POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Two down, one to go.
Visiting Winfield pulled even in its best-of-3 series with the Point Pleasant baseball team Thursday night following a 12-2 victory in five innings during a Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 contest held at PPHS in Mason County.
The Generals (10-20) never trailed in the contest as the guests stormed out to a 4-2 lead one inning in and ultimately never looked back. WHS added another run in the second and five more in the third for a sizable 10-2 edge, then tacked on two more scores in the fifth to wrap up the mercy-rule decision.
The host Big Blacks (16-10) were outhit by a 12-7 overall margin and also committed all three errors in the contest. PPHS stranded 10 runners on base while WHS left eight on the bags.
Alex Somerville suffered the setback after surrendering 10 runs (six earned), eight hits and two walks over three innings while striking out two. Casey Frye was the winning pitcher of record after allowing just three walks over five frames while fanning three.
Somerville, Cody Sockwell, Austen Toler, Evan Potter, Levi Russell, Abe Stearns and Bruce McDermitt each had a hit in the setback. Potter and Russell drove in an RBI apiece, while Potter and Somerville scored a run apiece.
Jordan Clark, John Bellomy, Bryan Bosley and Derek Whiteside led Winfield with two hits apiece. Bosley drove in a team-high four RBIs and Bellomy added three RBIs to the winning cause.