KINGWOOD—The Grafton High School softball team was back out on the road last Tuesday night as they traveled to King,wood to face the Lady Knights of Preston High School. The Grafton Lady Cats scored three in the first and eight more in the next few innings, dominating Preston 13—2 in six innings.
Madison Knotts led the Cats with three hits in the game. The remaining GHS hits were recorded by Frederique Maloley (2), Aubree Collins, Mia Chambers, Haley Curry, Katie Tucker, Lanie Rush and Haley Perks.
The GHS runs were scored by Maloley (4), Knotts (2), Olivia Shaver, Madelyn Countryman (2), Curry, Tucker, Rush and Perks.
Chambers got the start on the mound for GHS as she recorded another win on the season. Chambers allowed two runs on four hits, walked one batter and had two strikeouts.
On Thursday the Cats returned home to face Big Ten opponent Fairmont Senior. The teams would play close into the third inning when the Polar Bears would break the game wide open with four runs and go on to defeat GHS 7-1.
The Cats would be held to just one hit in the game, coming off the bat of Gracen Purkey with a single in the seventh inning. The lone Grafton run was scored by Knotts in the first inning as she reached base on an error by the short-stop.
Maloley got the start on the hill for Grafton allowing seven runs on three hits, walked two and struck out seven.
“We had excellent pitching, but just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” said head coach Tyler Cox.
On Friday the Lady Cats packed their overnight bags and headed for Keyser. They would face Keyser High School in the first game of the Ron Mathis Tournament.
Once again the Cats would play close for the first couple of innings but they allowed Keyser to score at will in the third inning as GHS goes on to lose 12-4.
Tucker and Maloley would lead the offensive attack for GHS with two hits apiece. The remaining GHS hits were credited to Collins and Curry. The lone hit on the day for Collins was a big one as she recorded her first homerun of her varsity career at the ball traveled over the right-center field fence.
The GHS runs were scored by Shaver, Collins, Maloley and Knotts.
“We have to keep working and getting better,” said Coach Cox. “You can see improvement in all of the players as we continue to play,” he added.
The next contest at the tournament was against Frankfort. The GHS girls played hard but Frankfort was just too much as the Cats would fall 8-0.
Maloley would get the only two GHS hits in the contest as she recorded a double in the third inning and a single in the fifth.
Chambers and Maloley would both see time on the mound for GHS as they combined to allow eight runs on seven hits, walked three and struck out three.
On the last day of the tournament the Lady Cats would take on the Lady Knights of Preston once again. The Cats would once again get the best of the Knights as GHS runs away with the game 10-3.
Maloley would once again lead the Cats with three hits in the game. The rest of the GHS hits came off the bats of Knotts (2), Collins (2), Chambers (2), Curry (2), Tucker (2) and Amber Smith (2).
The GHS runs were scored by Maloley (3), Knotts, Collins, Countryman (2), Curry, Smith and Perks.
Maloley and Chambers would once again team up for the pitching duties for GHS as they combined to allow three runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out two.
“We started slow, but the girls responded and started hitting the ball and great things happened,” said Coach Cox.
The girls will be back in action tonight, at home against North Marion.
They will also be hosting the Bearcat Bash sponsored by Toothman Ford this Saturday with Philip Barbour, Preston, and Hampshire visiting on the 20th.
A full day of softball with Grafton vs PB at 9am, PB vs Hampshire at 11am, PB vs Preston at 1pm, Grafton vs Hampshire at 3pm, Preston vs Hampshire at 5pm and at 7pm will be Grafton vs Preston.
“We would like to thank Toothman Ford for allowing us to have “A day at the park” for everyone to come out and enjoy and full day of softball. Thanks to Toothman Ford’s support and generosity, there will be NO admission cost for any game,” said Coach Cox