KEYSER – The Grafton High School softball team opened their sectional tournament last week as they traveled two hours east to face Keyser. The Cats could not establish any offense on the day as they go scoreless and lose to Keyser 9-0.
The only hit in the contest for GHS came in the second inning when Amber Smith reached on an infield single.
Mia Chambers got the start on the hill for GHS as she threw four innings allowing six runs on seven hits. Walking two and struck out one.
Frederique Maloley came in for relief after the fourth inning. Maloley allowed three runs on two hits, walked two and struck out one.
“We had too many errors to overcome that opened up the game for Keyser and we just couldn’t get a hit,” said head coach Tyler Cox.
With the loss the Cats dropped to the loser’s bracket and had to make a trip to Philippi to take on the Lady Colts.
The Cats played a solid game against the Colts but in the end the Colts were too much for the Cats as GHS falls 8-3.
Maddy Knotts and Chambers led the Lady Cats with two hits apiece. The remaining hits came off the bats of Maloley and Haley Curry.
The GHS runs were scored by Maloley, Curry and Smith.
Maloley got the start for GHS as she went five and two thirds innings allowing seven runs on five hits.
Chambers came in to pitch the rest of the way for GHS as she allowed one run on one hit, striking out one.
“We played great and hit the ball,” said Coach Cox. “We just had an inning that we didn’t play well and it cost us. The ladies got better throughout the year and with a young team that will be a big plus in the future. We were getting consistent in our play and more confident hitting. We had a good year with a lot experience. We will use that experience into the summer and fall, and next spring we should be ready to go,” he added.
With the loss the Cats were eliminated from the tournament and brought their season to an end.