POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Starting the season off in style.
It didn’t take long for the Point Pleasant softball team to earn its first win of the season, as the Lady Knights defeated visiting Poca 12-1 in four innings Friday night in Mason County.
After a scoreless opening stanza the the Lady Dots (0-1) got on the scoreboard with a Natalie Parkins RBI single that drove in Rachael Yates. PPHS got its offense going in the the bottom half of the second after Josie Fisher drove in Kaci Riffle with an RBI single. Riffle came around to score to give the Lady Knights the lead.
After shutting the guests out in the top of the third inning Point Pleasant looked to add on to its lead in the bottom half. Three consecutive two-out hits by Riffle, Fisher and Kristen Riegel added one more to the PPHS lead, making it 3-1.
Poca advanced the a runner to third in the top of the fourth but failed to score and the Lady Knights went to work in the bottom half. Eight hits led to nine runs and the mercy rule victory for the Lady Knights.
Madison Barker earned the victory for Point Pleasant after giving up two hits and one run in four innings of work. Barker struck out eight batters, walked three and hit one.
Kendal Sayre suffered the loss for the Lady Dots after giving up 13 hits and 12 runs.
Karissa Cochran led the Lady Knights with three hits, followed by Riffle and Fisher with two apiece. Makinley Higginbotham, Kaitlin Liptrap, Megan Davis, Bekah Darst, Reigel and Barker each finished with one hit. Riffle’s triple and Higginbotham’s double were the lone extra base hits for PPHS.
Riffle, Fisher, Davis and Cochran each drove in two runs, while Riffle scored three times. Higginbotham and Liptrap each scored a pair of runs for PPHS.
Parkins and Yates had the lone hits for the PHS, while Yates had the team’s only run.
Poca will have its shot at revenge on April 23rd when Point Pleasant travels to Putnam County to take on the Lady Dots.