POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The Lady Kinghts dug a hole … and eventually couldn’t get out.
Visiting Huntington scored five runs in the top of the first and ultimately held on for an 11-2 decision over the Point Pleasant softball team Saturday in a non-conference contest in Mason County.
The host Lady Knights (4-2) had their four-game winning streak come to an end as the Lady Highlanders (5-2) claimed a sizable 14-5 advantage in hits en route to the five-inning mercy-rule decision.
HHS led 7-0 after an inning and a half of play, but Point Pleasant came up with its only offensive output in the bottom of the second.
Michaela Cottrill started things with a leadoff single, then advanced to third on a pair of groundouts. Kelsey Price singled Cottrill home for a 7-1 contest, then Rachael Grimm reached safely on an error to put runners on the corners.
Cammy Hesson delivered a single to left-center field that allowed Price to score, making it a 7-2 contest after two complete. The hosts mustered only three baserunners over the final three innings of play.
Huntington tacked on four more scores in the top of the fifth to make it an 11-2 contest, then thwarted a late rally bid as Point Pleasant left runners stranded at first and second when Karissa Cochran lined out to shortstop for the final out of the contest.
Cochran took the loss for PPHS after surrendering seven runs (five earned) and eight hits over two innings while striking out three. Karson Bonecutter also allowed four earned runs, six hits and two walks over three innings of relief while fanning two.
Madi Howell went the distance for Huntington, allowing two runs (one earned), five hits and a walk over five innings while striking out one.
Hesson, Cottrill, Price, Kelsey Byus and Makinley Higginbotham each had a hit for the hosts, who committed two of the three errors in the contest. PPHS stranded five runners on base, while the guests left four on the bags.
Sydney Sipple led HHS with three hits, followed by Howell, Erika Williams, Kyra Jones, Jade Fleeman and Chasidi Roe with two safeties apiece. Camryn Michallis also had a hit in the victory.
Sipple and Jones both paced the Lady Highlanders with three RBIs apiece, while Williams scored a team-best two runs. Jones also blasted a two-run homer to centerfield in the top of the first for a 3-0 contest.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.