POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant baseball team outscored Cardinal Conference rival Herbert Hoover 12-1 over the final five innings of Tuesday night’s 13-4 Big Blacks victory in Mason County.
Herbert Hoover (17-5, 7-3 Cardinal) got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning. PPHS answered with a run in the bottom of the first despite not having a hit. The Huskies scored twice on Corey Bird single in the top of the second to regain the lead.
The Big Blacks scored five runs in the third inning on the strength of three hits and three walks, to take the 6-3 lead. Eric Roberts hit a two-run home run in the home half of the fourth to extend the PPHS lead to 8-3. The Big Blacks paired three hits with two walks in the fifth to score three runs and push the lead to eight.
Hoover manufactured a run in the top of the sixth but Point Pleasant countered with a pair of runs in the home half. HHHS failed to scored in the seventh and the Big Blacks earned its 16th win of the season.
Eric Roberts earned the victory for PPHS after giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings of work. Evan Potter pitched the final two innings in relief and he gave up one run on two hits and three walks. Roberts struck out two batters while Potter struck out one.
Tristan Fields was credited with the loss for Hoover after pitching three innings, in which he gave up six runs on three hits and five walks while striking out two.
The Big Blacks were paced by Brandon Toler with three hits in the game followed by Eric Roberts and Jacob Gleason with two hits apiece. Austen Toler, Jason Stouffer, and Alex Somerville each finished with one hit in the contest. Roberts led PPHS with four RBI including two on his home run.
Zach Mullins led The Huskies with three hits in the contest.
The Big Blacks have now won three consecutive games, while the loss for Hoover snaps it’s three game winning streak.
Point Pleasant returns to action Thursday when it travels to play two Cardinal Conference games. The Big Blacks face Scott at 4:30 p.m. and Chapmanville at 7 p.m.