CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Two out of three ain’t bad.
The Point Pleasant softball team competed in Chapmanville’s tournament on Friday and Saturday and the Lady Knights earned a 7-5 triumph over Scott on Friday and a 5-4 victory over Buffaloon Saturday, while falling 6-0 to Sissonville on Saturday.
In Friday night’s game the Lady Knights (5-3), scored first when Payton Fetty doubled to open the game and then scored on Makinley Higginbotham’s double. Higginbotham advanced to third base on Karissa Cochran’s single and then scored on a passed ball to put PPHS ahead 2-0 through one inning.
It took until the bottom of the fifth inning but Scott (6-3) finally answered with a pair of runs in to tie the game at 2-2. The game wasn’t tied for long, as Point Pleasant sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth inning and pushed across five runs. The Lady Skyhawks pulled within two runs on a three-run homerun by Samantha Duffy in the bottom of the seventh, but the Lady Knights held on for the 7-5 victory.
Madison Barker earned the pitching victory after throwing 2.2 innings in relief and surrendering three runs on four hits and three walks. PPHS starter Karissa Cochran threw 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. Cochran struck out six Lady Skyhawks, while Barker fanned five.
Ally Brown was the losing pitcher of record for SHS and she allowed by seven runs on 10 hits and one walk, while striking out six in six innings. Kailia Craddock struck out one in one inning of relief work for Scott.
Cochran led the Lady Knights with three hits, followed by Rebekah Darst and Karson Bonecutter with two each. Higginbotham, Payton Fetty and Megan Hammond each had one hit, while Cochran had the lone stolen base.
Higginbotham scored two runs to lead PPHS, followed by Fetty, Darst, Hammond, Cami Hesson and Elizabeth Bateman with one run each. Darst had a team-high two runs batted in, while Higginbotham, Cochran and Bonecutter each added one RBI.
Scott’s offense was led by Kailia Craddock and Ally Brown with two hits apiece, followed by Sydney Dangott, Samantha Duffey and Chasity Ball with one hit each. Duffey had three runs batted in and a run scored, while Craddock scored twice and Brown crossed the plate once.
This is the lone scheduled meeting between PPHS and Scott this season.
Saturday’s first game against Sissonville (7-1) started slow, but Sissonville broke trow in the fourth with three runs to crack the scoreless tie. The Lady Indians marked two more scores in the fifth frame and one in the sixth to help seal the 6-0 victory.
Alexee Haynes earned the win, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing just two hits, while striking out four.
The loss was credited to Barker, who gave up six runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. Cochran threw one inning and allowed a hit and a walk. Barker struck out seven, while Cochran fanned one.
The PPHS offense was led by Higginbotham and Cochran with a hit each.
The SHS offense was led by Katelyn Linville with two hits, followed by Reagan Johnson, Alexee Haynes, Taylor Legg, Abbey Jordan and Olivia Montgomery with one hit each. Linville scored twice, while Johnson, Haynes, Jordan and Makenzi Whittington each crossed the plate once. Legg and Montgomery each had one RBI in the win.
PPHS defeated Sissonville by a count of 8-4 on March 27 in Mason County and these teams will meet in Sissonville for the rubber match on April 14.
The Lady Knight’s third game of the weekend began with the Buffalo scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Makinley Higginbotham trimmed the Lady Bison’s lead to one with a solo homerun in the bottom of the first. BHS added a run in the fourth and a run in the sixth to push its advantage to 4-1.
A bases loaded double by Cochran in the bottom of the sixth drove home Fetty and Darst and cut the BHS lead to 4-3. Cochran and Higginbotham scored on Hammond’s double to give PPHS its first lead of the game at 5-4. The Lady Bison failed to answer and PPHS capped off the weekend with a 5-4 victory over Buffalo.
Barker earned the pitching victory after throwing three relief innings and allowing just one run on one hit and one walk. Cochran was the PPHS starter and she threw four innings and surrendered three runs on three hits with a walk. Cochran struck out five batters, while Barker struck out two.
Ali Burdette suffered the loss after allowing five runs on five hits and two walks in six innings, while striking out nine.
Higginbotham’s homerun led PPHS, while Hammond, Darst, Barker and Cochran each had a double. Cochran and Hammond each had two runs batted in, while Higginbotham drove in one. Higginbotham scored twice, while Fetty, Darst and Cochran each crossed the plate once.
The Buffalo offense was led by Chelsey Perkins with two hits, followed by Katie Higginbotham and Ali Burdette with one each. Burdette scored twice, while Perkins and Noel Dingess each scored once. Burdette and Dingess each had one RBI. Burdette had the game’s only stolen base.
This marks the lone matchup between PPHS and BHS this season.