Big Blacks outlast Parkersburg, 4-3


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A pair of two-run outbursts in the first and fifth innings ultimately allowed the Point Pleasant baseball team to fend off a late rally Friday en route to a 4-3 decision over visiting Parkersburg in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.

The host Big Blacks (2-0) never trailed in the contest after establishing a 4-0 advantage through five full frames, but the Big Reds (0-1) plated three runs in the top of the sixth to cut the lead down to a single run.

PPHS left runners stranded at first and second in its half of the sixth, but Parkersburg went down in order in the seventh — allowing the hosts to remain unbeaten two games into the season.

Both teams produced six hits apiece, with PHS committing the lone error in the contest. The Big Reds stranded seven runners on base, while the hosts left six on the bags.

After a quick top half of the first, Point Pleasant quickly got things started in its first at-bat as Chris Lush and Cody Sockwell produced back-to-back singles. Lush was able to score from first on Sockwell’s hit after a throwing error by the right fielder, and Sockwell advanced to second on the play as the hosts claimed a 1-0 lead.

Matt Richardson followed with an RBI double to right center, which gave PPHS a solid 2-0 edge through one full frame.

The Big Blacks produced only one hit over the next three frames, but Point finally struck again in the bottom of the fifth as Lush and Sockwell were at first at second with two away.

Richardson produced a single that advanced Sockwell to third and plated Lush for a 3-0 contest, then Sockwell scored on a passed ball — giving the hosts a 4-0 cushion through five complete.

The Big Reds produced half of their hits in the top of the sixth, but Parkersburg’s rally started with a leadoff walk to Andrew Herrod. Herrod advanced to third on a single by Luke Schenerlein and later scored on a single by Brett Beckley for a 4-1 contest.

The hosts followed by getting consecutive outs as Schenerlein and Beckley advanced to second and third, but Kyle Goodwin delivered a two-RBI single that made it a 4-3 contest midway through the sixth.

Jordan Cunningham was the winning pitcher of record after allowing zero runs, three hits and three walks over four innings of work while striking out three.

Derek King allowed three earned runs, two hits and two walks in an inning of work for PPHS, while Abe Stearns allowed only one hit and struck out three in two innings while picking up the save.

Wade Garrett took the loss for Parkersburg after surrendering four runs (three earned), five hits and three walks over five innings while fanning five.

Richardson and Kaleb Beckner each had two hits for the hosts, while Lush and Sockwell each provided a safety and two runs scored for the victors. Richardson provided both RBIs for the Big Blacks.

Beckley led Parkersburg with two hits, while Goodwin had a team-best two RBIs in the setback.

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

By Bryan Walters

bwalters@civitasmedia.com

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