POCA, W.Va. — The Big Blacks had to do a little more but they still came home with the W.
It took nine innings to decide a winner Thursday night in Putnam County, and it was the Point Pleasant baseball squad that came away with the 10-8 victory.
Point Pleasant (12-5) marked a run in the top of the first but the Dots (5-12) countered with four runs in the bottom of the first and a run in the bottom of the second to take the 5-1 lead. The Big Blacks marked a run in the top of the fifth and a run the top of the sixth but a Poca run in the bottom of the sixth extended the lead to 6-3.
PPHS marked three runs in the top of the seventh and forced extra innings. After a scoreless eighth frame the Big Blacks marked four runs in the top of the ninth inning to gain the advantage. PHS scored twice in the ninth but Point Pleasant escaped with the 10-8 win.
Abe Stearns was the winning pitcher of record after throwing two innings and surrendering just one hit and one walk, while striking out 2. Austen Toler earned the save after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out two in one inning. PPHS starter Alex Somerville threw six innings and allowed six runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out eight.
Noah Frampton suffered the loss after throwing the final two innings and surrendering four runs on three hits and four walks with one strikeout. Poca starter Lukas Frampton allowed two runs on the hits and six walks, while striking out four. Brett Watts threw one inning and allowed four runs on one hit and two walks. Dante Barnett gave up a hit and three walks in two innings of relief.
Evan Potter led the Big Blacks with three hits, followed by Gage Buskirk, Trevor Porter, Cody Sockwell and Levi Russell had one hit each. Porter and Sockwell each marked two runs batted in, while Potter added one RBI. Buskirk and Porter each scored two runs, while Somerville, Sockwell, Russell, Bruce McDermitt, Chris Lush and Nick Templeton each crossed the plate once.
The Dots were led by Jacob Payne and Lukas Frampton with three hits each, while Noah Frampton, Matthew Chandler and Brett Watts each had two hits and Skyler Vealey added one.
Payne scored three times, Chandler scored twice, while Brendan Iezzi, Lukas Frampton and Noah Frampton all scored once. Payne had three RBIs, Noah Frampton added two, while Iezzi, Lukas Frampton and Lucas Marshall each drove one run in.
PPHS finished with 10 runs, seven hits, four errors, and 14 runners left on base, while Poca had eight runs, 13 hits, seven errors and 11 runners left on base.
The Big Blacks have now won three straight games, while Poca snapped a seven game skid at Wayne on Wednesday. These teams will meet again on May 5, in Point Pleasant.