Lady Knights split doubleheader

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — You win some, you lose some.

The Point Pleasant softball team extended its winning streak to five, then suffered its first loss of the 2017 campaign following a 10-0 win over Nitro and a 5-4 setback to Lincoln County on Saturday during a non-conference doubleheader in Mason County.

The Lady Knights (5-1) had no trouble with the Lady Wildcats in the opener as the hosts received a no-hitter from starter Leah Cochran during the three-inning mercy rule. Cochran had five strikeouts and hit one batter against the 10 NHS hitters she faced.

Point Pleasant knocked out 10 hits and seven earned runs in its 2.2 innings at the plate, which included walk-off single by Shala Swain in the third that allowed Karson Bonecutter to score the final run. PPHS led 5-0 after one inning of play and was ahead 9-0 through two complete.

Megan Hammond, Lila Beattie and Cammy Hesson led Point with two hits apiece, followed by Cochran, Swain, Hannah Smith and Victoria Allensworth with a safety apiece.

Beattie and Cochran each knocked in two RBIs, while Hammond, Hesson, Swain and Allensworth also drove in a run apiece. Bonecutter and Hesson scored twice each in the triumph, while Smith, Beattie, Allensworth and Peyton Jordan also crossed home plate one time apiece.

Nitro committed all five errors in the contest and left only one runner — Carli Miller — on base, while the hosts stranded six on the bags. Kendra Painter took the loss for NHS after allowing seven earned runs, 10 hits and a walk over 2.2 frames while striking out one.

The finale was much more intense as the last out of the game determined the final outcome.

LCHS took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth as back-to-back hits by Courtney Roberts and Rhonda Watts allowed Chelsie Chafin and Roberts to score. Chafin also led off the inning by reaching safely on an error.

Point Pleasant, however, followed by claiming its only lead of the game in its half of the fourth. Tanner King started things with a leadoff double and later scored on a single by Hammond, making it a 2-1 contest.

Hammond advanced to second on an overthrow and stole third, then Beattie reached on a walk to put runners on the corners with one out. Both Hammond and Beattie scored on a single by Hesson, giving the hosts a 3-2 cushion through four complete.

Lincoln County tied things in the fifth as Alyssa Adkins delivered a two-out triple and later scored on a single by Chafin, making it a three-all game.

The Lady Panthers took a permanent lead in the seventh as Chafin and Roberts delivered back-to-back two-out singles, then Rhonda Watts knocked both in with a single that made it a 5-3 contest.

Jordan started the bottom of the seventh with a single, then came around to score on a two-out double by Cochran that made it a 5-4 contest. King singled in the following at-bat, but Cochran was called out at the plate on a throw by Adkins in left field that ultimately wrapped up the one-run outcome.

Lincoln County outhit the hosts by a 10-7 overall margin and also completed two of the three errors in the contest. Both teams also stranded seven runners apiece in the game.

Karson Bonecutter suffered the loss after allowing two earned runs, four hits and one walk over two innings of relief. Jordan started for PPHS and allowed four runs (three earned) and seven hits over five innings as a starter.

Roberts picked up the win after allowing four runs (three earned), seven hits and five walks over seven innings while striking out one.

Cochran and King paced Point with two safeties apiece, followed by Jordan, Hammond and Hesson with a hit each. Cochran, Hammond and Hesson also drove in a run apiece in the setback.

Chafin, Roberts and Watts each had two hits for the guests, followed by Adkins, Rachel Pennington, MacKenzie Cooper and Kagan Fry with a safety apiece. Watts also drove in a team-high three RBIs and scored twice, while Chafin also crossed home twice for the victors.

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

By Bryan Walters

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