Point Pleasant pounds White Falcons, 12-0

Bryan Walters

May 6, 2014

MASON, W.Va. — Going on the offensive.

The Point Pleasant baseball team blasted two homers and outhit host Wahama by a 12-4 overall margin Tuesday night during a 12-0 victory in six innings of a non-conference matchup of Mason County teams at Bachtel Stadium.

Both teams went scoreless through two complete, but the visiting Big Blacks (15-8) seized control of things in the top of the third after plating five runs on three hits, an error and a walk. Dakota Sockwell drove in the eventual game-winning run after Trevor Porter scored on a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 edge.

Austen Toler followed with a single that plated both Gage Buskirk and Alex Somerville, then Evan Potter drilled a two-run shot to straight-away centerfield to secure a 5-0 cushion after three complete.

PPHS followed with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth for an 8-0 cushion, then the guests plated four more scores in the sixth to lead by a dozen. Toler capped the Point scoring in the sixth with a two-run homer.

The White Falcons (13-8) — who had 11 consecutive batters get retired between the second and fifth frames — produced two baserunners in the bottom of the sixth, but the hosts ultimately ran out of outs in the mercy-rule decision. The Big Blacks also claimed a season sweep after posting an 8-7 win at PPHS back on March 28.

WHS left seven runners on base, with four of those getting to second base or beyond. Point Pleasant, conversely, stranded only four runners on the bags. Wahama also committed all six errors in the contest.

Abe Stearns was the winning pitcher of record after allowing four hits and a walk over five innings while striking out 10. Hunter Bradley suffered the setback after surrendering five runs (zero earned), four hits and a walk over three frames while fanning one.

Potter led PPHS with three hits, followed by Toler, Somerville and Levi Russell with two safeties apiece. James Littlepage, Bruce McDermitt and Chris Lush also added a hit each to the winning cause.

Toler drove in a team-best four RBIs, while Potter and McDermitt each knocked in two RBIs apiece. Somerville, Toler, Potter and Porter all scored twice for the victors.

Wyatt Zuspan paced Wahama with two hits, followed by Bradley and Garrett Miller with a safety apiece.

Point Pleasant has now won two in a row and three of five overall, while Wahama has now dropped two straight and three of four.