LOGAN, W.Va. — The third time was indeed the charm.
After being swept in the regular season, the Point Pleasant softball team exacted a little postseason revenge Saturday afternoon following a 2-0 victory over host Logan in a Class AAA Region 4 semifinal matchup at LHS in Logan County.
The Lady Knights (25-8) — who dropped 1-0 and 5-4 decisions to Logan earlier this season — finally had enough answers for the Lady Wildcats (27-5) over seven innings of play, which allowed PPHS to reach its first regional championship game since the 2009 campaign.
Point Pleasant will host Lincoln County on Thursday in the Class AAA regional final at 6 p.m. Lincoln County (26-8) defeated Cabell Midland by a 6-1 count Saturday in the other Region 4 semifinal.
The Lady Knights outhit Logan by a sizable 7-3 overall margin and both teams stranded four runners on base. LCHS also committed the only error of the contest.
And yet, for all the numbers that favored PPHS, the game was scoreless after five innings of play. But in the top of the sixth, Point Pleasant broke through with a pair of scores that ultimately sealed Logan’s fate while also securing another game for the guests.
Cami Hesson led the sixth off by reaching on an error, then Makinley Higginbotham followed with a double that plated Hesson — giving the Lady Knights a 1-0 cushion. Karissa Cochran followed with a single that plated Higginbotham, giving PPHS a two-run cushion the rest of the way.
The Lady Wildcats started their half of the sixth with a bunt single, but the next three batters went down in order to thwart the rally bid. LHS also went down 1-2-3 in the seventh, allowing Point Pleasant to wrap up the two-run triumph.
Logan’s best scoring chance came in the third when the hosts left runners stranded at first and third with two outs. Logan also had a runner reach second base with two outs in the fifth.
The Lady Knights left runners stranded at second base in the second, third and fifth frames and also had a runner thrown out at the plate on a would-be sacrifice fly in the first.
Cochran was the winning pitcher of record after allowing three hits and one walk over seven innings while striking out 11. Aaron Ward suffered the loss after surrendering two runs (one earned), seven hits and one walk over five-plus innings while fanning two.
Higginbotham and Cochran paced the Lady Knights with two hits and an RBI apiece, while Payton Fetty, Rebekah Darst and Karson Bonecutter added a hit apiece to the winning cause. Hesson and Higginbotham also scored a run each in the victory.
Summer Collins had two of Logan’s three hits, while Shelby Hale added the other safety.