GRAFTON—The TCMS Lady Knights girls’ softball team fielded a rematch against the Lady Mountain Lions of Mountaineer Middle School in Harrison County on May 6.
The first matchup of these teams happened back in April with the Mountain Lions winning by an insurmountable number of runs. The Lady Knights were looking for retribution heading into this match up.
The Lady Mountain Lions struck early in the top of the first scoring one run. The Lady Knights would match the run when their turn came up in the bottom of the first with the score at an even 1-1.
The second, third and fourth innings would see much of the same as a tit-for-tat battle emerged with each team matching hit for hit and strikeout for strikeout with the score all tied up at the bottom of the fourth at 2-2.
As the Mountain Lions approached the plate at the top of the fifth as they began an onslaught of manufactured runs that would move the needle as they added four runs in one half-inning to take a commanding lead at the end of the fifth the score stood at 6-2.
The sixth inning would be quiet on both sides as the pitchers from both teams found their footing and shut down any would be hitters.
This all changes in the top of the seventh as the Mountain Lions put up two early hits putting runners on second and third for the cleanup hitter Riley Pearlman who rocketed one deep into right field bringing home two RBI’s and an in the park homerun for herself as the score widened with the Mountain Lions adding some insurance runs 9-2.
With one last chance to score some runs and just one out remaining the hopes of a two out rally by the Lady Knights would be dashed as a controversial call from the baserunning umpire would abruptly end the game for the Lady Knights as they suffer a loss to the Lady Mountain Lions with a final score of 9-2.
“We went into the game against Mountaineer with a huge chip on our shoulder after our first game 21-6 loss. We were determined to take it the distance and show them we are not a 21-6 ball club. We didn’t come away with the win, but we did prove our point and show that are girls are getting better every game. We played amazing defense the entire game but unfortunately, we didn’t get our bats to wake up last night. I made a few mistakes yesterday on sending girls to extra bases a couple of times which possibly cost us a few runs. I should have walked Pearlman when she was up to bat her last time as she was due for a big hit. I just didn’t think it would be a base clearing in the park homerun, so those things are on me. The girls did terrific and when they got down they played with the same grit and determination as if they were in the lead and I couldn’t ask for more” Head Coach Joe Mauller stated after the game.
The Lady Knights will be in action again on May 11 against Doddridge County.