POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant baseball team committed four errors Monday night as they were defeated 10-8 by Cardinal Conference rival Wayne in Mason County.
The Pioneers (10-7, 4-3 Cardinal) scored one run on one hit in the top of the first, but the Big Blacks (13-5, 5-2) countered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning off of a two-run home run by Brandon Toler. Wayne scored three runs in the top of the third to take the 4-2 lead.
The Big Blacks scored three runs in the bottom of the third off of a Evan Potter home run. Each team scored one run in the fourth inning and two runs in the sixth. Wayne scored three runs in the seventh and for the first time in the game PPHS couldn’t answer. Wayne took the 10-8 victory, it’s 10th of the year.
Eric Roberts received and Levi Russell received no decisions while Austen Toler took the loss. Roberts gave up seven runs on 11 hits and two walks while he struck out six in 5.3 innings. Russell pitch just .1 innings and gave up nothing. Austen Toler gave up three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one batter in one inning of work.
Brandon Maynard was the winning pitcher and he gave up eight runs on seven hits and six walks in seven innings of work. Maynard struck out nine batters.
Brandon Toler and Jason Stouffer each had two hits to pace the Big Blacks while Evan Potter, Steven Porter, and Alex Somerville each had one hit. Brandon Toler led PPHS with four runs scored in the game.
Corey Pancake and Tyler Adkins led Wayne with three hits each.
Point Pleasant returns to action Wednesday at 6 p.m. when it hosts Sissonville.