Lady Knights fend off Parkersburg, 3-2

By Bryan Walters -

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Back on the winning track.

Two day after having its 11-game winning streak snapped, the Point Pleasant softball team rebounded nicely Wednesday night following a 3-2 victory over visiting Parkersburg in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.

The Lady Knights (19-7) never trailed in the seven-inning affair, but the game was a scoreless tie after three full innings of play.

The hosts, however, broke into the scoring column with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth as Makinley Higginbotham and Karissa Cochran led the inning off with back-to-back singles. An infield error occurred during Cochran’s safety, which allowed Higginbotham to score from second for an early 1-0 advantage.

Karissa Cochran eventually ended up at third following the miscue, then Leah Cochran lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield that allowed Karissa Cochran to score for a 2-0 contest.

The score remained that way until the bottom of the sixth as Kelsie Byus delivered a one-out single, then Hannah Smith entered as a pinch-runner for Byus. Smith stole second and eventually scored on a two-out single to left-center by Kelsey Price, giving PPHS a 3-0 advantage through six complete.

Parkersburg made one last surge in the top of the seventh as Kaci Roberts led things off with a double, then advanced to third on a Bailey Hilling single.

Kelsey Flemming brought Roberts home with a one-out single for a 3-1 contest, then Lexi Summers grounded out as Hilling scored to cut the deficit down to 3-2. Nichole Hugart, however, had a 4-3 groundout in the next at-bat, allowing Point to wrap up the one-run triumph.

Both teams had five hits and an error in the contest. The Lady Knights stranded five runners on base, while the guests left four on the bags.

Karissa Cochran was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two earned runs, five hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out 10. Kelsie Groots suffered the loss after surrendering three runs (two earned), five hits and three walks over six frames while fanning three.

Higginbotham led the hosts with two hits, followed by Byus, Price and Karissa Cochran with a safety apiece. Roberts led PHS with two hits, while Hilling, Flemming and Rylee Bogess also had a safety each.

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

By Bryan Walters