WAYNE, W.Va. — There’s nowhere to go but up.
The Point Pleasant baseball team hit its lowest point of the season following an 11-0 mercy-rule setback to host Wayne on Wednesday night during a five-inning non-conference contest in Wayne County.
The Big Blacks (8-8) mustered only one hit, allowed seven unearned runs and committed all four of the game’s errors while dropping their second consecutive decision. The guests suffered their second mercy-rule loss of the spring while also being shutout for only the second time this year.
WHS starter Cody Noe was in complete control for the Pioneers (8-3) as the sophomore hurler struck out the side in the second and was perfect through four complete.
Matt Richardson came through with Point’s lone offensive presence with a single to leadoff the fifth, but Richardson never got into scoring position.
Noe ended up allowing only the one hit and walked nobody in five innings of work while striking out seven in the victory. It was also the fourth straight overall triumph for the Pioneers.
The game was scoreless through an inning of play, but the hosts plated two runs in the second and added three more in the third for a 5-0 advantage.
Wayne then sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, which resulted in six runs on three hits, three walks, two passed balls and two errors. What was worse, all six unearned runs followed an error and came after PPHS started the frame by recording back-to-back outs.
Wayne outhit the guests by a 9-1 overall margin and left five stranded on base, compared to just the one runner left by Point Pleasant.
Abe Stearns suffered the setback after allowing eight runs (four earned), seven hits and two walks over 3.2 innings while striking out one.
Tyler Mitchell also worked one-third of an inning of relief, surrendering three unearned runs, two hits and two walks while fanning one.
Noe led the hosts with three hits and scored twice, while Zach Perry added two hits and a team-high three RBIs.
Cayden Ross had a team-best three runs scored and Brad Sharp crossed home plate twice for the victors. Luke Cassidy also knocked in two RBIs for Wayne.
Point Pleasant — which is now 3-5 in road contests — returns to action Friday and Saturday when it travels to Cabell County for the Huntington Baseball Tournament.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.