Big Reds double up Point Pleasant, 4-2

By Bryan Walters -

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant baseball team dropped its third consecutive decision Wednesday night following a 4-2 setback to host Parkersburg in a non-conference matchup in Wood County.

The visiting Big Blacks (13-12) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth with two runs, but the Big Reds (11-10) responded by doubling that output in their half of the sixth — giving Parkersburg a 4-2 cushion through six complete.

PPHS followed by going down in order in the seventh, allowing the Big Reds to salvage a season split with the Big Blacks. Point Pleasant posted a 4-3 win earlier in the season at home back on March 18.

The Big Blacks started the scoring in the top of the sixth as Derek King led things off with a single and advanced to second after Matt Richardson was hit by a pitch. James Littlepage followed with a single that loaded the bases with nobody out.

Justice Chapman then reached safely on an infield error that allowed King to score, making it a 1-0 contest. After a pair of strikeouts, Tristan Austin received a full-count walk that allowed Richardson to score for a 2-0 PPHS advantage.

PHS, however, responded in the home half of the sixth as Bradley Craig received a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a double by Wade Garrett. Ian McElroy followed with an RBI single that plated Craig for a 2-1 deficit.

Colby Wagner then got a free pass that loaded the bases with nobody out, but Point Pleasant answered with consecutive outs as the nine-hole hitter came to the plate.

Blaine Thornburg received a walk and Garrett crossed home plate with the tying run, then Kyle Goodwin walked and Garrett came in with the eventual game-winning run for a 3-2 edge. Hadyn Dudley then singled as Wagner scored to make it a 4-2 contest.

The hosts outhit Point Pleasant by a slim 4-3 overall margin and also committed four of the five errors in the contest. Parkersburg stranded eight runners on base, while PPHS left seven on the bags.

Garrett was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two unearned runs, three hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out nine.

King took the tough-luck loss after surrendering two earned runs, one hit and three walks over two-thirds of an inning of relief while fanning one.

Littlepage paced Point Pleasant with two hits and King also added a safety. Goodwin, Dudley, Garrett and McElroy had a hit apiece for the victors.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters