Mountain Statesman | Late-inning runs bring double-header wins for Lady ‘Cats

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BERKELEY SPRINGS — After falling behind and scoreless throughout the first four, the Lady Bearcats played a great fifth inning, tallying five runs to tie the game and ultimately claim victory over Berkeley Springs, in Game 2 of a double header.

Berkeley Springs came on the board early, scoring two runs in the first inning, and continued that trend in the second, scoring two more runs.

As Grafton went scoreless, Berkeley managed to run another in the third to lead the contest 5-0.

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

Gracen Purkey would also be explosive for the Lady Bearcats.

Purkey went five-for-five at home plate that day, doubling in the first, singular in the third, recording two singles in the fifth and another in the seventh.

With the game tied 5-5 heading into the sixth, Grafton lost his balance a bit, allowing Berkeley Springs to reclaim a three-point lead, but recovered nicely in the seventh with three, as this times, their opponent failed. to add tracks.

The game would be decided in the eighth and final innings, as the teams continued to battle it out, Grafton took the lead, recording four more runs, while Berkeley added just two, which allowed the Lady ‘Cats to receive the hard-fought, come-from-behind, 12-10 victory.

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

However, Maloley is credited with Grafton’s victory, as she struck out nine and walked just one, going nearly six innings, allowing just six hits and five runs.

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

In the first game of the day, the Lady Bearcats and Berkeley Springs remained tied, tied at 2 after the first inning.

Berkeley Springs would retire in the second, beating Grafton 6-4, but the Lady ‘Cats would take the win with four runs in the fifth and five in the eighth for a 16-11 finish in favor of Grafton.

Grafton’s 16 runs came on 13 hits, including a first-ever Schommer-klebe homer in the sixth inning.

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

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

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