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Lady Knights garner three wins in three games

Three games played; three games won. That was the Lady Knights’ week. On Monday, with Cassidy Heavener on the mound, Braxton defeated Robert L. Bland 10-2 in five innings. In that game, Amber Frame went 2 for 3, including a double, and had two RBIs. Grace Hefner and Beth Ramsey were both 3 for 3 with two RBIs. The Lady Knights stole nine bases against RLB. Coach William Shahan pointed out that his team has played four games and has a total of 30 stolen bases.
In Saturday’s tournament at Robert C. Byrd, the Lady Knights played two games. In the first, they shut out Taylor County 11-0. Heavener pitched that game. Top hitters included Abby Wilmoth, 2 for 3 with three stolen bases and Ramsey, 2 for 2. Frame had two hits in three at-bats and drove in five runs. Taylor Armstrong went 2 for 3.
Braxton defeated Robert L. Bland 14-4 in three innings in their second game. Kira Riffle pitched 1 2/3 innings against RLB, and Wilmoth relieved her. In that game Heavener was 2 for 3 with three steals, while Frame went 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Kristen Shaffer drove in three runs with a 2 for 3 performance.
Last night the Lady Knights, now 3-1, had a home game against Walton, and tomorrow night they go to Summersville.

Eagles win one of four baseball games

Struggling with pitching problems, too many errors, and inconsistent hitting, the Eagles had only one win last week. That came Thursday night against Calhoun.
In the first game Braxton played last week, the Clay Panthers defeated their visitors 11-1 in a short game. Seth Backus was the starting pitcher and Braden Poling went in as relief. Both had control problems.
The Eagles came up with a 10-3 victory over Calhoun Thursday night in a five-inning game halted because of bad weather. In that game, starting pitcher Nathan Shaffer struck out six in four innings. Dusty Woodward took the mound in the fifth inning. He recorded one strikeout. Offensively, the Eagles were led by Shaffer, who was 2 for 3 with a double, and Chase Oney, 1 for 2 with a triple.
Saturday’s doubleheader against Liberty of Harrison saw Braxton with two more losses. I the first game, which Liberty won 12-2, Here, too, pitching was an issue. Brent McMillion, the starting pitcher, threw for three innings. Oney pitched the fourth, and Adam Barnett the fifth and one-third of the sixth. Shaffer and Oney scored Braxton’s runs. Woodward drove in Oney, and Shaffer scored on an error on the catcher. The Eagles had only two hits in the game.
Liberty won the second game 5—4. In that game, Braxton’s defense had a stronger game. Leading hitters included Ben Fincham who was 2 for 3, including a triple, and scored two runs. Shaffer was 1 for 1 and walked twice. The Eagles had six hits.
This week is a full one for the Eagles. After a game at Gilmer last night, they host Webster tonight and Clay tomorrow night. Friday, Braxton has a road game at South Harrison. They play Lincoln here Saturday.

BCHS Lady Eagles play in
high-scoring games

In the six softball games the Lady Eagles played last week, the winning team scored 10 points or more in five. Of those games, Braxton emerged the winner in three.
Tuesday’s 13-12 win against Doddridge came in a game which Coach Jerry Frame said “went back and forth through the first six innings.” In the seventh inning, the Lady Eagles scored four runs and held the home team through the bottom of the seventh for the win. Logan Bragg was Braxton’s starting pitcher, and Makila Carr finished.
A 30-10 win over Clay came in Braxton’s first game Wednesday. Once again Bragg and Carr teamed up for the pitching duties. However, in a second game, Sissonville outscored Braxton 8-0. Tiffany Conrad was on the mound for the Eagles in that game.
Braxton defeated Calhoun 14-4 Thursday in a three-inning game. Conrad took the mound first, and Carr came in as relief. A doubleheader Saturday ended with the Lady Eagles’ losing both games. In the first one, Ravenswood shut out Braxton 18-0. The Lady Red Devils took the second game 10-5. Makila Carr and Montana Carr shared pitching duties in game one. Conrad went the entire second game. Coach Frame, commenting on the week, noted that Braxton’s pitchers “had some control problems.” He added, “We have to remember, though, that these girls are first-year varsity pitchers.”
Braxton was at Gilmer last night. Tonight the Lady Eagles host Webster in a doubleheader, and tomorrow night they play Bridgeport in another home game. Friday they travel to South Harrison.





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