POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — In baseball, you may not be able to win a game on defense, but you sure can lose a game on defense.
The Point Pleasant baseball team committed six errors on Tuesday night, allowing non-conference guest Ravenswood to esacpe Mason County with a 4-3 win.
The Red Devils (8-3) combined one hit with two walks and one PPHS (8-7) error, to score two runs in the top of the first inning. However, the Big Blacks cut the deficit in half with one out in the bottom of the frame, as Matt Richardson singled home Chris Lush.
Over the next three innings, Point Pleasant advanced two runners to third base, but neither managed to score. The Big Blacks finally tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, when Abe Stearns drove in Kaleb Beckner.
Point Pleasant took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth frame, as Austin Richardson drove in Alec Smith with a two-out single.
The PPHS lead was short-lived, however, as Ravenswood scored two runs on two hits and two errors in the top of the seventh inning. The Big Blacks were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh, as RHS took the 4-3 win.
Nathan Curtis earned the pitching victory for Ravenswood, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits and one walk. Curtis struck out five in a complete game effort.
Jordan Cunningham earned a no-decision the mound for PPHS, allowing three runs, two earned, on two walks and three hits in 6.1 innings. Matt Richardson suffered the loss, allowing one unearned run on one hit in .2 innings of relief. Cunningham struck out four in the setback.
Lush led the PPHS offense with one double, one single and one run scored in four at-bats, while Matt Richardson was 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI. Stearns and Austin Richardson both singled once and drove in one run for the Big Blacks, Derek King and Justice Chapman both doubled once, while Beckner and Smith each scored one run.
Chase Swain led the Red Devils, going 3-for-4 with one double, two singles, one run scored and one RBI. Zachery Miller singled once and scored once for RHS, Nicholas Taylor added two runs scored, while Lakin Tucker chipped in with an RBI.
Stearns and Garrett Litchfield each stole one base for the Big Blacks, while Miller and Blake Bennett each had a steal for the victors.
PPHS committed six errors and left six runners on base in the loss, while Ravenswood had one error and seven runners stranded.
The Big Blacks will look for redemption on April 25, when they invade Jackson County.
PPHS is scheduled to visit Wayne on Wednesday, and will return to the diamond on Friday at Huntington.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.