Late inning runs bring up double header wins for Lady ‘Cats


BERKELEY SPRINGS— After falling behind and going without a run throughout the first four, the Lady Bearcats put on a big fifth inning, tallying five runs to tie the game and ultimately claim victory over Berkeley Springs, during the second game of a double header. 

Berkeley Springs got on the board early, scoring two runs in the opening inning, and continued this trend into the second, scoring two more. 

While Grafton remained scoreless, Berkeley managed to run another one in during the third to lead the contest 5-0. 

With a quiet, scoreless fourth from both ends, Lady ‘Cats Ava Schommer-klebe, Kaileigh Spiker and Frederique Maloley would be the starting spark for Grafton, triggering the offensive onslaught, all sending runners home with RBIs in the inning. 

Gracen Purkey would also be explosive for the Lady Bearcats.

Purkey went five for five at the plate on the day, doubling in the first, singling in the third, recording two singles in the fifth and another in the seventh.

With the game tied 5-5 going into the sixth, Grafton fell off balance a bit, allowing Berkeley Springs to regain a three-run lead, but recovered nicely in the seventh with three runs of their own, while this time, their opponent failed to add any runs. 

The fate of the game would be decided in the eighth and final inning, as the teams continued to battle it out, Grafton earned the edge, recording four additional runs, while Berkeley only added two, resulting in the Lady ‘Cats receiving the hard-fought, come-from-behind, 12-10 win. 

Lillie Crimm started the game in the circle for the Lady Bearcats, pitching nearly three innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and striking out one. 

However, Maloley is credited with the win for Grafton, as she struck out nine and walked just one, lasting nearly six innings, only allowing six hits and five runs. 

The Lady ‘Cats recorded 19 hits on the day, with runs being scored by Maloley (2), Purkey (2), Amber Smith, Abby Wyer, Schommer-klebe, Spiker, Mattie Shaver (2) and Savannah Wyckoff (2).

During the first contest on the day, the Lady Bearcats and Berkeley Springs stayed pretty evenly matched, tied at 2 after the first inning. 

Berkeley Springs would pull away in the second, outscoring Grafton 6-4, but the Lady ‘Cats would pull out the win with four runs in the fifth and five in the eighth for a final of 16-11 in favor of Grafton. 

Grafton’s 16 runs were scored off 13 hits, including a first-ever home run from Schommer-klebe in the sixth inning. 

Maloley led the team with four runs, while Smith and Wyckoff added three and Purkey contributed two. 

Schommer-klebe, Garrah Lindsey, Crimm and Shaver are each credited with one run. 

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