Lady Knights fall in 14 at Ripley, 8-7

By Bryan Walters -

RIPLEY, W.Va. — They played two, although it only counted as one.

After a seven-all tie through seven innings of regulation, host Ripley scored in the bottom of the 14th en route to an 8-7 victory over the Point Pleasant softball team Friday night in a non-conference contest in Jackson County.

Both teams combine to leave 34 runners stranded on base, but only eight of those came after the end of the seventh frame. The visiting Lady Knights (20-8) left 18 total runners on base, while the Lady Vikings (19-11) stranded 16 on the bags.

RHS claimed early leads of 2-0 and 4-1 through the first two frames, but Point Pleasant rallied with two runs in the fifth and then took its first of two leads in the game after plating three runs in the sixth — giving PPHS a 6-4 edge midway through the sixth.

The hosts, however, answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of that frame — which tied the game at six headed into the seventh. Both teams then scored a run apiece in the seventh, which forced extra innings.

The Lady Knights mustered only eight baserunners over the next seven innings of play, with five of those opportunities squandered as they were left on base. RHS, conversely, managed only five baserunners during that same span — but the hosts made the most of their golden opportunity in the home half of the 14th frame.

Payton Dale battled through nine pitches and received a one-out walk, then advanced to third on a double by Hailey Carte — giving Ripley runners at second and third. Allie Hamilton followed with a sacrifice fly to left field that allowed Dale to stroll home with the game-winning run for an 8-7 decision.

PPHS outhit the hosts by an 18-16 overall margin and committed three of the seven errors in the contest. Ripley also had a pair of home runs in the victory from Myranda Murphy and Paige Swisher.

Dabry Peterson was the winning pitcher of record after allowing seven earned runs, 18 hits and two walks over 14 innings while striking out three. Karissa Cochran took the tough-luck loss after surrendering eight earned runs, 16 hits and three walks over 13.2 frames while fanning nine.

Karissa Cochran led the PPHS offense with five hits and Michaela Cottrill added four safeties, while Makinley Higginbotham, Leah Cochran and Cammy Hesson each had two hits. Kelsie Byus, Kelsey Price and Karson Bonecutter also had a hit apiece in the setback.

Cottrill and Byus each drove in two RBIs, with Higginbotham, Hesson and Karissa Cochran also knocking in a run apiece. Megan Hammond scored a team-high two runs, while Cottrill, Higginbotham, Price, Bonecutter and Hesson also crossing home plate once each.

Peterson led the hosts with three hits, followed by Carte, Paige Swisher, Kelsey Moore, Cassidy Young and Izabella Donohew with two safeties apiece. Murphy, Hamilton and Alyssa Bumpus also had a hit each in the triumph.

Swisher drove in a team-best three RBIs and Murphy knocked in two RBIs. Swisher, Dale and Donohew also scored two runs apiece for Ripley.

Point Pleasant opens tournament play Tuesday when it travels to Winfield for a best of three series with the Lady Generals. The contest will start at 6 p.m.

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

By Bryan Walters