GRAFTON— The Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcats would play host to the Preston County Knights in baseball action this past week.
The Bearcats would put on an unmatched hitting display that would end the game early under the 10-run “mercy rule” after the fifth.
The Bearcats got things moving quickly in the first inning as Cole Mooney drew a walk, setting the table scoring four runs by the end of the first inning.
As the second inning began, it was clear that Dustin Keener would keep the Knights in check from the mound, as he logged a dominant performance lasting five innings and only allowing two hits and throwing five K’s on the evening.
After an uneventful third inning, the Bearcats would launch an eight run fourth inning led by Alex Hess, Isaiah Vanscoy and Keener, as they would combine to produce six RBI’s and eight runs in the mammoth inning. Vanscoy would hit a moon shot, three run homer to bring the score to 13-1.
The Bearcats would go on to collect nine hits on the day and they would also lead the way on the base paths with five stolen bases and speedster Mooney would be the prime leader with three more base snags during the contest.
Grafton would secure the win in the bottom of the fifth due to the 10-run rule with the final score of 14-1.
Grafton out hit Preston 8-3 and also took advantage of five Knight errors.
Head Coach Bartsel Keener was ecstatic with the state of play from his young team and had a lot to say after the game.
“Dustin (Keener) was phenomenal tonight, as he did a good job of commanding the pitching rubber. Defensively we played well, taking away a few hits and making the routine plays. The team as a whole had some quality at bats that really helped us to be successful at the plate. I also want to mention that Isaiah (Vanscoy) hit his first high school home run with hopefully many more to come,” Coach Keener elaborated.