Lady Knights advance to regionals


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



The Point Pleasant softball team celebrates after winning the Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship Friday evening with a 3-2 triumph over Winfield in Winfield, W.Va.


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Point Pleasant senior Karissa Cochran delivers a pitch during Friday night’s Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship game against Winfield in Winfield, W.Va.


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Point Pleasant sophomore Kelsie Byus delivers an RBI-single in the top of the fifth inning during Friday night’s Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship game against Winfield in Winfield, W.Va.


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Point Pleasant freshman Hannah Smith adjusts her helmet after safely reaching third base in the fifth inning of Friday night’s Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship game against Winfield in Winfield, W.Va.


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The Point Pleasant softball team does a group ‘dab’ just moments after winning the Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship Friday evening with a 3-2 triumph over Winfield in Winfield, W.Va.


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WINFIELD, W.Va. — Both Winfield and Point Pleasant are headed home after Friday night’s pivotal Game 3 outcome.

The only difference, however, is that the Lady Knights have another game to play.

The Point Pleasant softball team advanced to its 11th consecutive regional tournament following a thrilling 3-2 victory over host Winfield in a Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 best-of-three series in Putnam County.

The Lady Knights (22-9) — who lost the opening game in the series — completed their epic comeback effort by scoring their fourth one-run victory over the Lady Generals (18-14) in five contests this spring, including their second straight night with a 3-2 triumph.

PPHS never trailed in the contest as the guests plated two runs in the fourth, then added a key insurance run in the fifth thanks to a two-out RBI single by Kelsie Byus for a 3-0 advantage.

Winfield rallied with a run in the fifth to close to within two, then mustered only one run in the bottom of the seventh despite having the bases loaded with only one away.

The Lady Knights return to action at 6 p.m. Thursday when they likely host Logan in a Region 4 semifinal contest at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School.

Complete details of the Lady Knights’ latest sectional championship will be available in the Tuesday sports editions of the Point Pleasant Register, Gallipolis Daily Tribune and The Daily Sentinel.

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

The Point Pleasant softball team celebrates after winning the Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship Friday evening with a 3-2 triumph over Winfield in Winfield, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_PP-Celebrate.jpgThe Point Pleasant softball team celebrates after winning the Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship Friday evening with a 3-2 triumph over Winfield in Winfield, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

Point Pleasant senior Karissa Cochran delivers a pitch during Friday night’s Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship game against Winfield in Winfield, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_PP-KCochran.jpgPoint Pleasant senior Karissa Cochran delivers a pitch during Friday night’s Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship game against Winfield in Winfield, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

Point Pleasant sophomore Kelsie Byus delivers an RBI-single in the top of the fifth inning during Friday night’s Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship game against Winfield in Winfield, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_PP-Byus.jpgPoint Pleasant sophomore Kelsie Byus delivers an RBI-single in the top of the fifth inning during Friday night’s Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship game against Winfield in Winfield, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

Point Pleasant freshman Hannah Smith adjusts her helmet after safely reaching third base in the fifth inning of Friday night’s Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship game against Winfield in Winfield, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_PP-HSmith.jpgPoint Pleasant freshman Hannah Smith adjusts her helmet after safely reaching third base in the fifth inning of Friday night’s Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship game against Winfield in Winfield, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

The Point Pleasant softball team does a group ‘dab’ just moments after winning the Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship Friday evening with a 3-2 triumph over Winfield in Winfield, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_PP-Dab.jpgThe Point Pleasant softball team does a group ‘dab’ just moments after winning the Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 championship Friday evening with a 3-2 triumph over Winfield in Winfield, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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