St. ALBANS, W.Va. — The Big Blacks claim their first sweep of the season.
For the second time this season the Point Pleasant baseball team claimed a victory over St. Albans, this time by a 7-4 count in Kanawha County.
Point Pleasant (11-5) began the game in style, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. The Red Dragons (8-7) managed their first run in the bottom of the third inning but the Big Blacks answered back with three runs in the top of the fifth. SAHS scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh but the Red, White and Black held on for the 7-4 triumph.
Austen Toler earned the victory on the mound for the Big Blacks, pitching six innings in which he allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits and five walks. Evan Potter earned the save, throwing one inning and allowing just one run n two hits. Toler struck out 10 Red Dragons, while Potter fanned two.
Hunter Chandler suffered the loss after allowing seven runs on six hits and seven walks in 4.1 innings. Chase Bishop allowed just four hits in 2.2 innings of relief work, while Chandler struck out four batters.
The PPHS offense was led by Alex Somerville with three hits, including a triple and a double, followed by Cody Sockwell, Bruce McDermitt and Evan Potter with two hits each. Toler helped himself with one hit in the triumph.
Somerville, Sockwell and Potter each scored twice, followed by Kaleb Beckner with one run scored. Toler drove in a game-high three runs, Potter plated two, while McDermitt finished with one RBI. Sockwell had the game’s lone stolen base.
The St. Albans offensive attack was led by Chandler with three hits and Peter Theodos with two. Adam Bowen, Mitchell Laton and Josh Burks each added one saftey in the setback. Chandler, Burks, Laton and Joseph Call each had a run scored, while Burks, Chandler and Bowen each drove in a run.
The Big Blacks finished with seven runs, 10 hits, two errors and four runners left on base, while the Red Dragons had four runs, eight hits, two errors and 10 runners left on base.
St. Albans also fell to the Big Blacks on March 24, in Point Pleasant by a count of 10-6.