Point Pleasant avenges Red Devils, 16-4

By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant baseball team picked up its fifth straight win while also getting a little revenge on host Ravenswood following a 16-4 victory Monday night in a non-conference matchup in Jackson County.

The Big Blacks (13-9) avenged a 4-3 setback to the Red Devils (14-7) at PPHS back on April 12, as the guests overcame an early 2-1 deficit by plating eight runs in the top of the third en route to securing a permanent lead at 9-2.

Point held a 12-4 edge headed into the top of the sixth and scored four times in the frame, then RHS went down in order in the home half of the sixth to wrap up the mercy-rule outcome.

Point Pleasant outhit the hosts by a 16-3 overall margin and committed only one of the six errors in the contest. PPHS stranded 10 runners on base, while the Red Devils left six on the bags.

Point starter Abe Stearns was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two earned runs, one hit and four walks over three innings while striking out three. Derek King allowed two earned runs and two hits while fanning one in two innings of relief, while Chris Lush also struck out three in an inning of relief work for the guests.

Nathan Curtis suffered the loss after surrendering six earned runs, seven hits and two walks over 2.1 frames while fanning one.

Garrett Litchfield, Cody Sockwell, Tristan Austin and Justice Chapman led Point Pleasant with two hits apiece, while Lush, Stearns, King, Kaleb Beckner, Matt Richardson, Trey Tucker, James Littlepage and Tyler Mitchell also had a hit each for the victors.

Tucker — who hit a two-run homer to left-center in the bottom of the fifth —joined Beckner, Richardson and Sockwell with a team-high two RBIs and also scored a team-best three runs. Litchfield, Sockwell, Austin, King and Alec Smith also scored two runs apiece in the triumph.

Chase Swain, Lakin Tucker and Brennan Barr had the lone hits for RHS. Barr also drove in half of the hosts’ four runs.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters