Point powers past Lady Spartans

By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A display of power.

The Point Pleasant softball team hit four home runs while extending its winning streak to 11 straight Saturday afternoon during a doubleheader sweep of visiting Greenbrier East during a pair of non-conference matchups in Mason County.

The Lady Knights (18-6) hit three homers while cruising to a 10-0 win in the opener, then the hosts made the most of their lone long ball in the finale en route to a 1-0 decision.

PPHS opened Game 1 by establishing a 1-0 lead through an inning of play, then Cammy Hesson slammed a solo shot in the second for an early 2-0 cushion.

Point followed by sending 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third, which resulted in eight runs on nine hits while wrapping up the mercy-rule decision.

Leah Cochran and Makinley Higginbotham both went yard in that explosive third frame, which ultimately sparked the eight-run inning that led to the 10-0 victory.

The Lady Knights outhit the guests by a 13-1 overall margin, with the Lady Spartans committing the only error in the opening contest. PPHS stranded three runners on base, while the guests left only one on the bags.

Karissa Cochran picked up the Game 1 victory after allowing one hit over three innings while striking out four. Haylee Shiver suffered the loss after surrendering nine earned runs and 13 hits over 2.2 frames.

Higginbotham led the hosts with three hits and three runs scored, while Hesson, Karissa Cochran and Kelsie Byus each added two safeties. Michaela Cottrill, Leah Cochran, Tanner King and Lila Beattie also had a hit apiece for the victors.

Hesson drove in a team-high three RBIs, while Higginbotham and Cottrill each drove in two runs. Byus, Karissa Cochran and Leah Cochran also knocked in a run apiece for the victors.

Higginbotham scored a team-best three runs and Hesson crossed home plate twice. Cottrill, Beattie, Leah Cochran, Kelsey Price and Rachael Grimm also scored a run apiece in the opener.

Shayla Fry provided Greenbrier East’s only hit after producing a two-out single in the top of the first.

Game 2 proved to be more of a pitcher’s duel, with the lone run coming in the fourth after Byus belted a one-out solo shot to centerfield.

The Lady Knights outhit GEHS by a 3-2 margin and neither squad committed an error. PPHS stranded eight runners on base, while the guests left four on the bags.

Karissa Cochran was again the winning pitcher of record after allowing two hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out 11. Callie Honaker took the loss after surrendering an earned run, three hits and five walks over six frames while fanning six.

Byus, King and Price each had a hit for the victors, while Fry and McKenzie Little had the lone safeties for the Lady Spartans — both of which came in the top of the seventh inning.

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

By Bryan Walters