Lady Knights sweep Logan, 4-3

By Bryan Walters -

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — More of the same.

After traveling to Logan for a 1-0 victory just 24 hours earlier, the Point Pleasant softball team pulled out another one-run thriller Friday night following a 4-3 decision over the Lady Wildcats in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.

The Lady Knights (16-6) picked up their ninth straight win and a season sweep of Logan, but this time the hosts need some late heroics to pull of the feat after falling behind 3-0 after five innings of play.

Makinley Higginbotham started the rally in the bottom of the sixth after reaching safely on a one-out error, then Leah Cochran followed with a two-out double to right-center that allowed Higginbotham to score for a 3-1 contest through six complete.

With the score still the same headed into the bottom of the seventh, Tanner King started things with a leadoff double. Lila Beattie then entered as a courtesy runner for King and advanced to third on a single by Megan Hammond.

Kelsey Price followed with a single that allowed Beattie to score for a 3-2 contest as Hammond advanced to third. Karson Bonecutter then entered as a pinch-runner for Price, leaving runners at the corners with nobody out.

Nine-hole hitter Cammy Hesson came up with an infield single that allowed Hammond to tie the game at three as Bonecutter advanced to second, then Michaela Cottrill laid down a sacrifice bunt that allowed Bonecutter and Hesson to both move up one base.

Higginbotham drew a five-pitch walk that loaded the bases, then Karissa Cochran completed the rally with a single up the middle that plated Bonecutter for the thrilling 4-3 walk-off win.

Logan (13-12) scored twice in the second inning and added another run in the top of the fourth while establishing its early 3-0 advantage.

PPHS outhit the guests by a 9-6 overall margin and both teams committed one error apiece in the contest. The Lady Knights stranded seven runners on base, while LHS left five on the bags.

Karissa Cochran was the winning pitcher of record after allowing three earned runs, six hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out six. Hana Sedlock suffered the loss after surrendering two earned runs, four hits and a walk over one-third of an inning of relief.

Leah Cochran led the hosts with two hits, followed by Cottrill, Higginbotham, King, Hammond, Price, Hesson, Karissa Cochran and Kelsie Byus with a safety apiece.

Sedlock led LHS with two hits, while Stephanie Curry, Chelsea Napier, Mahogani Patton and Hannah Vance also had a safety each in the setback.

Curry — who allowed only one earned run and five hits over six innings in the circle — paced the guests with two RBIs, while Vance also drove in a run. Sedlock, Napier and Patton also scored a run each for Logan.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters