GRAFTON—The Grafton High School softball team (1-2) opened its season last week against the Indians of Berkeley Springs.
The Lady Cats played solid first and third innings, but the Indians used a nine run second inning to defeat the Bearcats 11 to 0.
The Indians’ pitcher had the Cats off balance all night, as the Cats could not manage to get a hit in the contest.
The only base runners for the Bearcats were Liza Grossman, who was hit by a pitch and Katie Grinnan, who reached on an error.
Madison Knotts was on the hill for Bearcats, as she made her first start for this season. Knotts gave up eight hits, six walks and one strikeout.
Next up for the Lady Bearcats, this soggy spring, was the Bees of East Fairmont.
Once again the Cats were unable to cross the plate, and found themselves on the lower end of an 8 to 0 score.
The Bearcat offense was led by Liza Grossman and Haley Curry, who both recorded a hit on the evening.
Knotts made her second start of the season as the Bearcat pitcher.
Knotts allowed eight runs on eight hits while walking two batters.
For their next game, the Bearcats finally got the bats going against Philip Barbour in Philippi, last week, as they recorded 12 hits on the evening.
The Lady Cats used strong first and second innings on their way to a 9 to 5 victory.
Bethany Keener and Madison Simmons led the Bearcat attack with three hits apiece, followed by Haley Curry with two hits.
The remaining Lady Cat hits came from Ally Peters, Liza Grossman, Katie Grinnan and Lita Chocky.
The Bearcat runs were scored by Peters (2), Grossman, Grinnan (2), Simmons, Curry, Chocky and Knotts.
Haley Curry earned the win on the mound, as she made her first start of the season for the Bearcats.
Curry allowed five runs on one hit, while walking five and recording five strikeouts.
The Lady Cats will be back in action tonight, as they host North Marion at 5:00 p.m., while on Thursday they host Lewis County.
They will close out the week on Friday, as they travel to Clarksburg to face the Eagles of Robert C. Byrd.
The first pitch will be thrown at 5:00 p.m.