CLENDENIN, W.Va. — It’s not how you start something, but rather how you finish it.
The Point Pleasant baseball team lead 2-0 midway through the third inning, but host Herbert Hoover scored four unanswered runs en route to a 4-2 victory in a non-conference matchup in Kanawha County.
The visiting Big Blacks (13-7) led 1-0 after one inning of play and took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, but the Huskies (18-3) rallied with a run of their own to close to within 2-1 through three complete. HHHS followed with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to secure a two-run edge, which ultimately held up the rest of the way.
Herbert Hoover outhit the guests by a 7-5 overall margin and committed four errors in the triumph, compared to just two by the Big Blacks. PPHS stranded 10 runners on base and the hosts left eight on the bags.
Tristan Fields was the winning pitcher of record after allowing four walks and striking out 12 over seven innings of work. Alex Somerville suffered the setback after surrendering four walks and fanning four in six frames on the mound.
Austen Toler led Point Pleasant with two hits and an RBI, while Somerville, Evan Potter and Gage Buskirk also provided a safety apiece. Somerville also scored both of Point’s runs.
Matthew Farmer, Hunter White, Cody Bowen, Matthew Justice, Tommy Parrish, Joel Ridenour and Derek Dodd had a hit each for the victors. Parrish drove in a team-best two RBIs, while Farmer, White, Fields and Justice scored a run apiece.
HHHS salvaged a season split as Point Pleasant won the first contest by a 10-5 count at PPHS back on April 11.