PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant softball team picked up its third consecutive win Thursday night following a 13-1 decision in five innings over host Parkersburg South in a non-conference matchup in Wood County.
The Lady Knights (11-5) — winners of seven of their last nine overall — led 7-0 through three innings of play and eventually claimed a season sweep of the Lady Patriots. PPHS claimed a 9-0 win at home in the season opener back on March 21.
Point Pleasant outhit PSHS by a 12-1 overall margin and went errorless in the mercy-rule decision, while the hosts committed five errors in the setback. Point stranded five runners on base and the Lady Patriots left just one on the bags.
Madison Barker was the winning pitcher of record after allowing just one hit and one walk over five innings while striking out eight. Sydney Smith took the loss after surrendering seven runs, seven hits and zero walks over two innings while fanning two.
The Lady Knights hit three home runs in the contest, two of which were three-run shots in the latter innings of play. Cami Hesson started things with a solo homer to right-center in the second, then Barker added a three-run shot in the third and Karissa Cochran chipped in a three-run homer in the fifth.
PPHS led 2-0 after an inning of play and added two more runs in the second for an early 4-0 cushion after two complete. The guests scored three times in the third and twice more in the fourth to claim a 9-0 edge headed into the bottom of the fourth.
The Lady Patriots scored their lone run in the fourth after a leadoff single and a wild pitch allowed Logan Sommerville to score for a 9-1 contest. Point tacked on four more runs in the top of the fifth to wrap up the 12-run triumph.
Makinley Higginbotham led the guests with three hits, followed by Barker, Hesson and Rebekah Darst with two safeties apiece. Cochran, Kelly Belcher and Michaela Cottrill also added a hit apiece to the winning cause.
Barker had a team-best four RBIs, while Cochran and Darst respectively drove in three and two RBIs. Higginbotham, Cochran, Darst and Cottrill also scored two runs each for the Lady Knights.