POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A breakthrough … due in large part to a big break.
The Point Pleasant baseball team claimed the lead on a pair of unearned runs while snapping a four-game losing skid Tuesday night during a 5-3 victory over visiting Sissonville in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The Big Blacks (6-5) found themselves in a 3-0 hole after four Indian hits in the top half of the first, but the hosts answered with a run in the bottom half of the frame as Cody Sockwell delivered a two-out single to center that plated Chris Lush for a 3-1 contest.
PPHS allowed only four hits over the next six innings, then made the most of a golden opportunity in the bottom of the fifth.
Kaleb Beckner led things off with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball, then Lush singled in Beckner for a 3-2 deficit.
Derek King sacrificed Lush over to second base with the first out of the inning, then Matt Richardson walked. Sockwell followed with a single that plated Lush while tying the contest at three.
Austin Richardson flew out to centerfield, but Matt Richardson advanced to third on the second out — putting runners on the corners with two down.
Abe Stearns grounded softly to third base, but the throw was errant and allowed Stearns to reach safely while both Matt Richardson and Sockwell crossed home plate — giving Point its first lead of the night at 5-3.
Trey Tucker followed by reaching an error that advanced Stearns to third base, but the remaining threat was ended one batter later with a strikeout.
SHS (5-4) had a two-out single in the sixth and stranded the runner at second, then produced a one-out single in the seventh that never moved into scoring position. The hosts left seven runners on base, while the Indians stranded six on the bags.
Sissonville outhit the Big Blacks by an 8-6 overall margin, but also committed four of the five errors in the contest. PPHS also claimed a season sweep with a 3-0 win at SHS back on March 17.
Jordan Cunningham was the winning pitcher of record after allowing only two hits and striking out one in three innings of scoreless relief. Stearns lasted four innings while allowing three earned runs, six hits and three walks while fanning five in the start.
Ethan Lauchart took the loss for SHS after allowing two runs (zero earned), one hit and one walk over two-thirds of an inning of relief while striking out one.
Lush and Sockwell led the Big Blacks with two hits apiece, followed by Stearns and Beckner with safety each. Sockwell drove in two runs and Lush scored twice for the victors.
Cayd Snyder and Josh Landis each had two hits and scored a run to pace Sissonville. Trent Bodnar also had a safety and two RBIs for the guests.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.