GRAFTON—As a young team, the Grafton High School (GHS) baseball program has been struggling to find their footing this year.
Opening their season with a close loss to Buckhannon, the Bearcats are now sitting at an 0-6 record.
Earlier in the season, the Bearcats traveled to Morgantown to take on University, and found themselves struggling at the plate. The team recorded two runs on five hits, but their opponent was formidable.
University racked up three runs in the first inning, and eight in both the second and third innings, leading them to the 2-20 victory.
Later the Cats went up against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in an away battle, and the team was handed 14 strike outs, while Grafton pitching only sat seven.
The game remained scoreless until the third inning when the Irish ran in four.
The Cats never would make it on the board and dropped the contest 0-7.
During their match against Preston County on April 27, Grafton was only able to connect with two hits, and earned six runs, while the Knights racked up 14 hits and recorded 15 runs to claim the victory.
After their first home game of the season was canceled due to weather conditions, the Bearcats finally took to their home field looking for redemption.
While they managed to keep the game close, Grafton ultimately fell to Keyser, 1-2.
The team was once again on the road on Thursday night, going head-to-head with the Lincoln Cougars.
Lincoln started the game strong, tallying five runs in the first inning.
The second inning wouldn’t see either team bring runners home and went scoreless.
The Cougars picked up the pace again in the third inning, going for six runs, while the Bearcats were having trouble connecting with the pitching of Lincoln’s Gorby, who recorded eight strike outs.
Grafton’s lone hit on the night came from sophomore Ben Louzy, who went one-for-one on the game.
The Bearcat pitching trio of Tanner Moats, Isaac Lough and Treyson Nose sat five, walked four and surrendered nine runs and two homers.
“I have a young group of players, with only one senior and one junior, but the future is bright,” commented head coach Bartsel Keener.
Keener shared that the team’s only senior, Chris Miller provides great leadership for his fellow team mates and is an outstanding role model to the newcomers of the team that are still developing as players.
And while the team is young, he can already see potential growing in some of his freshmen players who have been thrown in the mix, going up against players who are much older, and more experienced, but handling the challenge well.
“Our trio of freshman, Dustin Keener, Isaac Lough and Austin Mayle are playing at a much older level through the first part of the season. We continue to gain valuable experience that will pay dividends at playoff time,” shared Keener.