RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — Guess who’s headed back to regionals again.
The Point Pleasant baseball team will be making its sixth straight Class AA regional appearance following a 16-6 victory over Ravenswood Thursday night in a Region 1, Section 4 championship contest in Jackson County.
The top-ranked Big Blacks (22-6) earned their sixth consecutive sectional title since 2007 and also secured the program’s eighth sectional crown in the last nine seasons, as Point Pleasant stormed out to a 13-3 advantage through four innings of play.
The Red Devils (3-22) — who were the guests on the scoreboard despite playing at home — came up with three runs over their next two at-bats to pull within 13-6 headed into the bottom of the sixth, but PPHS answered with three runs in its half of the sixth to wrap up the mercy-rule decision and a spot in the Class AA regional tournament.
The Big Blacks — who defeated RHS by a 21-4 margin in the opening tournament contest — now advance to a regional date on Monday, May 21, when they travel to Ritchie County.
Point Pleasant outhit the guests by a sizable 15-7 margin and also had three of the nine errors in the contest. Point stranded 10 runners on base, while Ravenswood left eight people on the bags.
Ravenswood led 1-0 after a half-inning and was ahead 3-2 after an inning and a half, but the hosts countered with three runs in the bottom of the second to take a permanent 5-3 advantage. PPHS tacked on five runs in the third and three more scores in the fourth, helping the Big Blacks establish their first double-digit lead of the night at 13-3.
RHS retaliated with two runs in the fifth and added another run in the sixth to cut the deficit down to seven, but the guests never came closer the rest of the way. Brandon Toler hit a two-run homer for a 15-6 cushion, then Trevor Porter singled home Jason Stouffer with the game-winning run.
Alex Somerville was the winning pitcher of record, allowing three runs (zero earned), three hits and two walks over four innings while striking out five. Evan Potter walked two, allowed one earned run and surrendered four hits in two innings of relief work. Heath Burgess took the loss for Ravenswood after allowing 10 runs (eight earned), eight hits and five walks over three frames.
Somerville and Stouffer paced PPHS with three hits apiece, followed by Jacob Gardner and Brandon Toler with two safeties each. Potter, Eric Roberts, Jacob Gleason, Levi Russell and Evan Potter also added a hit each to the winning cause. Stouffer and Brandon Toler each drove in four RBIs, while Gardner and Josh Hudson both scored three runs apiece.
Devan Crews led Ravenswood with three hits and two RBIs, while Jeremy Lawrence added two hits, two RBIs and a team-best three runs scored.