SHINNSTON—The Grafton High School baseball team kept the away games going on Thursday night as they traveled to Shinnston to face the Lincoln Cougars. The teams would battle back and forth going a complete seven innings and having to play three more innings to decide the winner. The Cougars would score in the bottom of the tenth to claim an 8-7 win.
Chase Setler paced the GHS offense with four hits in the contest. The remaining GHS hits came off the bats of Dillon Williams (3), Garrett Moats (3), Devin Vanscoy (3), Noah Hodges (2), TJ Summers, Braeden Nose, Garrett Williams and Chris Miller.
The GHS runs were scored by Summers, Andrew Gallo (2), Moats (2), Vanscoy and James Hoskins.
Setler got the start on the hill for GHS before giving way to Griffin Miller in the later innings. The two pitchers combined to allow eight runs on 12 hits, walking six and striking out three.
The Cats would return to the road portion of their schedule on Saturday as they headed to Petersburg to play a double header against sectional foe Petersburg High School. The Cats started the game with the first three batters crossing the plate but unfortunately that would be all for GHS as they fall to the Vikings 4-3.
The Cats would get four hits in the first game. The hits were recorded by Summers (2), D. Williams and Chris Miller. The three runs were scored by D. Williams, Summers and Moats.
Moats and C. Miller were on the hill for GHS against the Vikings as they allowed four runs on seven hits, walking four and recording 11 strikeouts.
The Cats would not play as close in the second game as many young faces saw the field for Coach Hartsel Keener’s Bearcats. The final would be PHS 14, GHS 2.
Hodges would lead the Cats offense from the number nine slot with two hits against the Vikings. The remaining hits were credited to D. Williams, Bobby Thorn and Landon Tucker. The GHS runs were scored by Tucker and G. Williams.
G. Miller, Derek Carmen and Eli Shumaker all saw action on the hill for GHS. The three combined to allow 14 runs on nine hits, walked seven and had three strikeouts.
The Cats will be back in action tonight as they make up a rain out game against North Marion. The Cats will travel to Farmington for a 5:00 p.m. start.