CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — A little extra baseball never hurt anything.
While the Point Pleasant and Chapmanville baseball teams await the regional tournament they gave each other a little tuneup with a regular season game in Logan County. The Big Blacks needed eight innings but they ended the nine-game winning streak of the host Tigers by a 6-4 count.
After three scoreless frames Chapmanville (26-6) broke through with two runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth to gain the 4-0 advantage. The Big Blacks (18-10) tied the game up with four runs in the top of the sixth inning and, after a scoreless seventh frame, forced extra innings. PPHS marked two runs in the top of the eighth inning and took the 6-4 road win.
Alex Somerville earned the win for Point Pleasant after throwing 3.1 shutout innings in relief, in which he allowed two hits and four walks. PPHS starter Levi Russell allowed two unearned runs on three hits and a walk in four innings, while Abe Stearns allowed two earned runs on one hit and three walks. Russell and Somerville both struck out four.
Christopher Bailey suffered the loss for CHS after allowing two unearned runs on a hit and a walk in one inning of relief. Chapmanville starter Trey Dalton allowed one hit through five shutout innings and he struck out nine, while Tristan Thompson threw two innings, struck out one and allowed four earned runs on four hits and two walks.
The Point Pleasant offense was led by Evan Potter and Alex Somerville with two hits apiece, while Cody Sockwell and Austen Toler each had one hit. Potter and Sockwell both scored twice, Somerville and Jeremy Tate both crossed the plate once, while Potter, Toler, Gage Buskirk and Bruce McDermitt each had an RBI. Somerville had the lone extra-base hit in the game, a triple, and the lone PPHS stolen base.
Brock Dalton, Brent Bigley, Christopher Bailey, Jordan Cook and Brady Cox each had a hit for Chapmanville, while Copley, Cox, Adam Dingess and Nick Brumfield each scored. Copley, Bigley and Bailey each had an RBI, while Cook, Cox and Alex Berry each had a stolen base.
Chapmanville had defeated PPHS on April 16 on in Point Pleasant by a 13-7 count.