Grafton’s season concludes with 9-1 loss to Keyser


KEYSER— The Lady Bearcats struggled to contain Keyser’s offense on Tuesday during championship play, resulting in a season ending loss for the Grafton High School softball program. 

The Lady ‘Cats also experienced offensive woes during the contest, unable to put up runs, while Keyser tallied nine. 

Taylor Likins would open scoring for Keyser with a single in the first inning. From there, the team was able to add four runs to their score in the third. 

The big inning for Keyser was driven by an error on the ball put in play by Rylee Mangold and Averi Everline, combined with a triple from Alexa Shoemaker. 

The third would see Grafton score its lone run, which came from senior Frederique Maloley. 

Maloley’s third inning run would still have the Lady Bearcats trailing by six runs going into the fourth. 

The strong Keyser offense continued to overpower Grafton, as they were able to tack on two additional runs to seal the 9-1 victory. 

On the day, the Lady ‘Cats recorded just two hits, from Maloley and fellow senior Amber Smith. 

Maloley took the loss for Grafton giving up nine runs on eight hits over four innings and striking out four. 

Mangold is credited with the win for Keyser, manning the circle for five innings, allowing just two hits and one run, while sending ten back to the dugout.
In addition to Mangold’s strong pitching performance, the Keyser team did not commit a single field error and had three players record multiple hits. 

A win for the Lady bearcats would have had them meeting back up with Keyser in the final Championship game, however, with the loss their season has concluded with a 17-15 record. 

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