TCMS steals another victory with 25 runs in five innings


GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball program hosted the Lady Colts of Phillip-Barbour Middle School on Thursday. 

In a high scoring shoot out the Lady Knights would emerge victorious over the newly formed Lady Colts program as both teams were able to mount plenty of offense in the affair as the game ended early in the fifth with a final score of 25-17. 

The Knights would be starting this game minus most of their starting lineup.

The Lady Knights stalwart pitching phenom Maddie Blair would occupy the circle for the Lady Knights where she would log 8 strikeouts and 10 walks while giving up 14 hits on the night.

The rookies of the Lady Knights softball team would step up in a mighty way as they filled the shoes of the starters. Beth Fleagle would hold down right field for the missing Kaylee Cross and would go on to put out two players on two fantastic catches on the night. Jenna Toothman and Sage Sargent would make their presence known at the plate as they helped the team capture their third victory of the season.  

The game would begin with a three up and three down scenario for the Lady Colts in which the Lady Knights would capitalize on scoring five unanswered run off the bat of 8th grade sensation Serenity Swaney who would clear the bases with a triple blasted to left center and end the inning 5-0 in favor of the Lady Knights. 

The Lady Colts would threaten in the second brining the score to 3-5 as pitcher Maddie Blair was able to shut down their offense late in the inning. 

After an uneventful third inning which would see both sides add a little to their score the wild fourth inning would tell the tale for both teams as the Lady Knights would put together a flurry of hits and walks to begin a massive scoring run led by the bat of Serenity Swaney as she would hit her first homerun of the season a grand slam to deep center as the bases cleared and the dust settled the score at the bottom of the fourth would be 20-8 in favor of the Lady Knights. 

The Lady Colts wasn’t finished yet as they would mount a comeback in the top of the fifth as mounting errors plagued the Lady Knights in the field and pitching started to tire. The last out of the fifth brought the score to a whopping 20-17 still in the Knights favor. 

The Knights would come out swinging in the bottom of the fifth and would add five more runs to end the game early with the eight-run rule and take home the win. 

The TCMS Lady Knights will be celebrating eighth grade night this Friday as they will close the season against Elkins. 

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