Lady Knights win 2-of-3 at Chapmanville


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Point Pleasant senior Megan Hammond (23) belts out a hit during a March 24 softball contest against Wahama in Hartford, W.Va.


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CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Two out of three weren’t bad.

The Point Pleasant softball team posted a 2-1 mark this past weekend at the 2016 Chapmanville Regional softball tournament held Friday and Saturday in Logan County.

The Lady Knights (8-6) dropped their second consecutive decision to Cabell Midland in as many nights after falling 7-3 in the Friday opener, but PPHS responded nicely on Saturday by claiming a three-inning 11-1 decision over Westside before posting a 6-4 victory over host Chapmanville in the Saturday night finale.

Point Pleasant received back-to-back RBI groundouts by Karissa Cochran and Leah Cochran in the top of the 10th inning that allowed Michaela Cottrill and Makinley Higginbotham to score, breaking a four-all tie with Chapmanville.

PPHS led 4-0 in the first inning, but the Lady Tigers rallied with a run in the fourth and three more scores in the fifth to knot things up through five complete.

Chapmanville outhit the Lady Knights by an 11-7 overall margin and committed three of the seven errors in the contest. CHS stranded a dozen runners on base, while Point left only five on the bags.

Karissa Cochran was the winning pitcher of record against Chapmanville after allowing four earned runs, 11 hits and a walk over 10 frames while fanning 15. Mackenie McCann took the loss after surrendering six runs (four earned), seven hits and two walks over 10 innings while striking out nine.

Cottrill led PPHS with two hits, followed by Higginbotham, Karissa Cochran, Kelsie Byus, Megan Hammond and Kelsey Price with a safety apiece. Both Cochrans, Byus and Hammond each drove in an RBI, while Higginbotham scored a team-best two runs.

The Lady Knights led 2-1 after an inning and a half of play against Westside, but Point countered by sending a dozen batters to the plate in the bottom of the second. The end result was eight runs on seven hits and a walk, allowing the hosts to secure a 10-1 edge through two complete.

PPHS received an RBI single from Tanner King in the bottom of the third, which plated Hannah Smith the final run in the mercy-rule triumph.

The Lady Knights outhit WHS by a 13-2 overall margin and left three runners stranded on base, compared to only one by the guests. Neither team committed an error in the contest.

Karson Bonecutter was the winning pitcher after allowing one earned run and two hits over three innings while striking out four.

Smith, Cammy Hesson, Leah Cochran and Lila Beattie all had two hits apiece in the victory, followed by King, Byus, Hammond, Higginbotham and Jocelynn Wilson with a safety apiece.

Beattie — who hit a two-run homer to left-center in the second inning — paced Point Pleasant with four RBIs, while Leah Cochran drove in three runs. Hesson, Hammond and Smith each scored twice against Westside.

Cabell Midland scored three runs in each of the first two frames for a 6-0 edge through two complete, but PPHS answered with three runs in the top of the third to cut the deficit in half. CMHS, however, tacked on an insurance run in the sixth to wrap up Friday night’s four-run outcome.

Cabell Midland — which defeated host Point Pleasant 6-3 on Thursday night — outhit the guests by a 12-9 overall margin and committed none of the three errors in the contest. PPHS stranded eight runners on base, while the Lady Scarlet Knights left seven on the bags.

Sydney Maynard was the winning pitcher after allowing three earned runs, nine hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out four. Karissa Cochran took the loss after surrendering seven runs (four earned), 12 hits and no walks over six frames while fanning three.

Hesson and Karissa Cochran led Point with two hits apiece, followed by Cottrill, Higginbotham, Hammond, King and Leah Cochran with a safety apiece.

Leah Cochran had a team-high two RBIs thanks to a two-run homer to left-center in the second, while Higginbotham added a solo shot to center in the second for the other RBI. Rachael Grimm also scored a run in the setback.

Kirya Kingery and Kathryn Kelley both paced CMHS with three hits apiece, followed by Maynard and Olivia Caterbury with two safeties each. Kelley and Canterbury both drove in two runs, while Kingery crossed home plate three times.

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

Point Pleasant senior Megan Hammond (23) belts out a hit during a March 24 softball contest against Wahama in Hartford, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.5-PP-Hammond.jpgPoint Pleasant senior Megan Hammond (23) belts out a hit during a March 24 softball contest against Wahama in Hartford, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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