MASON, W. Va. — Runs and errors often go hand in hand.
The Point Pleasant baseball team scored 10 runs in the sixth inning en route to a 16-4 victory, as host Wahama committed nine errors in a non-conference contest between Mason County programs on Thursday night at Claflin Stadium.
PPHS (6-5) leaped to a 5-0 lead through two innings of play, but the White Falcons (5-2) cut the deficit to 5-1 in the bottom of the third frame.
The Red and Black extended it’s lead to 6-1 in the top of the fifth, however in the bottom half of the inning Wahama again chipped into the difference by adding two runs of their own to narrow the margin to 6-3.
Point Pleasant’s offense came alive in the sixth, as they chased WHS starter David Hendrick from the mound after six innings of work having allowed six runs and feasted on White Falcon relief pitching to extend the advantage to 16-3.
Wahama tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth, but PPHS allowed no further damage and closed out the 12-point victory.
Miles Williams and Carter Smith led the way for Point Pleasant with three hits, as Thomas Mayes followed with two safeties, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Smith and Mayes also finished with five RBI apiece.
Joel Beattie, Brody Jeffers, Kyelar Morrow and Alec Smith closed out the hit totals for PPHS with one hit each, respectively.
Beattie, Jeffers and Sam Pinkerton also provided one RBI each in the contest.
Mike Williams earned the pitching victory, as he provided five innings of work and surrendered three runs on eight hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.
David Hendrick suffered the loss for Wahama, as he surrendered six runs on six hits, with four walks and striking out three hitters.
Antonio Servicz provided ⅔ innings of relief and allowed eight runs on six hits. Tyler Bumgarner also had ⅓ innings of work and allowed two runs on two hits.
Hendrick and Tanner Smith led the White Falcons with two hits apiece. Dalton Kearns, Colton Arrington, Anthony Ortiz, Bumgarner and Serevicz each finished with one safety each.
Ortiz also had two RBI in the contest, as Tanner Smith drove in one run to conclude the offensive totals for Wahama.
Following the game, Point Pleasant head coach Andrew Blain was pleased with his team’s performance — particularly with their focus and intensity.
“We came out aggressive,” said Blain. “I really like our intensity and our focus. We faced a regional opponent in Wayne in our game before this one tonight and had the complete polar opposite of this type of focus and intensity for that game.”
“We just came off being 10-run ruled. So the way these guys were able to bounce back from that performance into this one, that’s the kind of rebound that you like to see from your players. It’s especially important when you are facing a county rival, they were up for this game. We know they are always up for this game at Wahama, so I was very pleased with how my players would respond following a loss and I’m very satisfied. I think this team has a lot of potential and tonight was a good way to set some momentum.”
In contrast, WHS head coach Billy Zuspan viewed the setback as a matter of his team making too many mistakes against a quality baseball team.
“Point Pleasant is a good baseball team,” said Zuspan. “They are well-coached. We lost to a quality team tonight. It was a setback, but I felt like we made some mistakes through the course of the game that you can’t make against a good team because they will capitalize on them.
“We aren’t derailed, but we have a lot of baseball to play over the span of the next two weeks. We need to get back to playing good baseball, hitting the ball like we did earlier in the season. I’m confident these players will bounce back from a loss such as this one. They have a strong will and and resolve. I’m confident going into our upcoming schedule against conference teams that they’ll bounce back and get back to our winning ways. It’s baseball, sometimes things are going well and sometimes you make too many mistakes. We made too many tonight.”
Scott Jones can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext 2106.