POCA, W.Va. — The Lady Knights barley had a chance to enjoy the lead before they were headed home with a loss.
The Point Pleasant softball team took a 4-3 the top of the seventh inning but non-conference host Poca marked two runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal the 5-4 triumph.
Lady Knights (11-6) senior Payton Fetty doubled to open the game and was driven in by Karissa Cochran to give PPHS the early lead. Madison Barker hit a solo homerun in the second inning to push the lead to 2-0. Barker doubled home Cochran in the top of the fourth inning and the Red White and Black took the 3-0 lead.
The Lady Dots (9-10) answered in the bottom of the fourth first with a solo homerun by Tori Ward. Breanna Bias and Lindsey Triplett were driven in by Summer Randolph and Haley Wagner respectively and Poca tied the game at the end of the fourth.
The Lady Knights regained the lead when Makinley Higginbotham hit a two-out triple to drive in Cami Hesson. Casey Skeens and Sarah Fisher each scored on errors in the bottom if the seventh to claim the 5-4 walkoff victory.
Tori Ward was the winning pitcher as she threw three innings in relief, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. Poca starting pitcher Jasmine Luikart allowed three runs on five hits and a walk. Ward had three strikeouts in the win.
The losing pitcher of record was Madison Barker, who allowed two unearned runs on one hit and two walks in 3.1 innings. PPHS starter Karissa Cochran allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in 3.1 innings. Cochran struck out six Lady Dots, while Barker fanned two.
The Lady Knight’s offense was led by Barker, Hesson, Fetty and Higginbotham with two hits each, while Cochran had one. Barker drove in two runs, while Higginbotham and Cochran each had an RBI. Barker, Fetty, Cochran and Hesson each scored for the Red, White and Black.
Parkins, Ward, Triplett and Randolph each marked a hit for the Lady Dots, while Ward, Randolph and Wagner each drove in a run. Skeens, Ward, Bias, Triplett and Sarah Fisher each scored in the win, while Skeens had the lone stolen base in the game.
The Lady Dots finished with five runs, four hits, one error and five runners left on base, while PPHS had four runs, nine hits, three errors and six runners left on base.
The season series is a split, as Poca lost to PPHS by a 9-1 count on April 8, in Point Pleasant.