Wayne blanks Big Blacks, 13-0


By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com



Point Pleasant’s Colton Fridley (33) is brushed back by a pitch during the Big Blacks’ home-opening baseball game against Wayne on Wednesday night.


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POINT PLEASANT, W. Va. — Wayne’s Cody Noe nearly no-hit the Big Blacks, and absolutely allowed no runs.

That’s because Noe, in pitching a complete-game gem, allowed only two hits —and only two baserunners — in visiting Wayne’s 13-0 baseball blanking of Point Pleasant on a chilly Wednesday night.

The contest marked the Big Blacks’ home opener, but young Point Pleasant (0-3) —which has now been outscored 36-3 in three games including two decisive shutouts — remains winless.

In fact, against now 2-0 Wayne, neither Big Black baserunner —in the third inning with two outs and in the fifth inning with no outs — advanced beyond second base.

Wayne, which opened its season with a 4-2 win over Lincoln County, rapped out 12 hits — and scored five unearned runs on the aid of three Point Pleasant errors.

The Pioneers plated four runs apiece in each of the opening two innings, then scored twice more in the fourth and three times in the fifth.

The contest was called following the fifth inning with West Virginia’s 10-run mercy rule.

Wednesday was the latest stretch of what’s been a difficult start to the Point Pleasant season.

The Big Blacks graduated 11 seniors off last year’s Class AAA regional semifinal squad — and only five varsity players returned to this season’s club, which dropped to Class AA following the most recent reclassification.

The Big Blacks lost their season opener at Hurricane on Friday 15-0, then fell at Nitro 8-3 on Monday — in which fourth-year PPHS head coach Andrew Blain was ejected.

Blain was suspended for Wednesday’s tilt with Wayne, and was also scheduled to miss Point Pleasant’s home clash with Mason County rival Wahama (on Thursday night).

But even had Blain been there, it was going to be difficult to make up 13 runs against the way Noe was cruising.

He faced only 17 batters, and saw the minimum three in innings one, two and four.

He faced four Big Blacks in the third and fifth, allowing Point Pleasant’s only hits of the entire night.

Josh Wamsley doubled to right in the third, then Brody Jeffers singled to center in the fifth.

But both runners were stranded at second, as Jeffers advanced a base on a wild pitch prior to the final at-bat.

Noe never allowed a walk and struck out nine, including four of his first five and five of his final seven.

He struck out the final three Big Blacks in the fifth — after allowing the Jeffers single.

Tyler Mitchell was the starting and losing pitcher for Point Pleasant, allowing 10 runs and five walks with a hit batsman in three and two-thirds frames.

He faced 26 Pioneers, as only half of the 10 runs he allowed were earned.

Levi Mitchell relieved him and worked the final inning and a third, allowing three earned runs on four hits in the fifth for the 13-0 Wayne lead.

He struck out three, but perhaps the affair may have played out differently had Point Pleasant gotten out of the first.

Tyler Mitchell retired the opening two Pioneers, but then walked back-to-back Brad Sharp and Noe.

Jeremiah Milum then scored Sharp with a single, as Noe crossed home on the next at-bat on an error.

The Pioneers then executed a double steal, and combined with a throwing error on the throw down, scored twice more to make it 4-0.

Wayne extended the advantage to 8-0 after one-and-a-half, scoring four more markers on three more hits and another Big Black error.

Sharp’s single that scored two made it 7-0, as Milum’s sacrifice fly plated the eighth point.

The Pioneers posted two more runs on two more hits in the fourth for the 10-0 lead, including an RBI-single by Taylor Jones.

Jones paced the Pioneers by going 3-for-3 with a second-stanza double, as Milum went 2-for-3.

Noe helped his cause with an RBI-double in the fifth for the 12-0 cushion.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

Point Pleasant’s Colton Fridley (33) is brushed back by a pitch during the Big Blacks’ home-opening baseball game against Wayne on Wednesday night.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/03/web1_3.24-PP-Fridley.jpgPoint Pleasant’s Colton Fridley (33) is brushed back by a pitch during the Big Blacks’ home-opening baseball game against Wayne on Wednesday night. Paul Boggs/OVP Sports

By Paul Boggs

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