GRAFTON – The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball hosted the East Fairmont Lady Hornets this past week in a rematch of a very close game played the week before in which the Lady Hornets proved victorious in that match-up with the final 12-15. This week would tell a different tale, as the Lady Knights hit the field fired up and ready to win.
The Lady Knights would take the field first, as the home team with Maddie Blair occupying the circle for the Lady Knights backed up by solid defense to provide a cushion for the rookie pitcher.
The first half of the inning would see the Lady Hornets string together a surprising effort of hits and solid base running, as a couple of unforced errors would give the Lady Hornets a three-run lead after the first half of the opening inning.
The Lady Knights would put together a stellar offense powered by the bats of Isabella Hayhurst and Serenity Swaney. The pair would combine to four runs in the bottom of the first to win the inning and reach the second inning up by one 4-3.
The second inning would see the Lady Hornets going three up and three down as the strong defense of the Lady Knights would grind any attempt of their offense to a halt.
The bottom of the second would see the Lady Knights threaten with Ruth Horne on third but unable to capitalize. As the third inning approached the score remained 4-3 in favor of the Lady Knights.
After an uneventful top of the third inning the Lady Hornets of East Fairmont would once again be thwarted by the precise defense of the Lady Knights. The bottom of the third would see the Lady Knights really open up the score.
The inning would begin with Swaney being walked. Knights second baseman Jeri Wolford would then smoke a triple out to deep center filed bringing home Swaney.
During the next exchange, Wolford would steal home and bring the score to 6-3.
TCMS would be far from finishing this inning, as speedsters Lydia Wildrout and Kaylee Cross would combine to add two more on solid hits, as the Lady Knights exited the third with the score 8-3.
The Lady Hornets would begin a scoring run late in the top of the fourth that put them within striking distance of the Lady Knights, as they would combine to add four runs on a two-out rally with the score 7-8.
As the bottom of the fourth approached the Lady Knights would begin an epic scoring run that would start fast with Swaney blistering a triple to left center and Wolford hitting a sacrifice fly to bring her home.
The pitcher for the Lady Hornets started to get shaky and would walk the next few batters, as the Knights would start a hitting streak with Horne, Maddie Fryer, Cross, Swaney, Isabella Hayhurst and Wolford all adding hits and runs to the board to end the bottom of the fourth to gain a seven run advantage with a score of 14-7.
The Lady Hornets would be able to tack on one more run but unfortunately, it wouldn’t be enough as time would not be in their favor and they game was called due to the late hour.
The Lady Knights celebrated their second win of the season with a final score of 14-8.
TCMS will be in action again this week as they travel to face the Lady Bulldogs of Doddridge County.