Big Blacks double up Dots, 14-7


By Paul Boggs - [email protected]



POINT PLEASANT, W. Va. — The Big Blacks, in a big way, ended their baseball regular season on Friday night.

Buoyed by a pair of early five-run innings, Point Pleasant pushed past — and eventually doubled up — visiting Poca 14-7 in the regular-season finale.

Trailing 1-0 after one-and-a-half innings, Point Pleasant erupted for five runs in both the second and third frames for an 11-4 lead after three.

After another single run by the Dots in the fourth, the Big Blacks added three more markers on a Tristan Austin three-run home run to stake a 13-5 advantage.

Point Pleasant plated a single run in the sixth when Chris Lush laced a two-out double, then scored on Matt Richardson’s fifth and final hit of the game — an RBI single.

The Dots made it a 14-7 final with two runs in the seventh.

With the win, Point Pleasant ends the regular season at 15-12, and enters Class AAA sectional tournament play against Winfield this week with a two-game win streak.

The loss left the Dots at an even 12-12, as Point Pleasant swept Poca for the season, thanks to a 16-12 slugfest win on April 6.

The Big Blacks bullied three Poca pitchers to the tune of 14 runs on 15 hits with 13 runs batted in.

Richardson went a perfect 5-for-5 with three doubles, including back-to-back RBI-doubles in the second and third.

Lush added three hits, three runs scored and a pair of RBI, as Justice Chapman and Derek King collected a pair of hits, including an RBI by King.

Austin’s three-run homer in the fourth, James Littlepage’s solo home run in the third, and Jordan Cunningham’s go-ahead two-run single in the second accounted for the other three hits.

Littlepage, like Lush, scored three runs — while Austin and King crossed twice.

Kaleb Beckner added a sacrifice fly for an RBI in the second.

Austin Hendrick — the first of three Poca pitchers — worked the opening two and two-thirds innings while allowing 10 runs on 10 hits.

However, only six of those 10 runs were earned, thanks to a pair of errors on the Dots in the third.

Point Pleasant had five hits in the second stanza and four in the third as part of its back-to-back five-run outbursts.

The two home runs made up the two hits in the fourth, followed by the final run on two hits in the last.

The other hits belonged to Richardson — a single in the first and a double in the fifth.

Cunningham, the first of three PPHS pitchers, tossed the first four innings and earned the win.

He allowed four earned runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Richardson relieved Cunningham in the fifth, and threw two scoreless innings with one hit and one walk while striking out three.

Trey Tucker pitched the seventh with a 14-5 lead, allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks with one “K”.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs

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