POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The Big Blacks survive a late rally to earn sixth victory of the year.
The visiting Wayne baseball team marked three runs over the final three innings of Monday night’s non-conference matchup in Mason County, but it wasn’t enough and Point Pleasant took the 6-3 triumph.
The Big Blacks (6-3) posted three runs in the bottom of the first inning and added two more in the home half of the second. Wayne cut the deficit to three runs with a pair of scores in the top of the fifth but PPHS answered with a marked in the bottom of the inning. The Pioneers added a run in the top of the sixth but couldn’t complete the comeback and Point Pleasant claimed the 6-3 win.
Austen Toler was the winning pitcher for the Big Blacks after throwing four innings of no-hit, shutout baseball. Jeremy Tate earned the save after throwing three innings in relief, in which he allowed three runs on two hits. Toler stuck out seven and walked four, while Tate struck out three and walked two.
Mikey Perry was the losing pitcher for Wayne after throwing six runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three.
Alex Somerville led the Big Blacks with a pair of triples, followed by Evan Potter with a homerun. Russell had a triple, while Toler and Tate each singled. Somerville and Potter each scored twice, while Matt Richardson and Abe Stearns each crossed the plate once. Russell’s two runs batted in and Potter drove in one.
Brad Sharp and Kodie Bowen each had a hit for Wayne, while Josh Mills, Mikey Perry and T.J. Kerry each scored. Bowen drove in a run, while Mills had a stolen base.
The Big Blacks will look the sweep the Pioneers on April 26, when the teams matchup Wayne.