POINT PLEASANT, W.Va — Point Pleasant pitcher Austen Toler struck out 13 batters Thursday night during the Big Blacks 9-1 victory over Buffalo.
The Big Blacks (13-4) took advantage of suspect defense by the Bison in the first inning and scored two runs, thanks in part to four errors. Buffalo cut the PPHS lead in half with a run in the top of the fourth.
The Big Blacks rallied with two outs in the bottom of the fourth and scored four runs to expand their lead to 6-1.Point Pleasant scored three more runs in the sixth including a two-run home run by Eric Roberts. Austen Toler struck out the side in the top of the seventh to take the 9-1 victory.
Austen Toler earned the win while striking out 13 batters in seven innings. He gave up just one unearned run on four hits while walking one batter. Austen Toler struck out three or more batters in three innings.
Travis Coleman was credited with the loss for Buffalo after pitching 3.2 innings, in which he gave up six runs on six hits and a walk. Layton Good pitched the final 2.1 innings for the Bison and he gave up three runs on four hits and three walks. Coleman struck out three while Good struck out one.
Eric Roberts led the Big Blacks with a home run and a double in the contest. Austen Toler, Brandon Toler, and Jason Stouffer each had two hits in the game while Evan Potter and Steven Porter each finished with one hit. Roberts, Stouffer, Austen Toler, and Brandon Toler each scored two runs in the contest. Roberts led the team with three runs batted in.
Layton Good led Buffalo with two hits in the contest while Aaron Lewis and Blake Caplinger each finished with one hit.
The Big Blacks have not lost a game since their return from Myrtle Beach.
The Big Blacks return to action Monday when they host Cardinal Conference foe Wayne at 7 p.m.