POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — That’s starting the season with style.
The Point Pleasant softball team opened the 2014 campaign with a 9-0 shutout victory over visiting Parkersburg South, Friday night in Mason County.
After sending away the Lady Patriots (0-1) in order in the top of the first inning the Lady Knights (1-0) went to work in the bottom of the first. Payton Fetty and Makinley Higginbotham both came around to score on a two-out double by Madison Barker, while Barker scored on Cami Hesson’s double, putting PPHS on top 3-0 through one inning.
Parkersburg South was sat down 1-2-3 again in the top of the second inning and the Point Pleasant offense picked up where it left off in the bottom half of the second. The Lady Knights scored five runs in the second, highlighted by a three-run homerun by sophomore Karissa Cochran.
The Red, White and Blue earned their first baserunner of the game in their half of the third inning on a hit by pitch. Lindsey Cox earned the first PSHS hit of the game, advancing Paige Gubblr to third with two-outs. Cochran got out of a the jam with a grounder to the catcher and the Lady Knights headed into the bottom of the third still in the lead 8-0.
Megan Hamond began the home half of the third with a double and she came around to score on a two-out double by Fetty.
Trailing 9-0 Parkersburg South moved a runner into scoring positing three time over the next two innings but the Lady Patriots failed to score and PPHS took the 9-0 mercy rule victory.
Cochran earned the win for The Red White and Black, pitching five shutout innings and surrendering just five hits. Cochran hit one batter but walked none and struck out five.
Megan Bosley was the losing pitcher of record, giving up nine runs, eight earned, on eight hits and a walk in four innings. Bosley struck out two in the setback.
Fetty paced the Lady Knights at the plate with a 2-for-3 proformance including an RBI double in the third. Cochran hit a three-run homerun, while Hamond and Hesson and Barker each marked a double. Higginbotham and Rebekah Darst both added a single in the win.
Cochran had a team-high three runs batted in, followed by Barker with two. Higginbotham scored two runs for PPHS, while Fetty, Darst, Cochran, Barker, Hamond, Michaela Cottrill and Karson Bonecutter each scored once. Cottrill, Hesson and Higginbotham each had one stolen base in the win.
Parkersburg South was led by Cox with two singles in three attempts, while Kristen Hamilton, Trinity Fury and Gubblr each singled once.
Point Pleasant finished with nine runs, eight his and no errors, while the Lady Patriots had no runs, five hits and three errors.
These teams will meet again on April, 15 in Parkersburg.