GRAFTON—On Thursday, Grafton High School senior Mia Chambers, took to the mound for the Lady Bearcats, and led her team to victory, not allowing the Elkins Tigers to earn a single run.
Grafton scored three runs in both the second and third innings to give them the early six run advantage; an advantage they refused to give up.
Contributing to the three runs in the third were Lady Cats Ashlyn Zbosnik and Savanna Wyckoff, who connected for singles at the plate, and Gracen Purkey, who made it home on a walk.
On the evening, Chambers would only allow two hits for the Tigers, and struck out ten, making way for her team to secure the 9-0 victory, before entering sectional play.
Leading at the plate for Grafton were Aubree Collins, who recorded two hits, and Fredrique Maloley with three hits on four at bats.
With the blowout victory against Elkins under their belt, the Lady Bearcats, sitting at a season record of 17-11, entered the first round of sectional play, yesterday, as they hosted the Indians of Berkeley Springs.
Unfortunately, the Lady Cats were unable to hang on and lost the lead late, giving the Indians a final 7-3 advantage.
With the contest tied at 3 going into the seventh inning of play, after a Jordan Niggemyer double, Indian team member Justina Vann drew a walk, scoring the first of four runs for her team, during that frame.
Although Grafton was out- swinging Berkeley Springs seven to five, the team found difficulties in making it home.
Maloley took the loss for the Lady Bearcats. She went nine innings allowing five hits and seven runs, while sitting 14.
Kaileigh Spiker and Maloley led the batting efforts for Grafton, each collecting two hits.
With the 7-3 loss, the Lady Cats will play the loser of a Keyser/Berkeley Springs matchup on Thursday on the road.
Individual Box Scores (GHS vs Tigers):
K. Spiker: AB-4, R-0, H-1, RBI-3, BB-0, SO-0, M. Chambers: AB-1, R-0, H-0, RBI-0, BB-2, SO-0, A. Wyer: AB-0, R-1, H-0, RBI-0, BB-0, SO-0, M. Shaver: AB-2, R-1, H-0, RBI-0, BB-01, SO-1, A. Smith: AB-3, R-1, H-1, RBI-0, BB-1, SO-1, F. Maloley: AB-4, R-3,H-3, RBI-0, BB-0, SO-0, A. Collins: AB-4, R-0, H-2, RBI-3, BB-0, SO-0, G. Purkey: AB-2, R-1, H-0,RBI-0, BB-1, SO-0, S. Wyckoff: AB-2, R-1, H-1, RBI-1,BB-1, SO-1, A. Zbosnik: AB-2, R-1,H-1, RBI-1, BB-0, SO-1
Individual Box Scores (GHS vs Indians):
K. Spiker: AB-4, R-0, H-2, RBI-0, BB-0, SO-0, M. Chambers: AB-4, R-0, H-0, RBI-0, BB-0, SO-0, J. Niggemyer: AB-4, R-0, H-1, RBI-2, BB-0, SO-0, A. Smith: AB-4, R-0, H-1, RBI-0, BB-0, SO-1, F. Maloley: AB-3, R-2,H-2, RBI-0, BB-1, SO-0, A. Collins: AB-4, R-1, H-1, RBI-1, BB-0, SO-1, G. Purkey: AB-4, R-0, H-0,RBI-0, BB-0, SO-0, S. Wyckoff: AB-3, R-0, H-0, RBI-0,BB-0, SO-0, A. Zbosnik: AB-4, R-0,H-0, RBI-0, BB-0, SO-2.