POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Two bad innings can ruin an entire night.
The Point Pleasant softball team allowed non-conference guest Cabell Midland to score three runs in both the third and fifth innings, as the visiting Lady Scarlet Knights took a 6-3 victory, on Thursday evening in Mason County.
The host Lady Knights (6-4) got on the board first as sophomore designated hitter Kelsey Prince singled home courtesy runner Lila Beattie, in the bottom of the second inning.
Cabell Midland answered with one out in the top of the third, when Kathryn Kelly singled home Kirya Kingery to tie the game at one. CMHS took the lead with two outs in the third frame, as designated hitter Olivia Canterbury singled home both Kathryn Kelley and Virginia Harden.
Point Pleasant tied the game in the bottom of the third inning, as Kelsie Byus scored on a Megan Hammond sac-fly and Hannah Smith scored on a Cammy Hesson single.
The host Lady Knights had an opportunity to regain the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, as they loaded the bases with just one out. However, Cabell Midland pitcher Sydney Maynard struck out back-to-back batters to escape the inning unscathed.
With two outs in the top of the fifth frame, CMHS regained the lead as Victoria Adkins doubled home Harden. On the very next pitch, Canterbury blasted a two-run homerun over the centerfield fence, giving the guest a 6-3 advantage.
Point Pleasant had just one base runner over the final three frames and the final nine Lady Knights were retired in order, as CMHS claimed the 6-3 win.
Maynard earned the win in the circle for CMHS, pitching 4.1 innings in relief and allowing two hits and one walk. CMHS starting pitcher Tori Kelly threw 2.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks. Maynard struck out three in the game, while Kelly had one strikeout.
PPHS senior Karissa Cochran struck out five and was the losing pitcher of record, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and two walks in a complete game effort.
The Point Pleasant offense was led by freshman Tanner King, who went 2-for-3 with two singles in the setback. Leah Cochran was 1-for-4 with a double for the hosts, while Price and Hesson both singled once and drove in one run in three at-bats. Michaela Cottrill singled once for the Red, Black and White, Hammond added an RBI, while Byus, Beattie and Smith each scored once.
PPHS left 10 runners on base in the loss and committed the game’s only error.
Canterbury led the victors on offense, going 2-for-3 with a homerun, a single, four runs batted in and one run scored. Adkins was also 2-for-3 in the win, marking a double, a single, one RBI and one run scored. Harden singled once and scored twice for CMHS, Kathryn Kelly added one single, one RBI and one run scored, Kingery scored one run, while Maynard and Tori Kelly both singled once.
Cabell Midland stranded four runners on base in the win.
Point Pleasant squared off with the Lady Scarlet Knights again on Friday in the Chapmanville Tournament, and will visit Cabell Midland on April 25.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.