Lady Colts drop contest to LCHS Minutemaids

PHILIPPI — Philip Barbour answered a 1-0 lead by Lewis County High School Monday to have a 2-1 advantage heading into the second inning. The 2 Big 10 Conference foes went scoreless over the next two stanzas, before Lewis went on for an 8-3 victory on the sandlot.

After four complete innings in the books, Lewis County was up, 4-3, over PBHS. Visiting LCHS picked up a run in the fifth, and batted 3 more runs across the plate in the sixth to secure a road victory.

“We fielded the ball well against a high-powered Lewis County offense,” PBHS coach Rob Simon said. “We pitched around some of their better hitting threats, but we gave up too much of the plate to some they capitalized on those mistakes.

“We are young on the mound and against good hitting teams, they made us pay,” he said. “Our goal was to keep the ball on our side of the fence, but their 3 home runs accounted for the 5-run difference. Take away those 3 home runs, and we have a 3-3 ball game.”

Morgan Riffle with 2 home runs, and Paije Bragg with a solo shot over the fence at the Colts’ Corral, paced the Minutemaids. Riffle with 3, and Bragg with 2, led Lewis County in the RBI department as well.

Alexis Hudson went 7 innings on the mound to pick up the win with 8 strikeouts, 7 hits, 3 runs, only one earned as Hudson tossed out the victory for Lewis County.

Sarah Jones inked a double, and 2 RBI for the Lady Colts. Katey Gallo pitched in with a run batted in for Philip Barbour.

The Colts are slated for additional Big 10 action today at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School (B-UHS home softball field is there) where they will face the home standing Lady Bucs early on. PB also is scheduled to face North Marion in the night cap.