POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Twice as nice.
The Point Pleasant softball team earned a pair of victories Thursday night in Mason County, defeating Winfield 3-2,then turning around to defeat Sissonville 8-4.
In the opening game of the evening PPHS (3-0) struck first when Karson Bonecutter scored on an error in the home half of the third. Later in the third inning Payton Fetty came around to score on a single by sophomore Makinley Higginbotham, putting the Lady Knights ahead 2-0.
The Lady Generals cut the lead to in half in the top of the fourth frame when Abbie Short scored on a Cartnet Schoolcraft double. WHS added the tying run in the top of the fifth when Mallory Litton walked and later scored on a wildpitch.
Fetty took a base on balls to open the home half of the fifth and then moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Higginbotham hit a single to move Fetty to third base and then Karissa Cochran drove Fetty home with a sacrifice hit to the second baseman.
The Lady Knight defense allowed just one baserunner over the final two frames and PPHS took the 3-2 victory.
Madison Barker earned the victory in relief after pitching 2.2 innings without giving up a hit or a run. Barker walked two and struckout three. Starting pitcher Karissa Cochran threw 4.1 innings and surrendered two runs, both earned on three hits and three walks. Cochran struckout eight of the 18 batters she faced.
Abbie Short was the losing pitcher of record, giving up three runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk. Short finished with four strickouts in six innings of work.
Higginbotham led the Lady Knights with two singles, followed by Barker and Cottrill with one apiece. Higginbotham and Cochran each had a run batted in, while Fetty scored two runs and Bonecutter scored once. Fetty had the Lady Knights’ lone stolen base.
Schoolcraft led the Lady Generals with a double and a RBI, while Short and Litton each had a single. Short and Litton each marked a run, while Litton had the lone WHS steal.
PPHS will face Winfield again on April 9, in Putnam County
In the night cap the Lady Knights drew first blood with a when Higginbotham drove in Fetty with a single. Barker drove in Rebekah Darst and Cochran scored after Cottrill drew a bases loaded walk, putting PPHS ahead 3-0 at the end of three innings.
Sissonville countered in the third inning when Alexee Haynes, Taylor Legg, Reagan Johnson and Abbey Jordan all scored to give the Lady Indians a 4-3 lead.
After being sent away in order in the fourth inning PPHS put together a five-run fifth frame, whith Fetty, Cottrill, Cami Hesson, Elizabeth Bateman and Megan Hammond each scoring.
Sissonville failed to answer and Point Pleasant sealed the 8-4 victory.
Cochran earned the victory in relief, pitching the final three frames and giving up just one hit. Barker was the starter and surrendered four runs, all earned, on five hits and a walk in four innings. Barker struck out six, while Cochran added two strikeouts.
Haynes was the losing pitcher of record after giving up five runs, all unearned, on four hits and a walk in the final three innings. Taylor Casto was the SHS starter and threw three inning while surrendering three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk. Haynes struckout three Lady Knigts, while Casto fanned two.
Barker marked a triple and a single for PPHS, Darst added two doubles, while Fetty finished with two singles. Higginbotham, Hesson and Hammond each had a single in the win. Fetty led the way with two runs scored, while Darst, Cochran, Hammond, Hesson, Cottrill and Bateman each scored once. Barker, Fetty, Higginbotham and Darst each had an RBI, while Fetty had the lone PPHS steal.
Promise Bragg led SHS with two hits and two RBIs, while Haynes, Legg, Johnson and Jordan each had a hit and scored a run.
The Lady Indians and Lady Knights meet twice more this season, first on April 5, in Chapmanville and on April 14, in Sissonville.