Generals top Big Blacks, 6-1


By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com



WINFIELD, W. Va. — The Point Pleasant High School baseball team was outscored 5-1 over the final five innings, and saw its two-game win streak snapped on Tuesday night by the host Winfield Generals, as the Big Blacks lost by a count of 6-1.

The loss left the Big Blacks at 5-2, while Winfield evened its record to 4-4.

The Big Blacks tied the game at 1-1 in the third inning, but the Generals scored once in the third, fifth and sixth innings and twice in the fourth for the five-run win.

Point Pleasant actually outhit Winfield 8-6, but the Generals gained four runs off which a batter reached base via the free pass.

In addition, the Big Blacks left six runners on base.

Point Pleasant’s three pitchers combined to give up six earned runs and four walks, while Winfield pitcher Noah Short was hit by a pitch and scored the Generals’ fourth run.

Speaking of Short, he struck out eight Big Blacks, allowing only an earned run in the third frame for the complete-game win.

Tyler Mitchell, the first of three PPHS pitchers, took the loss.

Winfield scored the opening run in the second — when Evan Clay walked with one out, stole second and third, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Morris.

The Big Blacks tied it at 1-1 with two outs in the third, as Derek King doubled and Cody Sockwell singled him home.

From there, though, Short retired the Big Blacks 1-2-3 in the fourth and fifth, and faced only four batters apiece in the sixth and seventh.

The Generals went ahead for good in the fourth when Short and Sam Ingram singled, Anthony Imperial was hit by a pitch, and Tate Hancock singled in Ingram.

James Littlepage, with two hits including a second-inning double, led the Big Blacks at the plate.

Sockwell walked in the first, while Abe Stearns in the second, Matt Richardson in the sixth and Austin Richardson and Kaleb Beckner in the seventh all singled.

With runners on the corners in the second, Short induced Justice Chapman into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.

In the third, with Sockwell at third and Richardson at second, Short struck out Littlepage to end that threat.

The Big Blacks hosted Ripley on Wednesday night, and return to the road on Friday night at Hurricane.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs

pboggs@civitasmedia.com

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