GRAFTON— The TCMS Lady Knights softball team was finally able to take the field Monday, April 12, as the Knights season was halted last year at the start of the pandemic.
The team had been selected, the uniforms were distributed and the schedule was locked in place then everything was abruptly canceled due to COVID.
Now, the Lady Knights were eagerly awaiting the chance to take the field on a cold and rainy Monday evening.
The tarp was covering the field to stave off any rain, and after about a thirty-minute delay the game was able to start.
The East Fairmont Bees traveled to Grafton to take on the Lady Knights in the season opener at GHS softball field.
The visiting Bees would step up to the plate first to face the Knights pitching sensation Lillie Crimm, who quickly struck out the first three batters she faced.
The bottom of the first would see the Knights first at bat in over a year as sixth grader Ruth Horne reached first base with a walk.
Next up would be seventh grader Jeri Wolford, who would lay down a bunt and move Horne to third base, while she was also able to reach first safely for a base hit.
A series of walks for the next few batters would lead to the first run of the year after Horne was able to steal home.
Aggressive base running in the first inning would have the Knights up by four at the start of the second inning.
The Bees powerhouse cleanup hitter Gracie Satler connected with a Lillie Crimm fastball for a triple to start the second and would eventually be brought home by a single from Bees short stop Brooklynn Hayes.
The Bees would be able to tack on three additional points by the end of the inning.
That would be it as the Knights pitching found their footing with Lille Crimm striking out a total of 13 batters during the remainder of the game.
The Knights would continue to hold the lead for the rest of play bolstered by the bats of newcomers Karigan Wildroutdt and Harmony Schroder.
The Knights would go on to win the cold and rainy opener in the fifth with a final score of 14-4