POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Now that’s getting back up on the horse.
After having its six-game winning streak snapped in a 10-8 loss to Wayne Monday night, the Point Pleasant baseball team wasted little time Wednesday in getting back to its winning ways during a 10-0 decision over visiting Sissonville in a Cardinal Conference matchup in Mason County.
The host Big Blacks (14-5, 6-2 Cardinal) rode the arm of starter Austen Toler, who allowed no hits and three walks over five innings while striking out nine in the complete-game decision. PPHS also produced a dozen hits in the triumph, while the Indians had the lone error in the contest.
Point Pleasant established a 5-0 lead after an inning of play, then tacked on three more scores in the second for a comfortable 8-0 cushion through two complete. The hosts added a run apiece in the fourth and fifth frames, allowing the Big Blacks to claim the mercy-rule outcome. PPHS also defeated Sissonville at SHS back on March 26 by a 12-1 margin.
Jason Stouffer led Point with four hits, followed by Toler, Brandon Toler, Eric Roberts, Evan Potter, Alex Somerville, Steven Porter, Jacob Gardner and Layne Thompson with one safety apiece. Stouffer and Somerville each drove in two RBIs, while Somerville and Levi Doolittle both scored twice in the triumph.
Dominic Walker took the loss for SHS after surrendering five earned runs, four hits and three walks over a third of an inning. Sissonville pitchers gave up five walks and recorded only one strikeout.