It was a quality win over a quality opponent on Friday night at the Logan High School Softball Complex as the host Lady Cats blanked Point Pleasant, 1-0, in a battle of Class AAA regional powers.
Logan improved to 2-0 on the season. The Lady Cats had opened with a 3-2 road win at South Charleston.
Point Pleasant lost for the first time this year and fell to 3-1.
Logan, trying to improve on last year’s disappointing 12-18 season, are off to a good start this spring.
Hana Sedlock pitched a complete game shutout for Logan within the circle. She scattered six hits while striking out one and walking two.
Point Pleasant’s Karissa Cochran was tagged with the loss on the hill for the Lady Knights. She allowed just one run and two hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
The Lady Cats plated their only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
With the game scoreless, Sedlock helped her own cause with a leadoff single. She was then replaced on the basepaths by courtesy runner Allison Click.
Click went to second on third baseman Sam Curry’s sacrifice bunt and took third on a pass ball. She then scored on first baseman Kiana Hill’s RBI sac fly to center.
Point Pleasant threatened in the top of the sixth inning as Makinley Higginbottom led off with a hard smashing double to center.
With no outs and a runner on second, the Lady Knights seemed to be in business.
But then Cochran hit into an unlikely double play as she grounded hard to Curry at third and was tossed out at first. Higginbottom then made a move for third just as Curry threw to first. Logan first baseman Hill, however, fired quickly to shortstop Taylor Napier, who was covering the base. Taylor then tagged a sliding Higginbottom for the double play.
It was a controversial call on the Point Pleasant side as the out signal came way late from the home plate umpire.
Sedlock then got Madison Barker to bounce out to the mound to end the inning.
Sedlock then sat down Point Pleasant one, two, three in the top of the seventh to end the game.
Logan’s only other hit was a two-out double by catcher Chastidy Wiley in the fourth.
Megan Hammond was 2-for-3 to lead the Lady Knights. Barker and Payton Fetty added doubles.
The Lady Knights had runners in scoring position in the second, third and fourth innings but failed to score.
Logan also turned a double play in the fifth.
Lady Cats’ coach Randy Robinette said it was a good win and confidence builder for his team.
“It was a quality win against a quality opponent,” Robinette said. “They are very very good and they are one of the better teams in the state of West Virginia. We got outstanding defense tonight and it was a great pitching job by Sedlock. We did what we had to do to win. We were able to scratch out a run with a bunt, pass ball and a sac fly to win. It was 1-0 and it was a great game. It’s the way the game ought to be played. It was a fascinating win for us to be as young as we are and to play as well as we did. We did a fantastic job. It was a great job to just be our second game.”
Logan was scheduled to return to action on Saturday at Scott, weather permitting.
Then on Monday at 6 p.m., the Lady Cats have another big one as Class AAA sectional rival St. Albans comes to LHS.
“That will be another good one. We’ll see what happens,” Robinette said.