Lady Cats open season 1-2 after busy weekend start

TAYLOR COUNTY— The Lady Bearcat Softball team is off to a 1-2 start on their season, splitting a double header, and taking an 11-5 loss in Fairmont. 

The Grafton High School softball program officially got their season underway on Saturday afternoon with double header action. 

The Lady Cats first hit the field against Parkersburg South. 

After a rather quiet first inning, Parkersburg would be the first to get on the board in the second, with Shawnee Eddy earning the single. 

Grafton would again go without a run in the second, but ran in two during the third, with Parkersburg staying on top by one. 

The fourth inning saw Grafton tie the contest at 3-3, however, four sixth inning runs sealed victory for Parkersburg. 

During the  two innings, the Lady Cats knocked in three runs, but unfortunately it left them shy of the win, and they dropped their first game 7-6. 

Senior Frederique Maloley toed the rubber for Grafton, taking the loss over six innings, resulting in seven runs on 13 hits, with two strikeouts. 

The Lady Bearcats recorded 17 hits collected by Amber Smith, Gracen Purkeym Ava Schommer-klebe, Abby Wyer, Maloley, Jade Hall and Jordan Niggemyer. 

Runs were earned by Grafton’s Smith (1), Maloley (2), Lillie Crimm (1) and Wyer (2). 

After a short break, the Lady Bearcats recuperated and went right back to bat in what would end up being a successful, high scoring affair. 

Knocking in four runs in the second, Grafton led Buckhannon-Upshur (BU) 4-1 going into the third inning. 

However, after going scoreless over the following two innings, BU caught up to the Lady Cats, tying play at four all. 

Through an intense fifth, the game remained tied as each team would earn one run during the frame. 

Over the course of the sixth and seventh innings, the Lady Cats outscored BU 4-2, with a homer by Crimm during the top of the seventh, to earn the 9-7 victory. 

Maloley and Crimm split time on the mound, with Crimm starting the game for Grafton allowing four runs on four hits and striking out three over four innings. 

Seasoned pithed Maloley wrapped things up for the Lady Bearcats, allowing five hits, and three runs over three innings while striking out three. 

During the action against BU, Grafton collected 12 hits at the bats of Kaileigh Spiker, Smith, Maloley, Crimm, Schommer-klebe, Hall and Savanna Wyckoff.

Then, in a quick turnaround, the Lady Cats started their week off traveling to Fairmont to meet up with the East Fairmont High School Lady Bees, where they suffered an 11-5 loss after East earned eight runs over the course of the third and fourth innings, where Grafton came up short with five over the two frames. 

After a scoreless fifth, the Lady Bees ran three more in during the sixth, capitalizing on all 11 hits for the win. 

Niggemyer, Smith, Crimm, Purkey and Wyer are attributed for the Lady Cats’ five runs.

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