POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — You win some, you lose some.
The Point Pleasant baseball team earned a 7-1 victory over visiting Charleston Catholic on Saturday, but the Big Blacks fell to Logan by a count of 20-9.
Against the Irish, Point Pleasant began with five shutout innings, while building a a 7-0 lead. Charleston Catholic marked a run in the sixth but failed to score again at the Big Blacks claimed the 7-1 triumph.
Evan Potter was the winning pitcher for PPHS after throwing five shutout innings and surrendering just two hits and three walks. Levi Russell threw two innings in relief and allowed one run on three walks. Potter struck out three batters, while Russell struck out two.
Thad Jameson was the losing pitcher of record and he gave up seven runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Jordan Covelli threw two innings out of the bullpen and he gave up a hit and a base on balls.
The PPHS offense was paced by Bruce McDermitt with two singles, followed by Alex Somerville with a triple and Evan Potter with a double. Trevor Porter, Gage Buskirk, Abe Stearns, and Austen Toler each had one single in the win.
Somerville and Buskirk each scored twice, while Toler, Porter and Derek King each scored once. Potter and Somerville led the way with a two runs batted in apiece, while McDermitt and Toler each finished with one RBI. Buskirk, Somerville and King each had a stolen base.
Nick Russo and Conner Golden each had a hit for Charleston Catholic, while Golden scored the lone Irish run.
In the other game, Logan and PPHS both scored three runs in the opening inning but the Wildcats added four runs in the second inning. LHS added a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to move its lead to 11-3.
Point Pleasant added a run in the bottom of the fifth but Logan marked nine runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. The Big Blacks marked five runs in the home half of the seventh and fell 20-9 to the Wildcats.
Troy Burgess was the winning pitcher of record after giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out one. Jared Shawver threw two innings and gave up one run on three walks and a hit, Chase Burnette threw one inning without surrendering a base runner, Hunter Nelson three .2 innings and gave up five runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out one, and Zachary Minnick retired the final batter via strikeout.
Abe Stearns suffered the loss in relief for PPHS, giving up five runs on six walks and four hits in three innings. Somerville started and gave up three runs on two hits and a walk in one inning, McDermitt gave up five runs on four hits and four walks in 2.1 innings, and Nick Templeton gave up seven runs on three hits and three walks in .2 innings. McDermitt recorded two strikeouts, while Templeton had one.
The Big Black offense was led by Alex Somerville, Matt Richardson, Austen Toler and Evan Potter with two hits each, followed by Jeremy Tate, Trevor Porter and Cody Sockwell with a hit apiece. Potter, Porter and Richardson had a double in the hit column.
Somerville, Richardson and Toler each scored twice, while Tate, Porter and Buskirk each crossed the plate once. Potter had a team-high three runs batted in, followed by Toler with two and Somerville and Sockwell with one RBI each.
The Logan offense was led by Zachary Minnick with seven runs batted in on three hits, including two homeruns. Troy Burgess, who also had a homerun, drove in five runs on two hits.
Trace Butcher had two hits, including a double, while Chase Preston, Chester Bradsher, Brenton Vance, Timothy Saunders, Jared Shawver and Kyler Harvey each marked one hit. Chase Preston led LHS with three runs scored.
PPHS will face Charleston Catholic again in the capital city on April 25, while the Big Blacks will travel to Logan on May 10.