CENTENARY, Ohio — The Point Pleasant softball team defeated Gallia Academy and Belpre on Saturday to win the Ron’s Trophies Softball Tournament, hosted by GAHS.
In the opening game the Lady Knights (18-6) allowed just one hit and earned a 10-0 victory over Belpre. Point Pleasant began the game with a four-run first inning, highlighted by a two-run triple by Megan Hammond. PPHS added five runs in the the fourth and added one in the fifth to seal the mercy rule victory.
Madison Barker earned the victory after allowing just one hit in five shutout innings, while walking two and striking out four. Dye suffered the loss for BHS after allowing 10 runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three.
The PPHS offense was led by Hammond with two triples and Makinley Higginbotham with two singles. Karissa Cochran had a triple, Rebekah Darst added a double, while Cami Hesson and Michaela each marked a single.
Hammond marked a game-high two runs batted in, followed by Hesson, Higginbotham, Cochran, Darst and Barker with one each. Hesson, Higginbotham, Barker and Payton Fetty each had two runs scored in the win, while Cochran and Hammond both crossed the plate once. Fetty, Barker and Hesson each had one stolen base in the triumph.
Bell had Belpre’s lone hit in the setback.
PPHS finished with 10 runs, eight hits, no errors and three runners left on base, while Belpre had no runs, one hit, six errors and three runners left on base.
In the second game Point Pleasant needed just one big inning to put away the host Blue Angels. The Lady Knights broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning when Karson Bonecutter doubled home Hammond. PPHS added on with six runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Darst and a two-run single by Higginbotham.
Fetty was hit by a pitch in the top of the sixth and came around to score, but Gallia Academy marked two runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Maggie Westfall and Violet Pelfry each came around to score. Neither team could add on in the seventh inning and the Lady Knights claimed the 8-2 win.
PPHS sophomore Cochran earned the win after allowing two unearned runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out 10 in seven innings. Pelfry suffered the loss for GAHS after surrendering eight runs, four earned, on nine hits and four walks, while striking out one in seven innings.
The Lady Knight’s offense was led by Hammond with three hits, including a double, and Bonecutter with two doubles. Fetty marked a double and a single, while Darst had a double and Higginbotham singled.
Higginbotham, Darst and Bonecutter each had two runs batted in, while Hammond drove in one. Fetty and Hammond each scored twice two lead the Red, White and Black, followed by Hesson, Higginbotham, Barker and Cottrill with one run scored each. Fetty, Barker and Higginbotham each had a stolen base in the win.
Gallia Academy was led by Pelfry with a double, a run batted in and a run scored, while Hannah Roach marked a single and Westfall scored.
PPHS finished with eight runs, nine hits, three errors and seven left on base, while the Blue Angles marked two runs, two hits, three errors and four left on base.
The Blue Angels defeated Belpre 12-1 in the final game of the day but no farther information was made available at presstime.
Karissa Cochran and Madison Barker were named Co-MVPs of the tournament.