POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A fast start propels the Big Blacks to victory.
The Point Pleasant baseball team marked six runs in the opening frame of Thursday night’s 13-6 PPHS victory over non-conference guest Spring Valley.
The Big Blacks (7-3) had a 6-0 cushion after the first inning of play and both teams marked one run in the second frame. Spring Valley (3-5) finally found its grove in the third inning and marked four runs, only to be countered by three Point Pleasant runs in the bottom of the inning.
Both teams marked a run in the fourth frame, while the Red, White and Black secured the 13-6 win with a two-run sixth inning.
Alex Somerville earned the pitching victory for PPHS after allowed seven runs, four earned, on seven hits and one walk. Somerville struck out eight batters in six innings of work. Abe Stearns threw one inning on the mound in relief and struck out two batters.
Aaron Hamm suffered the setback after allowing six runs on four walks and two hits in .1 inning of work. Austin McCloud came in in a relief effort and surrendered seven runs on seven hits and six walks, while striking out two.
Levi Russell paced PPHS with three hits, followed by Bruce McDermitt with two. Cody Sockwell, Austen Toler, Evan Potter and Gage Buskirk each marked one hit, hwile McDermitt had a team best three runs batted in. Sockwell, Potter and Russell each marked two RBIs, while Buskirk, and Jeremy Tate each had one.
Toler, Potter, Russell and Trevor Porter each scored two runs, while Somerville, Matt Richardson, McDermitt, Tate and Kaleb Beckner crossed the plate one time apiece. Toler stole two bases to lead PPHS, while Somerville, Buskirk and Richardson each had one steal.
The Timberwolves were led by Tyler Robertson and Daniel Brandon with two hits each, while Zach Harvey, Sam Brodey and Casey Kelly each marked one hit. Robertson drove in two runs, while Brandon and Kelly each posted one RBI. Brodey, Brandon, McCloud, Colby Webb, Greg Herbert, Mason Brubeck and Jonah Wellman each scored a run in the game, while Brubeck stole a base.
These teams are scheduled to meet again on May 9, in Huntington.