PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Finishing with a bang.
The Point Pleasant softball team rallied back from an early 2-0 deficit by scoring 10 consecutive runs while picking up their fourth straight victory on Monday night during a 10-2 decision over host Parkersburg in a non-conference contest in Wood County.
The visiting Lady Knights (9-1) mustered only one hit and one baserunner in two innings at the plate, and the Big Reds (6-5) capitalized on that early momentum as the hosts got a two-RBI single from Arianna Kennedy in the second that allowed both Kelsie Goots and Kelsey Flemming to score for a 2-0 cushion after two complete.
PPHS, however, allowed only two hits and five baserunners the rest of the way while also going on an offensive onslaught — which began in the top of the third.
With two outs in the frame, Cammy Hesson and Michaela Cottrill provided back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners. Kelsie Byus followed with a single that allowed both runs to score, but Byus was thrown out at second trying stretch the single into a double.
Nonetheless, Point Pleasant had tied the game at two through three complete.
The Lady Knights started the fifth with a Lila Beattie walk, then Hannah Smith entered in for Beattie and advanced to third on a single by Peyton Jordan.
Smith later scored the eventual game-winner on a one-out error that allowed Cottrill to reach safely, then Byus lifted a sacrifice fly to center that plated Jordan for a 4-2 edge. Cottrill eventually scored on a Leah Cochran single to make it a 5-2 contest through five complete.
Jordan started the seventh with a single and later scored on a single by Cottrill for a 6-2 contest. Byus followed by grounding into a fielder’s choice that resulted in Cottrill being forced out at second, then Rachel Keaton entered as a pinch-runner for Byus.
Cochran was hit by a pitch and was substituted out for by Shala Swain, then Tanner King singled home Keaton for a 7-2 lead. A passed ball allowed Swain to score, then Victoria Allensworth — a pinch-runner for King — came plateward on a Kelsey Price single that also plated Hammond for a 10-2 edge.
PHS left runners stranded at the corners in the home half of the seventh as Point wrapped up the eight-run triumph.
PPHS outhit the hosts by a sizable 11-5 overall margin and both teams committed two errors in the contest. Each squad also stranded five runners on base.
Karson Bonecutter was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one earned run, five hits and a walk over seven innings of work. Kelsie Goots took the loss after surrendering eight earned runs, seven hits and two walks over 2.2 innings of relief while fanning one.
Cottrill, King and Jordan led Point Pleasant with two hits each, followed by Hesson, Byus, Cochran, Price and Smith with a safety apiece.
Byus and Price each knocked in two RBIs, while Cottrill, Cochran and King also drove in a run apiece. Cottrill and Jordan led the guests with two runs scored apiece.
Katie Hudkins paced PHS with two hits, followed by Goots, Kennedy and Kaci Roberts with a safety apiece. Kennedy also drove in both runs in the setback.
Point Pleasant returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Symmes Valley at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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