Lady Knights softball honors eighth grade members, closes out season against Elkins


GRAFTON— The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball team hosted the Elkins Lady Hornets this past week in what would be the last game of the season for the Lady Knights and the last game for the eighth graders on the team. 

The night would begin with the eighth-grade celebration. The TCMS Lady Knights will be losing six ladies, as they will be moving to Grafton High School next year. Kaylee Cross, McKayla Poling, Serenitee Swaney, Jenna Toothman, Isabella Hayhurst, and Jeri Wolford will move on to the GHS program next year.  

The Lady Knights would take the field first as the home team with Maddie Blair occupying the mound.

 The home team would hold the Hornets in the first half of the inning, as the stellar defense of the Lady Knights would stop any attempt at offense for the Hornets. 

During the he last half of the inning, the Lady Knights were able to get moving quickly with Ruth Horne earning a walk and subsequent hits by Cross and Swaney that would bring Horne to third, Jeri Wolford was walked to bring home Horne.

A string of wild pitches would have the other girls stealing home and the Lady Knights sitting on a five-run lead at the start of the second inning with the score 5-0 in favor of TCMS. 

Unfortunately, the Lady Knights’ luck wouldn’t hold out, as the Lady Hornets of Elkins would begin a hitting streak that would see them quickly add seven runs to the board and the Knights defense struggle to put together plays. 

The Lady Knights would enter the bottom of the second down two runs with the score now 7-5 in favor of Elkins. 

The bottom of the second inning would be fairly uneventful for the Lady Knights, as they would tack on an additional run keeping the score close with the score 7-6. 

The top and bottom of the fourth inning would see the defenses of both programs make the plays to hold the other off of the score board, as neither team was able to capitalize on bases loaded situations and would close out the fourth inning with the score still 7-6 with Elkins still up by one run.  

The top of the fifth inning the Lady Hornets of Elkins found their stride and would launch a hitting showcase, easily finding the gaps to hit some monster shots that would give them a monumental head of steam to close out the game under the mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth and hand the Lady Knights their final loss of the season with a score of 18-9. 

The Lady Knights’ season has concluded with a record of 3-13. 

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