POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — It’s never over until it’s over.
The Point Pleasant baseball team rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday night to claim a thrilling 8-7 victory over visiting Shady Spring in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
There were four lead changes and one tie throughout the contest, as the host Big Blacks (10-5) trailed 3-0 after a half-inning of play before reeling off a pair of three-run outbursts to secure a 6-3 cushion after two complete.
The Tigers (5-7) battled back to knot things up at six after plating runs in the sixth, then SSHS took its final lead of the night by scoring a run in the seventh for a 7-6 edge. Adam Terry singled to start the seventh and later scored on an error to give the guests a one-run lead.
PPHS, however, caught a few breaks in the bottom of the seventh as Austen Toler started the game-winning rally with a leadoff walk. Levi Russell followed by reaching safely on an error, then Trevor Porter hit a ground ball back to the pitcher.
The pitcher overthrew first base on the force out play, which allowed both Toler and Russell to score — giving PPHS the walk-off win.
The hosts outhit Shady Spring by a 9-6 overall margin and committed four errors in the victory, compared to three errors by the guests. Both teams stranded eight runners on base.
Levi Russell was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one run and one hit over 1.2 innings of relief while striking out two. PPHS starter Gage Buskirk allowed six runs, five hits and five walks over 5.1 frames while fanning nine in the no-decision.
Ryan Snodgrass took the loss after surrendering four earned runs and three walks over six innings while striking out five.
Abe Stearns led Point Pleasant with two hits, followed by Toler, Russell, Porter, Alex Somerville, Cody Sockwell, Evan Potter and Nick Templeton with a safety apiece. Potter led the hosts with two RBIs, while Somerville scored a team-high two runs.
Jordan Meadows led SSHS with two hits and two runs scored. Brian Schack also drove in a team-best two RBIs in the setback.