PARKERSBURG—The Grafton High School softball team competed in the “Sluggerfest” tournament last weekend in Parkersburg. The girls had three solid days of baseball in fact they played a total of five games in the three day event.
First up for the Lady Cats was Spring Valley who would eventually become the number one seed in the Saturday elimination round. The girls battle and played hard according to head coach Tyler Cox but their effort was not enough as the Cats would fall to Spring Valley 10-0 in four innings.
The Cats would record four hits in the contest with the hits coming off the bats of Frederique Maloley, Aubree Collins, Katie Tucker and Haley Perks.
Mia Chambers was on the mound for GHS as she allowed five hits and two walks in the contest.
The next game for GHS would be against Webster County. The Cats would dominate this game as they defeated Webster 12-2.
Maloley would be perfect from the plate for GHS as she recorded four hits during her four at bats that included two singles, a double and a homerun. The remaining GHS hits were credited to Haley Phillips, Chambers, Anna Stottlemyer, Lanie Rush, Madison Knotts, Amber Smith, Gracen Purkey, Olivia Shaver, Madelyn Countryman (2) and Perks.
The GHS runs were scored by Maloley, Haley Curry, Collins, Chambers, Stottlemyer, Knotts, Smith, Purkey (2), Shaver and Perks.
Maloley got the start on the mound in game two. She allowed eight hits, two walks and had six strikeouts.
“We played great and we put the bat on the ball,” said Coach Cox. “We managed 15 hits. Frederique led the game off with a first pitch homerun to set the tone for the game. Everyone got an opportunity to play and hit and all took advantage. Defensively we only had one error. It was a really good game for us to see what we are capable of doing. We need repetitions,” he added.
The next game for the Lady Cats was against Coal Grove out of Ohio. The Cats fell behind early and could not catch up as they fell to Coal Grove 11-0 in three innings.
The only Cat to find the base paths for GHS was Collins as she was hit by a pitch in the first inning.
Chambers took her turn on the hill for GHS as she allowed 13 hits, allowed only one walk and struck out two batters.
“They were a very good hitting team and we couldn’t get the bat on the ball. We didn’t have any errors, this team was solid,” said Cox.
The Bearcats would draw Parkersburg South in the first round of the tournament. Once again the girls fell behind early and could not dig their way out. The Cats fell to Parkersburg South 10-0.
The Cats would be held to one hit in the contest and that hit came off the bat of Maloley.
Maloley got the loss on the mound for GHS as she allowed eight hits, two walks and recorded three strikeouts.
“We put ourselves in a hole in the first inning and couldn’t battle out of it,” said Coach Cox.
The Cats would pick up one more game while in Parkersburg. The last opponent for GHS was Lincoln County. The Cats hung tough for two innings but Lincoln County was too much as the Cats lost the last game of the weekend 15-4.
The Lady Cats managed seven hits in the game with those hits coming from Maloley, Collins, Chambers, Curry, Smith and Perks (2).
The GHS runs were scored by Maloley, Collins, Smith and Perks.
Chambers got the loss for GHS on the mound as she allowed 17 hits, three walks and struck out one batter.
“After the tournament, we picked up a game with Lincoln County while we were there,” said Coach Cox. “The first two innings both teams played really good softball, then we gave up some in the third, but we battled back with some of our own. Then they made a push in the 4th and we couldn’t respond with enough. We ran out of gas. We had been playing and traveling since Thursday. We were worn out. However, we got some great experiences that we will use in upcoming games. The ladies learned a lot and I am very proud of them,” he added.
The girls were back in action last night as they hosted Bridgeport and then return to action on Thursday against RCB. The RCB contest will begin at 5:00 p.m.