POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Runs, whether earned or not, count the same.
The Point Pleasant softball team didn’t give up an earned run Wednesday night but Wayne took advantage of every opportunity and claimed the 4-6 victory in Mason County.
Following two scoreless innings Wayne centerfielder Emily Fry reached first base on a two-out error. Fry stole second base and the scored the game’s first run on a Jacey Parsons single. Parsons scored on Alli Maynard’s double to give WHS the 2-0 lead. Maynard was able to steal third and score on a Kasey Endicott single.
Point Pleasant countered in the home half of the third when Karson Bonecutter singled to start the frame and scored on Mikinley Higginbotham’s two-out single.
Wayne added on to its lead in the top of the sixth when Tara Watts scored on an error. PPHS was able to reach base just once in the final two innings and the Lady Pioneers took the 4-1 victory.
Madison Barker was the losing pitcher of record after surrendering three runs on four hits, while striking out five in four innings. Karissa Cochran threw three innings and gave up one run on two hits, while striking out one. Neither Barker or Cochran allowed a base on balls or an earned run.
Jessie Rowe earned the victory for Wayne after giving up one run on eigth hits in seven innings. Rowe struck out five Lady Knights.
Makinley Higginbotham led the Lady Knights with a 3-for-3 effort, while Payton Fetty was 2-for-3. Madison barker, Michaela Cottrill and Karson Bonecutter each added a single in the setback. Bonecutter scored the lone PPHS run on Higginbotham’s RBI. Barker stole third base for the Lady Knights’ lone steal of the night.
Point Pleasant failed to have back-to-back hits in the game and never had more than two hits in an inning.
The Lady Pioneers were led by Jacey Parsons with two hits, while Alli Maynard, Kasey Endicott, Tara Watts and Savannah Perry each had one hit. Fry, Parsons, Maynard and Watts each scored one run, while Parsons, Maynard and Edicott each had an RBI. Fry, Maynard and Perry each had one stolen base in the win.
PPHS finished with one run, eight hits, four errors and seven runners left on base, while Wayne had four runs, six hits, no errors and four runners left on base.
PPHS will look to avenge this loss on May 1, when the Lady Knights travel to Wayne.