Grafton escapes Berkeley Springs to earn a shot at the championship after falling to Keyser


GRAFTON— Keyser’s high-powered offense threw the Lady Bearcats off course on Wednesday evening as the Tornados racked up ten runs off 14 hits to come out on top, 10-2, of the second-round sectional game. 

Keyser’s Alexa Shoemaker put the Lady Tornados on the board in the first inning with a home run. 

Unable to get their offense going, the Lady Bearcats fell behind, 2-0, after the first two innings of play. 

During the top of the third, Grafton put up two quick runs, with Abby Wyer driving one in on a triple. 

With the contest tied 2-2, both teams would see a quiet fourth inning, before Keyser would go on a scoring onslaught. 

Over the course of the fifth and sixth innings, the Lady Tornados got into the swing of things, recording four runs in each frame for the final eight run advantage. 

Grafton’s offense tallied four hits on the day from Frederique Maloley, Gracen Purkey, Amber Smith, Wyer and Lillie Crimm. 

Maloley took the loss in the circle, lasting five and two-thirds innings allowing 10 runs off 14 hits, while sending four back to the dugout. 

The loss would bring the Lady ‘Cats back home the following day, to enter third-round play against Berkeley Springs. 

The two teams previously met on April 25, and in an exciting matchup, Grafton came out on top of the 12-10 finish. 

Grafton entered the contest on Thursday looking for a similar outcome in order to win their way to into the championship game, and with four runs off seven hits, they were able to do just that. 

After a scoreless opening frame, it would be Berkeley Springs taking a two-run lead after the second, with a score of 3-1. 

Grafton’s third inning run was put on the board by Maloley, who singled on a 1-0 count. 

The next run wouldn’t come until the bottom of the fifth, when the Lady ‘Cats drove home two, off a homer by Maloley, to even things up, 3-3. 

A single run scored by Grafton in the sixth inning would be enough to propel the Lady Bearcats to victory. 

Maloley was credited with the win for Grafton, going seven innings allowing ten hits and three runs, and striking out a dozen. 

Runs for the Lady ‘Cats were earned by Maloley, Smith, Schommer-Klebe and Mattie Shaver. 

The championship game is slated for Tuesday, at 5:00 p.m., in Keyser, where the Lady Bearcats will seek redemption against the Lady Tornados. 

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