GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball program had a busy week as they hosted both the Bridgeport Lady Braves and the Lincoln Lady Cats in division play this week.
First up for the Lady Knights would be the Lady Braves of Bridgeport. The Knights would start Maddie Blair on the mound as her consistency in throwing strikes is starting to pay off for the Knights.
The first half of the first inning would bring the Lady Braves to the plate.
The Lady Braves would hit six-line drives during the course of the inning, three of those line drives would score 2 for the Braves and the other three would be handled by the Knights shortstop Jeri Wolford.
The bottom of the first would give the Lady Knights their first lead all year, as Second Baseman Ruth Horne starts off with a walk followed by Maddie Fryer with an RBI double to right field brining home Horne to score, as they traded spots on second base.
Fryer would go on to steal third as heavy hitting powerhouse Kaylee Cross would single to right field brining home Fryer adding an RBI to her stats and brining the score to an even 2-2.
The Lady Braves pitcher would start to get rattled and walk four consecutive Knights batters to score one more before the end of the inning brining the score to 3-2 in favor of the Knights.
The Lady Knights defense would make some costly errors in the second inning as the Lady Braves were able to tack on 5 runs on three errors and four walks and two base hits by the Lady Braves to bring the score to 7-3.
The rest of the game would see the score standing at 8-4 in favor of the Lady Braves until the top of the sixth inning when the Lady Braves would start an unanswered scoring run that ended with the final score 12-4.
“We actually played a good game tonight. We did a lot of things right in this game, but we still are making little costly mistakes on defense that are costing us runs,” stated head coach Chase Setler. “We have a great team, and they are getting better every game.”
The second game of the week would see the Lady Knights hosting the Lady Cats of Shinnston, WV.
The Lady Cats would show up and put on a hitting clinic as they hit the ball hard and often and typically in the gaps as the Lady Cats pounded the Lady Knights to a final score of 14-0 ending the game early in the fifth inning.
“We were hitting the ball also, but just right to their fielders for easy plays. We are starting to come around on our hitting and now our fielding is starting fall in line. I think we will be a different team going forward,” voiced Setler.