POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — All it takes is one.
The Point Pleasant baseball team scored the game’s only run over the final three innings Friday night as they defeated guest Wahama 8-7.
Wahama (0-2) struck first with a run in the top half of the opening frame, but Point Pleasant (2-1) answered with four markers in the bottom of the first.
The White Falcons cut the lead to one in the top of the second, but PPHS scored three in the home half of the second to push the lead to 7-3. The Red and White pulled even with a run in the third and three in the fourth.
After being shutdown for two consecutive frames the Big Blacks’ offense manufactured a run in the bottom of the fifth to break the tie and take the 8-7 lead. Wahama failed to answer and PPHS took the 8-7 victory.
Freshman Abe Stearns earned the win on the mound for PPHS, pitching the final 2.2 innings with out surrendering a run. WHS had just one hit against Stearns, who struckout three and walked one.
Gage Buskirk was the starting pitcher for Point Pleasant and he three two innings and allowed three runs on three hits and three walks, while strikingout three. Levi Russell threw 2.1 innings in relief and allowed four runs on five hits and a walk.
The losing pitcher of record was Hunter Bradley, who threw five innings and surrendered eight runs on seven hits and two walks. Mason Hicks threw one inning of relief work for WHS and allowed a hit and a walk. Bradley struckout four Big Blacks.
PPHS was led on offense by Buskirk and Alex Somerville with two hits each, while Evan Potter, Austen Toler, Bruce McDermitt and Trevor Porter each had a hit. Buskirk scored twice fore Point Pleasant, while Somerville, Potter, Toler, Russell, Porter and Kaleb Beckner each scored one run. Potter and McDermitt each had two runs batted in, followed by Porter with one. Buskirk had Point Pleasant’s lone steal in the win.
Tyler Grimm paced Wahama with three hits, followed by Hicks with two. Kane Roush, Wyatt Zuspan, Wesley Harrison and Bradley each had one hit in the setback, while Demetrius Serevicz, Harrison, Bradley, Grimm and Zuspan each had an RBI. Roush, Serevicz, Zuspan, Grimm, Hicks, Jacob Bennett and Jared Oliver each scored in the game. Roush led WHS with three steals, followed by Serevicz with one.
PPHS finished with eight runs, eight hits three errors and seven runners left on base, while Wahama wrapped up the game with seven runs, nine hits, 10 errors and nine runners left on base.
These teams will meet again on May 6, in Mason.