NITRO, W.Va. — Sometimes you just wind up on the wrong end of a great performance.
The Nitro baseball team out-hit Point Pleasant 11-to-3 Tuesday night, and the Wildcats took the 10-0 victory in the Class AAA Region IV semifinal in Kanawha County.
The Wildcats (24-8) marked a run in the opening inning and added three more in the bottom of the second. Nitro scored once in the third, twice in the fourth and three times in the bottom of the fifth to seal the 10-0 mercy rule victory.
Jacob Bradley earned the victory for Nitro, allowing just three hits and two walks in five shutout innings. Bradley struck out six in the win.
Point Pleasant (19-11) starting pitcher Evan Potter suffered the loss, while surrendering seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and three walks in four innings. Alex Somerville allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in .1 innings of relief. Potter struck out four, while Somerville fanned one.
The Big Blacks offense was led by Trevor Porter with a double, while Alex Somerivlle and Gage Buskirk each had a single.
Tyler Barton, Matt Harrison and Matt Jewell each had two hits to lead the Wildcats, while Andrew Stone, Kacey Williams, Solomon Shamblin, Dylan Slack and Eddie Flores each had one hit.
Slack led NHS with three RBIs on a homerun, while Barton, Bradley, Flores, Shamblin and Stone each had one RBI. Harrison, Shamblin and Barton each scored twice, Slack, Jewell, Jacob Williams and Dakota Casto each had one run scored, while Harrison and Shamblin each had a stolen base.
Nitro will travel to Hurricane on Thursday for the Region IV final. The Wildcats missed the state tournament last season for the first time since 2006.
This marks the final game for PPHS seniors Austen Toler, Evan Potter, Brycen Reymond, Nick Templeton, Levi Russell and Alex Somerville.