GRAFTON— Finding themselves about midway through their season, the Grafton High School Lady Bearcats softball team has had a busy schedule, playing three games this week, and going 1-3.
The Lady Cats opened the week on Tuesday, hitting the road to take on the North Marion Lady Huskies and took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning on a field error.
The Lady Huskies were quick to respond, with Adrianna Floyd knocking in a double and A. Reutter sending her home on a triple, tying the contest 1-1 going into the third.
The third inning concluded with no runs recorded for either team, but when Grafton went to bat at the top of the fourth, another field error scored the team a run, but it would be the fifth inning that would seal the victory for the Lady Bearcats.
Despite the Lady Huskies knocking in two runs during the inning, the Lady Cats earned four of their own and pulled away from North Marion for good.
Grafton would score their final in the sixth inning of play, and claim the 7-3 victory over North Marion.
The contest showcased strong pitching from both sides, as Fredrique Maloley stood on the rubber for the Lady Bearcats, striking out six and only allowing one hit and one run, while the Lady Huskies’ Floyd sat one, allowing two runs and two hits.
Leading in hits for the Lady Cats was Kaileigh Spiker, who went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Remaining the away team for their second game of the week, the Grafton Ladies traveled to Buckhannon looking for another win against the Lady Bucs, and would drop the contest in a heartbreaking conclusion.
The Lady Cats opened strong, recording two runs in the first inning on a triple by Amber Smith, but quickly saw that the Lady Bucs were ready to battle when they recorded three of their own on the next inning.
The contest became a back-and-forth battle, and a nail biting competition as Grafton entered the final inning down three runs.
The team tallied two runs during the inning to bring them within one, but ultimately fell short and the Lady Bucs claimed the 6-7 victory.
Despite the loss, the Lady Bearcats recorded five hits on the bats of Olivia Shaver, Spiker, Mia Chambers, Smith and Abigail Wyer.
Maloley took the loss for Grafton, striking out nine, but allowing 11 hits and seven runs over six innings.
Finally making their way back home after the heartbreaking loss to the Lady Bucs, Grafton met up with the Lewis County Minutemaids on Thursday, and found themselves struggling to make it across home plate in the low scoring affair.
Although the Lady Bearcats earned eight hits on the evening, the team failed to send anyone home, while the Minutemaids led the game 1-0 for the first four innings, and extended their lead in the fifth to 2-0.
Over the next two innings, the pitching on both sides kept the scoring at zero, and action concluded with the Lady Cats dropping the game by two runs.
Pitching for Grafton Mia Chambers, who, despite taking the loss, sat 15, only walked one and allowed just two runs.
Aubree Collins led the Lady Bearcats in hits going 4-for-4.
Team Box Scores GHS vs NM:
AB-32, R-7, H-6, RBI-2, BB-3, SO-3
Team Box Scores GHS vs BU:
AB-27, R-6, H-5, RBI-3, BB-1, SO-3
Team Box Scores GHS vs LCHS:
AB-26, R-0, H-8, RBI-0, BB-0, SO-5