for a 9-0 edge, then completed the 10-run outcome with three consecutive singles in the fourth that resulted in the final score of the 48-minute outing.
The Lady Knights picked up a season sweep of the Lady Indians (3-8) this spring after posting an 11-1 win at SHS back on March 29.
After going an inning and a half without a run, the game appeared to be headed that way going into the third as Sissonville started the bottom of the second by recording consecutive outs.
Point Pleasant, however, received a bit of a break as Kelsey Price walked, Hannah Smith singled and Peyton Jordan walked to load the bases. Cammy Hesson followed by receiving a walk, which allowed Price to score the eventual game-winner for a 1-0 edge.
A Sissonville error allowed Smith, Jordan and Hesson to all come plateward as Michaela Cottrill safely reached base while claiming a 4-0 advantage, then Kelsie Byus reached on an error that allowed Cottrill to score for a 5-0 contest.
Leah Cochran followed with a double down the left field line that plated Byus for a six-run cushion through two complete.
Cochran again reached on an error in the third that allowed both Hesson and Cottrill to score for an 8-0 lead, then Tanner King singled home Byus for a nine-run edge through three full frames.
Isabelle King started the fourth with a pinch-hit single, then advanced to third on a Smith single that left runners at the corners with nobody out. Jordan drove the game-clinching hit to right field as King crossed home plate, wrapping up the 10-0 outcome in four innings.
PPHS outhit the Lady Indians by an 8-5 overall margin and committed only one of the four errors in the contest. The hosts stranded eight runners on base while SHS left six on the bags.
Jordan was the winning pitcher of record after allowing zero runs, five hits and no walks over four innings while striking out three. Jenna Thomas suffered the loss after surrendering 10 runs (two earned), eight hits and five walks over three-plus frames.
Smith led Point with three hits, followed by Byus, Cochran, Jordan, Isabelle King and Tanner King with a safety apiece. Hesson, Cottrill and Byus each scored two runs, while Hesson, Cochran, Jordan and Tanner King drove in a run apiece.
Thomas, Taylor Long, Alexis Bailey, Honesty Bragg and Morgan Jennings had a hit apiece in the setback.
Point Pleasant’s game with Independence on Thursday has been postponed due to weather concerns, so the Lady Knights are scheduled to return to action Friday at Lincoln County.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.