Big Blacks blast Ritchie County, 15-5


By Bryan Walters - [email protected]



POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — One big inning made all the difference.

The Point Pleasant baseball team broke a three-all tie by scoring 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth en route to a 15-5 victory over visiting Ritchie County in a non-conference contest Wednesday night in Mason County.

The Big Blacks (11-9) trailed 3-0 after an inning and a half of play, but the hosts answered with a run in the second and two more in the third to knot things up at three through three full innings of play.

Point Pleasant’s big blow, however, came in the bottom of the fourth as the Red and Black sent 17 batters to the plate, which resulted in 11 runs on 11 hits, two hit batsmen and a walk. When the dust settled, the Big Blacks were firmly in control with a 14-3 advantage.

The Rebels (5-12) retaliated with two runs in the top of the fifth to close to within nine, but PPHS came up with a run in the bottom of the sixth to complete the mercy-rule triumph after Chris Lush hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield that allowed Miles Williams to score the final run.

Point Pleasant — which has now won three straight decisions — outhit the guests by a 17-10 overall margin and also committed three of the five errors in the contest. RCHS — which has dropped four straight decisions — stranded 11 runners on base, while the hosts left six on the bags.

Jordan Cunningham was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one hit and one walk in one inning of relief while striking out one. Dylan Beall suffered the setback after surrendering six earned runs, seven hits and a walk over 3.1 frames while fanning one.

Garrett Litchfield and Abe Stearns both led PPHS with three hits apiece, followed by Cody Sockwell, Justice Chapman and Derek King with two safeties each. Williams, Kaleb Beckner, Matt Richardson, James Littlepage and Tucker Mayes also had a hit apiece for the victors.

King and Richardson drove in three RBIs each, while Litchfield knocked in two RBIs. Chapman, Littlepage, Mayes, Lush and Tyler Mitchell also drove in a run apiece.

Stearns, Sockwell, King, Beckner and Alec Smith scored two runs apiece in the triumph, while Litchfield, Richardson, Littlepage, Williams and Mitchell also crossed home plate once each.

Conner Frye paced RCHS with three hits, followed by Brody Drinko and Orlando Burgy with two safeties apiece.

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

By Bryan Walters

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