Wildcats claw past Point Pleasant, 10-3

Alex Hawley

May 5, 2014

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The Big Blacks couldn’t slow the Wildcats.

The Nitro baseball team earned its fourth straight win Friday night with a 10-3 victory over host Point Pleasant, in Mason County.

The Wildcats (19-5) marked a run in bot the first and second innings to take the early advantage, while Point Pleasant (13-8) answered with a run in the third. Nitro scored three in the fifth, four in the sixth and one in the seventh to push the lead to 10-1. The Big Blacks marked two runs in the bottom of the seventh and fell 10-3.

Jacob Bradley threw a complete game and earned the win for Nitro, as he allowed just three runs on eight hits and one walk. Bradley struck out 10 batters in the triumph.

The setback was suffered by Austen Toler, who threw 5.2 innings and surrendered seven runs, six earned, on three hits and five walks, while striking out six. Cody Sockwell threw 1.1 innings in relief and allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits.

The Point Pleasant offense was led by Evan Potter and Alex Somerville with two hits each, while Sockwell, Toler, Abe Stearns and Chris Lush each added one hit. Somerville scored twice, Lush scored twice, while Potter marked two RBIs and Derek King added one.

Nitro was led by Matt Jewell, Eddie Flores and Andrew Stone with two hits each, including a homerun by Flores. Solomon Shamblin and Dylan Slack each had one hit, while Stone, Slack, Flores, Jewell and Ryan McDonough each added an RBI. Stone scored three runs, Flores and Shamblin both crossed the plate twice, while Slack, Kip Brewer and Jacob Williams each scored once. Shamblin had a game-high two stolen bases, while Slack and Brewer each added one.

PPHS has now lost back-to-back games, while Nitro has won four in a row.