Irish hold off Point Pleasant, 4-2

Alex Hawley

April 28, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Doubled up on the road.

The Point Pleasant baseball team was outhit 8-4 Friday night, as the Big Blacks dropped a 4-2 decision to non-conference host Charleston Catholic.

The Big Blacks (12-6) began the game with a run in the top of the firs but Charleston Catholic (13-6) countered with two runs in the bottom of the first. The Irish added another run in the third and one in the fourth to increase the lead to 4-1. PPHS pushed across a run in the top if the sixth but failed to complete the comeback and the Irish claimed the 4-2 triumph.

Alex Belvher earned the victory on the mound after allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out four in 5.2 innings. Jordan Covelli threw 1.1 innings and struck out two.

Evan Potter threw six innings for PPHS and suffer the loss. Potter surrendered four runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two.

Cody Sockwell led PPHS with two hits, followed by Austen Toler and Bruce McDermitt with one hit each. Gage Buskirk and Kaleb Beckner each scored a run, while Toler and Trevor Porter each had an RBI. Buskirk had the lone stolen base for Point Pleasant.

Thad Jameson, Conner Golden and Luke McKown each had two hits for CCHS, while Sam McKown and Nick Russo each had one hit. Golden scored twice and added two RBIs, while Jameson and Luke McKown each had one run scored. Sam McKown and Michael Martin added an RBI in the win, while Golden, Sam McKown and Luke McKown each had a stolen base.

Charleston Catholic had four runs, eight hits, five errors and seven left on base, while Point Pleasant finished with two runs, four hits, two errors and nine runners left on base.

The season series is a split as the Big Blacks defeated the Irish on April 5 in Mason County, by a count of 7-1.