SISSONVILLE, W. Va. — Looks like the Lady Knights are back on the winning track.
In its first affair since its first defeat, the Point Pleasant High School softball squad bounced back on Wednesday at host Sissonville.
Thanks to a nine-run eruption in the fourth inning, the Lady Knights pulled away from a narrow 2-0 lead —and notched an 11-1 mercy-rule win.
The contest was called following the fourth frame with West Virginia’s 10-run mercy rule.
The Lady Knights scored single markers in their opening and third at-bats, but blew up in the top of the fourth for nine runs on seven hits and three walks.
That made it 11-0 and put the mercy rule into effect, as Sissonville scored its only point in the bottom half.
With the win, the Lady Knights raised their record to 6-1 —as they opened the season with five consecutive victories before losing to Lincoln County last Saturday.
Sissonville, with the loss, slipped to 2-6.
Tuesday’s tilt between host Point Pleasant and Winfield was cancelled due to rain and wet grounds.
Alas, the opportunity for PPHS to get back to playing — and get back to winning —was on Wednesday.
Point Pleasant posted a pair of hits apiece in the one-run first and third, as Hannah Smith smacked a double in the second.
The Lady Knights’ offensive outburst was a big boost to senior pitcher Karson Bonecutter, who pitched all four innings for the victory in the circle.
Bonecutter crafted a two-hit, no-walk, two-strikeout masterpiece, retiring the first 10 Indians she faced.
In the fourth, Keelin Hayes had a single for the Indians, advanced to third on Jenna Thomas’ double, then scored on Olivia Montgomery’s RBI-groundout.
But Bonecutter induced another groundout to end the game, stranding Thomas at third.
The Lady Knights drilled a dozen basehits and were walked seven times, as three Lady Indians split the pitching duties.
Thomas, who started and worked the first three frames, was charged with the pitching loss.
All 11 Lady Knight runs were earned, including all nine off Honesty Bragg in the fourth.
Point Pleasant did strand nine baserunners, though, as the Indians only committed one error.
Kelsie Byus led the Lady Knights by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, as her two-run double in the fourth made it 11-0.
Michaela Cottrill and Leah Cochran both went 2-for-3, as Cottrill collected a run batted in.
Cammy Hesson, who paced Point Pleasant with three runs scored, homered off Thomas in the Lady Knights’ initial at-bat.
PPHS made it 2-0 in the third —when Byus singled to lead off, and scored two batters later on a single by Tanner King.
The only other Lady Knight hit was Megan Hammond hammering a two-run double in the fourth.
Point Pleasant will travel to play in the Chapmanville Tournament today (Friday, March 31) and Saturday.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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