Lady Cats host Bearcat Bash


GRAFTON—The Grafton High School softball team held their annual Bearcat Bash last Saturday, as they welcomed teams from Philip Barbour, Preston and Wirt County.

In game one of the Bash, the Cats faced Big Ten foe Philip Barbour. The early morning game saw the Cats falling to the Colts15—0.

The Lady Cats had six hits in the contest, coming from Frederique Maloley, Aubree Collins (2), Mia Chambers, Haley Curry and Gracen Purkey.

Maloley got the start for GHS, as she threw all three innings allowing 15 runs on eight hits walked nine and struck out two.

“All I can say is that we lost our minds at times,” said head coach Tyler Cox. “We just have a way of putting ourselves in a hole we couldn’t get out of,” he added.

In game two of the Bash, the Bearcats turned the tables, but this time, it was against Preston High School. The Cats scored 12 runs in the first inning and never looked back as they cruised to a 20—4 win.

Maddy Knotts and Collins led the way for GHS, recording three hits apiece.

The remaining hits came off the bats of Maloley, Ashlyn Zbosnik, Collins (2), Lanie Rush, Madelyn Countryman, Purkey, Haley Perks and Olivia Shaver.

The GHS runs were scored by Zbosnik (4), Maloley (3), Knotts (3), Shaver (3), Chambers, Curry (2), Rush, Countryman, Purkey and Perks.

Chambers threw all three innings for GHS, allowing four runs on four hits, walked one and struck out two.

“We hit the ball and played much better in the field and in the batter’s box,” said Coach Cox. “I would like to thank Toothman Ford for sponsoring our event. I would also like to thank Wirt County for coming to play. Hampshire had to cancel and Wirt County stepped in. They could only play two games, so we didn’t get a chance to play them. I would also like to thank our parents and volunteers for a great day in the park. They took care of food for the teams all day long and made goodie bags for them as well. We had a field crew that made the field look like a new one at the beginning of each game, and all games were announced all day long. We couldn’t have done it without our parents. There were a lot of them at the field on Friday night until 11:30 getting things ready” he added.

On Monday the Cats were back on the road this time at Lincoln. It was a tight game but in the end the Cougars where the dominate cats on the night as they defeated GHS 4-0.

The only hit in the contest for GHS came in the sixth inning when Chambers singled on an infield hit.

Chambers got the start on the mound for GHS as she allowed four runs on five hits and walked one batter.

Maloley came in for relief for GHS as she did not allow a runs but allowed one hit and walked two Cougars.

“We made a few mistakes, but overall played great defensively. The effort was there and we are getting better. I was very happy with our play,” Cox added.

Late last week the Cats fell to sectional foe Berkeley Springs 8 to 2.

The girls will be back in action tonight as they travel to Tucker County for a 5:30 first pitch.

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