POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant baseball team picked up its third straight win Friday night following a 10-5 victory over visiting Herbert Hoover in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The Big Blacks (8-3) found themselves tied at two after an inning of play, but the hosts responded with a three-run explosion in the second to secure a permanent lead at 5-2. The Huskies (9-2) answered with a run in the fourth to close to within two runs at 5-3, but ulitmately never came closer the rest of the way.
PPHS erupted for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to secure a commanding 10-3 cushion, and the guests mustered only two more runs in the sixth — which wrapped up the five-run outcome.
Point Pleasant outhit HHHS by a 13-7 overall margin and committed only one of the four errors in the contest. The Big Blacks left seven runners on base, while the guests stranded five in the setback.
Austen Toler was the winning pitcher of record after allowing five runs, six hits and two walks over six innings while striking out 14. Cody Bowen suffered the loss after surrendering five runs, six hits and one walk over two frames without a strikeout.
Evan Potter led the hosts with three hits, followed by Toler, Alex Somerville, Levi Russell and Cody Sockwell with two safeties apiece. Abe Stearns and Trevor Porter also had a hit each for the victors.
Toler produced a team-high three RBIs, while Potter and Gage Buskirk each drove in two runs. Somerville scored a team-best three runs and Sockwell also scored twice.
Tommy Parrish paced Herbert Hoover with two hits and two RBIs.