Point softball takes 2 in Chapmanville

By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com

Point Pleasant senior Karson Bonecutter releases a pitch during a March 21 softball contest against Wirt County in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

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CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — A little revenge while continuing to win.

The Point Pleasant softball team picked up its third straight victory on Friday after picking up an 8-0 win over Wyoming East and a 9-5 decision over Lincoln County at the opening day of the 2017 Chapmanville softball tournament in Logan County.

The Lady Knights (8-1) allowed only two hits in a six-inning decision over WEHS in the opener, then overcame an early 2-0 deficit against the Lady Panthers by scoring eight consecutive runs en route to a four-run victory. The 9-5 over LCHS also avenged Point’s lone setback of the year, a 5-4 decision on March 25 in Point Pleasant.

The Red and Black had little trouble in the opener as they scored two runs apiece in the first two innings, then tacked on another run in the fourth for a commanding 5-0 cushion. PPHS added two more in the fifth and another in the sixth to wrap up the walk-off decision.

Point Pleasant outhit Wyoming East by a 6-2 overall margin and also benefited from four errors and 10 walks in the shutout. PPHS stranded 10 runners on base, while the guests left only two on the bags.

Leah Cochran was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six. Brehm suffered the loss after surrendering seven runs (six earned) and seven walks over five innings while striking out nine.

Cammy Hesson led Point with three hits, followed by Cochran, Michaela Cottrill and Peyton Jordan with a safety apiece. Cochran and Cottrill drove in two runs apiece, while Hesson and Megan Hammond each knocked in a run.

Hesson and Jordan each scored twice in the win, followed by Cottrill, Kelsie Byus, Tanner King and Izzy King with a run apiece.

Booth and Griffith had the lone hits for Wyoming East.

In the rematch Friday night, LCHS stormed out to early 1-0 and 2-0 leads through two innings as Chelsie Chafin and Bailey Pullin delivered RBI safeties.

PPHS, however, sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the second, which resulted in six runs on seven hits.

Hammond started the rally with a leadoff single and later scored on a two-out single by Jordan, cutting the deficit in half at 2-1. Hesson followed with a single that advanced Jordan to second, then Jordan scored on a Cottrill single that tied the game at two.

Byus provided the eventual game-winner with a single that plated Hesson for a 3-2 edge, then Cottrill scored on a Cochrarn single that made it 4-2. Tanner King followed with a double that plated both Byus and Cochran, giving the Lady Knights a 6-2 lead.

Kelsey Price started the bottom of the third with a leadoff walk, then Shala Swain entered as a pinch-runner and advanced all the way to third on a wild pitch. Lila Beattie followed with a walk to put runners at the corners, then Jordan laid down a sacrifice that scored Swain as Jordan was called out at first — making it a 7-2 contest.

Beattie later scored on a single by Hesson for an 8-2 edge — Point’s largest lead of the game.

LCHS answered with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to close to within 8-5, but PPHS countered with an insurance run in the fifth as Byus knocked in Hesson with a two-out single for a 9-5 cushion.

Both teams produced 12 hits and also committed an error in the contest. Each squad also stranded eight runners on base.

Karson Bonecutter was the winning pitching of record after allowing three earned runs, nine hits and one walk over four innings while striking out one. Jordan also allowed two unearned runs and three hits in three innings of relief work for the hosts.

Courtney Roberts took the loss for Lincoln County after allowing nine earned runs, 12 hits and three walks over six frames while fanning two.

Hesson led PPHS with three hits, followed by Cottrill, Byus and Tanner King with two safeties apiece. Cochran, Hammond and Jordan also had a hit each in the triumph.

Byus, King and Jordan each drove in two runs, while Hesson scored a team-best two times.

Rachel Pennington led LCHS with three hits, followed by Chafin and MacKenzie Cooper with two safeties apiece. Makiya VanHorn also knocked in two RBIs.

Point Pleasant was supposed to play in two more games on Saturday, but the event ended up getting rained out.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Point Pleasant senior Karson Bonecutter releases a pitch during a March 21 softball contest against Wirt County in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/04/web1_4.4.-PP-Karson.jpgPoint Pleasant senior Karson Bonecutter releases a pitch during a March 21 softball contest against Wirt County in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters