Grafton hoping for turn around as they enter second half of season

GRAFTON— Thus far, the Grafton Bearcat baseball team’s season hasn’t gone the way they had hoped, but with plenty of games left on the schedule, Grafton, under the leadership of Coach Bartsel Keener is looking to turn things around.

Sitting at a record of 0-6, the team took to the diamond on Saturday, hoping to earn their first win of the season.

While the Cats were able to keep the contest close, and they would fall short and take the one run loss to Berkeley Springs.

On Monday night, the Bearcats gathered at their home field to take on Liberty.

Grafton managed to knock in five runs on the night, but ultimately dropped the contest by a score of 17-5.

The two losses moved Grafton to 0-8 on the season.

Although it isn’t the start they were looking for, the team and coaching staff are working to overcome their challenges and have a winning second half to their season.

“It has been tough,” commented Keener. “We need to develop some pitchers, and then we will compete on a nightly basis.”

The team is currently led by the group’s only seasoned pitcher Chris Miller, but Keener shared that given a little time that will change, as he has a hardworking crew of athletes.

“We have a group of freshman with Isaac Lough, Dustin Keener and Austin Mayle that continues to put in work. They just need a little more time. Making that transition from playing Taylor County ball to high school ball is no easy feat. This year has been a bit unconventional, not just for us, but for sports across the board. We’ll get there,” voiced Keener.

He also mentioned that now that basketball season is over, the team has welcomed back Tanner Moats, who Keener described as a big addition to the team.

“The season is far from over. We will take the losses and learn from them, make proper adjustments and keep putting in the work to improve,” Keener added.



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