POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A long way to travel for a quick result.
The Point Pleasant baseball team defeated Empire State guest East Chester by a count of 11-1 in five innings, Tuesday night in Mason County.
The visiting Eagles scored a run in the top first but Point Pleasant rallied back with two runs in the bottom of the first and one in the third. After a scoreless third frame the Big Blacks tallied six runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to seal the 11-1 mercy rule victory.
Levi Russell earned the win after throwing five innings in which he gave up five runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one.
The losing pitcher of record was Mike DiSanto after allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits and three walks in three innings. Rich Manno pitched one official inning and allowed five runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks. DiSanto struck out two, while Manno fanned one.
The Big Blacks offense was led by Russell and Alex Sommerville with two hits each, followed by Austen Toler, Evan Potter, Cody Sockwell and Nick Templeton with one hit each. Potter marked a homerun in the game for the lone PPHS extra-base hit.
Kaleb Beckner scored a game-high three runs, Potter scored two, while Somerville, Toler, Sockwell, Trevor Porter and Abe Stearns each crossed the plate once. Potter drove in two runs to pace PPHS, while Somerville, Toler, Russell, Templeton and Derek King each had one RBI.
DiSanto, Nick Campana and Greg Satriale each had a hit, while Satriale had the lone East Chester run.
PPHS finished with 11 runs, eight hits, one error and seven runners left on base, while the Eagles had one runs, three hits, five errors and two runners left on base.
The Big Blacks along with Sissonville and Parkersburg host the New York natives on their trip to the Mountaineer State.