GRAFTON— After a pair of back-to-back losses last week, the Lady Bearcats came out “swinging” to start off play Monday night at home, redeeming themselves with a big win over Elkins.
The Elkins Lady Tigers would get off to a promising start with an early run in the first inning, however, that opening set would see Grafton’s strongest start yet.
With a walk by Abby Wyer, a double by Frederique Maloley and a single by Ava Schommer-Klebe, the Lady Bearcats jumped out to the early 4-1 lead.
The contest went quiet in the second, with neither team making it home, but would pick back up for the Lady Bearcats during the third.
Over the course of the third and fourth innings, Grafton added six runs to their side of the board, collecting three in each frame.
The Lady Bearcats earned 10 runs on six hits. Hits were made by Kaileigh Spiker, Amber Smith, Wyer, Maloley, Gracen Purkey, Schommer-Klebe and Mattie Shaver, while runs were scored by Spiker, Smith, Wyer, Maloley (3), Purkey (2) and Schommer-Klebe.
The 10-1 landslide win over Elkins came after a close loss to a tough Bridgeport team last Wednesday.
After keeping things close in the first three innings, Bridgeport managed to pull away for good in the fourth, scoring five unanswered runs.
The Lady Bearcats put in their best efforts, playing solid defense to keep the Lady Indians from rounding home for the remainder of the game.
Grafton would put up four runs over the fifth and sixth innings, but unfortunately, Bridgeport’s early cushion was too much to overcome, and Grafton dropped the contest 9-7.
The Lady Bearcats’ seven runs were scored by Smith (2), Maloley (2), Crimm (2),Schommer-Klebe, Savanna Wyckoff and Wyer, off of eight hits.
The team’s second loss last week was handed to them by the Lewis County Minute Maids.
Maloley started things off on the pitcher’s mound for the Lady Bearcats going less than two innings, allowing six hits and eight runs while striking out one.
Freshman Lillie Crimm manned the mound for the remaining four innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, managing to strike out four and walked one.
On Lewis County’s 13 hits, the Minute Maids ran 10 home.
The Grafton ladies held their own, with an even 2-2 score at the end of the opening inning but couldn’t recover from the five Lewis scored in the second, giving them the 10-6 advantage over the Lady Bearcats.
Wyer (2), Smith (2), Maloley and Purkey combined to recorded Grafton’s six runs off seven hits.
The Lady Bearcats will look to use the win over Elkins to build momentum going forward as they travel to Fairmont Senior to take on the Lady Polar Bears tomorrow, Thursday, April 7, at 5:00 p.m.