POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Good teams can find a number of ways to win games.
The Point Pleasant softball team used defense to defeat non-conference guest Huntington by a 7-0 count in the first game of Friday nights’ twinbill, while the Lady Knights banked on the offense in game two and took the 9-6 victory.
The Lady Knights (16-6) marked one run in the bottom of the first inning when Madison Barker drove in Makinley Higginbotham, and they added on in the bottom of the third when Karissa Cochran hit a two run homerun.Point Pleasant added four runs in the fifth frame and cruised to the 7-0 victory.
Karissa Cochran threw a complete game no-hitter, allowing just one baserunner, via fourth inning error, and striking out 14 of the 22 batters she faced.
Huntington’s Bre Clark suffered the loss after allowing seven runs on six hits and three walks in six innings, while striking out four.
The PPHS offense was led by Cami Hesson with three hits, followed by Karissa Cochran with two hits, including a homerun. Rebekah Darst added a single in the victory. Hesson and Cochran each had two runs scored, while Higginbotham, Darst and Payton Fetty each had one run scored. Cochran drove in two runs pace the Lady Knights, followed by Higginbotham, Darst, Madison Barker and Megan Hammond with one RBI each.
The Lady Knights finished with seven runs, six hits, one error and six left on base, while Huntington had no runs, no hits, three errors and one runner left on.
In the second game the Lady Highlanders finally got things going and scored on a Maddie Howell RBI single in the top of the first. Point Pleasant answered in the bottom of the first with a solo homerun by Makinley Higginbotham.
Hannah Taylor and Paige Metzger each scored to put HHS ahead in the top of the second but again PPHS had an answer. Rebekah Darst doubled to start off the Lady Knights’ second and scored on Madison Barker’s single. Michaela Cottrill singled home Barker to tie the game at 3-3.
The Lady Knights pulled ahead in the bottom of the third when Higginbotham doubled home Hesson but Huntington answered in the top of the fourth with three runs, highlighted by a two-run triple by Morgan Sauyers.
Point Pleasant rallied back to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth with three runs on three hits. PPHS got a couple of insurance runs in the sixth frame when Darst drove home Hesson and Higginbotham. HHS was sent away in order in the top of the seventh and the Lady Knights claimed the 9-6 victory.
The winning pitcher was Karissa Cochran, who pitched three innings in relief and allowed just two hits, while striking out three. PPHS starter Madison Barker threw four innings in which she allowed six runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three.
Rachel Bias suffered the setback for HHS after allowing nine runs on 11 hits and five walks, while striking out five in six innings.
The PPHS offense was led by Higginbotham and Darst with three hits each, followed by Barker with two. Hesson, Cochran and Cottrill each had one hit in the triumph. Higginbotham scored three times, Hesson and Darst each scored twice, while Cochran and Barker both crossed the plate once. Darst had a team-high three RBIs, Higginbotham and Barker each had two, while Hammond and Cottrill each had one run batted in. Barker, Darst and Cochran each had a stolen base in the win.
Maddie Howell, Morgan Sauyers and Paige Metzger led the Green and Gold with two hits each, while Syd Sipple, Rachel Bias and Madison Haymaker each had one. Metzger and Hannah Taylor each scored twice, while Sauyers drove in two runs.
The Lady Knights finished with nine runs, 11 hits, four errors and seven left on base, while HHS had six runs, nine hits, no errors and seven runners stranded.
Point Pleasant has now won five games in a row and 8-of-9.