WINFIELD, W.Va. — Simply put, Winfield made the most of limited opportunities.
Madison Wall drove in Abbie Short with a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning, ultimately allowing host Winfield to claim a 1-0 decision over the Point Pleasant softball team Monday night during a non-conference matchup in Putnam County.
The Lady Knights (4-3) were outhit by a 5-2 overall margin, but the guests managed baserunners in five of their seven innings at the plate — with all of those chances coming up empty.
The Lady Generals (5-3), conversely, had runners in scoring position during the first and fourth frames before ultimately breaking through in the sixth.
After striking out the side in order during the bottom of the fifth, PPHS starter Karissa Cochran surrendered a leadoff double to Short on a 1-2 offering. Cochran followed with a strikeout, then Emily Moore grounded out to advance Short to third base.
Wall followed with a single to shallow center, which allowed Short to cross home plate with the eventual game-winning run.
Point Pleasant got the tying run on base as Michaela Cottrill led the seventh off by reaching on error, but a sacrifice and consecutive ground outs eventually left Cottrill stranded at third base.
PPHS — which left seven runners on the bags, compared to four by WHS — also let a golden opportunity get away in the fifth after loading the bases with nobody out.
Cottrill and Kelsey Price produced back-to-back singles, then Tanner King reached safely on a fielder’s choice as the top of the order approached.
The next three at-bats went down as a strikeout, pop-out to third base and a flyout to centerfield — squashing the PPHS rally bid.
Cochran was hit by a pitch in the first inning and reached safely on an error in the fourth. Megan Hammond received a one-out walk in the second as well. Winfield committed the only two errors in the contest.
Cartney Schoolcraft was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out six. Cochran took the tough-luck loss after allowing one earned run and five hits over six frames while fanning 11.
Cottrill and Price had the lone safeties for the Lady Knights, who have now dropped two straight decisions.
Short had three hits while also scoring Winfield’s lone run. Wall and Emily Moore also had a safety apiece in the victory.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.