GRAFTON—The Grafton High School baseball team (0-3) is off to a slow start for their 2017 campaign.
The Bearcats opened their season at home last Friday night, as they played host to the Berkeley Springs Indians.
The Bearcats gave up four early runs, and the Indians never looked back as the cruise to a 16 to 4 victory.
After allowing four runs in the top of the first innings the Bearcats added two of their own in the bottom of the first.
Dominic Lough scored from first base on a triple to right field off the bat of senior Cole Collins.
Collins then scored the second run on a deep sacrifice fly from Ryan Musgrave.
The Indians then held the Cats scoreless in the second and third innings.
The Bearcats crossed the plate two more times in the fourth inning when Ryan Hess scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of TJ Summers.
The final Bearcat run was scored by Summers on an RBI from Cameron Forte.
The Bearcats were led at the plate by Dominic Lough, who was 2 for 2 on the day.
The remaining Bearcats hits were recorded by Forte, Collins and Zach Shumaker.
The Bearcat runs were scored by Lough, Collins, Hess and Summers. The four RBI’s came off the bats of Forte, Collins, Musgrave and Summers.
On the mound for the Bearcats were Garrett Moats, Shumaker, Anthony Phillips and Anthony Robinson.
The four pitchers combined for 3 strikeouts, 7 walks and allowed 16 runs on 14 hits.
The next game for the Bearcats was against Pikeview at Mary Lou Retton Park.
The Bearcats could find little offense on the day and fell to Pikeview 10 to 0.
The Bearcats could only manage two hits in the contest.
The two hits came singles from Collins and Summers.
On the mound for the Cats were Musgrave and Chase Setler.
The two Grafton pitchers combined for three strikeouts, six walks, allowed 10 runs on six hits.
In the second half of the double header on Saturday ,the Bearcats faced the Polar Bears of Fairmont Senior.
This was the best performance of the early season for the Bearcats, but the Cats still ended up on the short end of a 5 to 4 score.
The Bearcats scored one run in the second inning, as Forte scored on a double by Shumaker that went into the gap in left center.
Shumaker was also responsible for three more RBI’s in the sixth inning as he drove in Collins, Forte and Hess. This pulled the Cats back within one of the Polar Bears, but this would be as close as the Bearcats would get as they fall 5 to 4.
“I could see an improvement with the kids over the first three games,” said head coach Josh Ashby.
“It has been difficult this spring to get swings do to the wet weather, but we will get things corrected in a hurry,” he added.
The Bearcats were lead at the plate by Shumaker and Collins, with two hits apiece.
The remaining hits came from Lough, Forte and Summers. The Bearcat runs were scored by Forte (2), Collins and Hess while Shumaker lead the team with all four RBI’s.
Cameron Forte started on the hill for the Cats as he went five and a third innings giving up 4 hits while recording two strikeouts and allowing five walks.
Matthew McDaniel finished the game for the Bearcats as he recorded two strikeouts and did not allow a hit. McDaniel issued two walks in the contest.
The Bearcats are back in action today, as they travel to Petersburg and then they will host Frankfort on Friday.
Both contests are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.