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April 22, 2014
HARTFORD, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant softball team needed just three innings to snap Wahama’s four-game winning streak Tuesday night following a 15-1 victory in a non-conference matchup between Mason County clubs.
The visiting Lady Knights (12-6) pounded out 15 hits and led 15-0 after two complete, while the Lady Falcons (5-14) produced to just one safety in the mercy-rule setback. PPHS — winners of four of its last five — also claimed a season sweep with a 10-2 decision at home back on April 8.
Point Pleasant sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning, which resulted in four runs on three hits and two errors. Cami Hesson reached on a fielder’s choice and came around with the eventual game-winning run on a double by Makinley Higginbotham one batter later.
The Lady Knights followed by sending 15 batters to the plate in the second frame, which yielded 11 runs on 10 hits and two walks. Higginbotham started the scoring with a two-run homer and ended the 11-run outburst with a two-RBI double in her second at-bat of the inning.
Wahama — which went hitless through two complete — found a small spark of offense in the bottom of the third as Morgan Harrison and Shaylyn Greer received back-to-back two-out walks, then Elisabeth Hendrick drove in Harrison with a single for a 15-1 contest.
PPHS starter Madison Barker wrapped up the victory one batter later by recording her fifth strikeout of the game. Barker allowed four walks over three innings in the circle, while Greer suffered the loss after surrendering 10 runs, seven hits and one walk over 1.1 frames.
The Lady Knights had nine different players produce one hit in the triumph, with Higginbotham and Karissa Cochran each leading the way with three hits apiece. Barker and Megan Hamond followed with two safeties each, while Hesson, Kelly Belcher, Rebekah Darst, Karson Bonecutter and Michaela Cottrill added a hit apiece to the winning cause.
Higginbotham led the guests with five RBIs, while Barker drove in three and Hesson knocked in two. Hesson also scored a team-best three runs, with Higginbotham, Cochran, Darst and Cottrill each scoring twice.
Wahama committed three of the four errors in the contest and both teams stranded five runners on base.