RIPLEY, W.Va. — Nothing wrong with a quick tune-up.
The Point Pleasant softball team picked up some extra momentum headed into Thursday night’s regional semifinal at Logan Monday evening following a 6-2 victory over host Ripley in a non-conference matchup in Jackson County.
The Lady Knights (24-8) never trailed in the contest as the guests jumped out to an early 3-0 lead following the top of the third, but the Lady Vikings (18-7) countered with two runs to close to within 3-2 after three complete.
PPHS tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the fourth for a four-run edge and ultimately made that lead stick the rest of the way.
Point Pleasant — which has won 13 of its last 15 contests — outhit RHS by an 8-6 overall margin and did not commit an error, while Ripley made both errors in the contest. PPHS stranded seven runners on base and the Lady Vikes left five on the bags.
Madison Barker was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two earned runs and one walk over seven innings while striking out seven. Darby Petersen suffered the setback after surrendering six runs (five earned), seven hits and two walks over four frames while fanning five.
Karissa Cochran led the Lady Knights with four hits and three RBIs, followed by Payton Fetty, Cami Hesson, Makinley Higginbotham and Rebekah Darst with a safety apiece. Darst also knocked in two RBIs for PPHS, while Barker knock in a run as well.
Hesson led the guests with two runs scored, while Fetty, Higginbotham, Cochran and Michaela Cottrill each scored a run.
Hannah Ford paced Ripley with two hits and Ashley Mellinger drove in two runs in the setback.