HURRICANE, W.Va. — A tough start to the new year.
The Point Pleasant baseball team mustered only two hits while host Hurricane posted at least three runs in three out of four innings at the plate Saturday during a 15-0 decision in a non-conference, season-opening matchup in Putnam County.
The Big Blacks (0-1) prodcued only five total baserunners in the five-inning mercy-rule setback, and only twice did the guests have a baserunner advance to second base while never advancing to third.
Tucker Mayes walked with one out in the second and advanced to second on a two-out single by Alec Smith. Abe Stearns led the fourth off with a single, but was forced out on a fielder’s choice by Miles Williams. Williams eventually ended up at second on a two-out walk by Tyler Mitchell before the inning ended.
The Redskins (1-0), on the other hand, sent a dozen batters to the plate in the first inning alone, which resulted in eight runs on eight hits and a walk for an early eight-run cushion.
HHS tacked on three more runs in the second, added another in the third and tallied three more scores in the fourth for a commanding 15-0 cushion through four complete.
PPHS went down in order in the top half of the fifth, which ultimately wrapped up the mercy-rule outcome.
Hurricane outhit the guests by a sizable 15-2 overall margin, with Point Pleasant committing the only two errors of the contest. HHS stranded seven runners on base while the Big Blacks left four on the bags.
Logan McClure was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one hit and one walk over three innings while striking out two. Williams took the loss after surrendering eight earned runs, seven hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning of work.
Aaron Perry and Nate Dunham paced the hosts with three hits apiece, followed by Garrett Gress and Noah Short with two safeties each. Bo Adkins, Jake Allen, Noah Birthisel, Liam Bailey and Tyler Cox also had a hit apiece for the victors.
Short led HHS by knocking in four RBIs, followed by Perry and Dunham with three RBIs each. Perry, Dunham, Adkins, Birthisel, Bailey and Cox also scored twice apiece in the triumph. Adkins also led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run to right-center field.
Point Pleasant is at Nitro on Monday and will make its home debut Wednesday when Wayne comes to town for a 7 p.m. contest.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.