Lady Bearcat Softball has busy week

(Brian Lough/Mountain Statesman) Amber Smith keeps her eye on the pitch against Bridgeport.

BUCKHANNON—The Grafton High School softball team was back on the road last Monday as they traveled to Buckhannon to take on the Lady Bucs. The Bucs would hold the Bearcats to just one hit in the game and go on to defeat GHS 10-0 in three innings.

The lone GHS hit came in the second inning when senior Haley Curry hit a blooper behind the third baseman. Curry would advance to second base and would eventually be stranded there.

Mia Chambers was on the hill for GHS as she allowed 10 hits, four walks and struck out three.

“We just couldn’t get the bat on the ball,” said head coach Tyler Cox.

Grafton would return home on Tuesday night to face the Indians of Bridgeport. The Cats held strong for a few innings but the Indians were just too much as they go on to defeat the Cats 9-1.

Grafton would record three hits in the contest with those hits coming off the bats of Frederique Maloley, Aubree Collins and Amber Smith. The lone GHS runs were scored in the fifth inning by left-fielder Haley Perks. Perks reached base on a Bridgeport error.

Maloley was on the mound for the Lady Cats and suffered the loss. Maloley allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out nine Indian batters.

“We played much better today and defensively did a much better job,” said Coach Cox. “We are improving every day. Our pitching tonight was outstanding, Frederique was great on the mound as she had nine strikeouts,” he added.

The softball team would remain at home on Thursday night as they hosted Lewis County. The Cats would get six hits in the contest but it would not be enough as the Cats would fall to Lewis 10-1.

The GHS hits were credited to Maloley, Collins, Chambers, Curry, Smith and Perks. The lone GHS run was scored by Madelyn Countryman as she was running for the Cather Collins. The GHS run was scored in the sixth inning.

Chambers would return to the hill in this contest as she allowed 16 hits, walked two and struck out two.

“We had too many strikeouts tonight and we need to have more quality at-bats,” said Cox. “We played great in the field, but have to get better in box,” he added.

On Friday night the Cats were much better in the batter’s box as they recorded 13 hits against Tucker County. The Cats would cruise in the contest as they defeated the Mountain Lions 19-11.

Collins led the way for GHS with four hits in four at bats while Maloley and Perks had three hits apiece. The remaining hits were recorded by Maddy Knotts, Curry, Katie Tucker and Gracen Purkey.

The GHS runs were scored by Maloley (5), Knotts, Collins, Curry (2), Ashlyn Zbosnik, Tucker (2), Purkey (3) and Perks (3).

Maloley would get the win on the mound for GHS as she threw five innings before giving way to Chambers to close out the game. The girls combined to allow two hits, eight walks and seven strikeouts.

“We finally were able to get batters to the box and had 13 hits tonight,” said Coach Cox. “We were patient hitting today and did a much better job. Frederique got the win giving up 1 hit and Mia got the save giving up only one hit. We are starting to come together and play the way we can,” he added.

The girls will be back in action tonight as they make the hour long drive to Elkins. The first pitch is schedule for 5:00 p.m.

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