Pointers fall in regionals

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 28, 2000

LANCASTER – Steubenville needed a short amount of time to end the South Point Pointers long run.

Sunday, May 28, 2000

LANCASTER – Steubenville needed a short amount of time to end the South Point Pointers long run.

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The Steubenville Big Red beat the Pointers 13-1 in five innings Friday in the Division II regional semifinals at Beavers Field, thus ending the longest tournament run in South Point school history.

"It was a good season," Pointers coach Bob Lester said. "We would have liked to have made a better showing.

"We’re a better team than we showed. We either play real sharp or real bad, and this was a bad one."

The Pointers have had more sharp days than bad. They finished the season 17-7 overall including three wins in the tournament, and were co-Ohio Valley Conference champions.

Mike DiAngelo pitched a six-hitter for the Big Red and Al Andrews and J. J. Bainbridge each went 3-for-3 to lead an 11-hit attack.

Andrews had a triple and a two-run homer in his total.

"That’s a good ball club. They hit the ball hard," said Lester.

Jared Waggoner was 2-3 with a double and the Pointers only run batted in. Brian Cremeans also went 2-3, Justin Eaches 1-2 with a double and run scored, and Shane Fuller 1-3.

Steubenville jumped in front 5-0 the first inning.

After Andrews grounded out to start the inning, Greg Besozzi doubled, Mike Joyce reached on an error, and Bob Crowe had a two-run single.

Matt Vein was safe on an error, Chris Schloss singled, and Justin Banks hit a sacrifice fly for two more runs. Bainbridge then singled home the final run.

The lead went to 7-0 in the second. Joyce walked and Crowe had an RBI double. Vein hit a sacrifice fly to score Crowe.

Two more runs scored in the third when Bainbridge singled and Andrews homered to center over the 390-foot sign.

The Big Red plated four runs in the fourth to build a 13-0 lead.

Banks walked, stole second, and scored on Bainbridge’s base hit. Andrews tripled home Bainbridge and Besozzi grounded out as a run scored.

Joyce singled, moved up on a balk, Crowe walked, and a bad pickoff throw at first allowed Joyce to come all the way around from second base to score.

The Pointers didn’t go down without a fight.

In the top of the fifth, Eaches smacked a one-out double to left. Cremeans singled to left with Eaches going to third. Waggoner then singled to left as the run scored.

But DiAngelo got the next batter to hit into a 6-4 force play to end the game.

South Point had threatened in the top of the first when Fuller singled and Waggoner doubled with one out, but DiAngelo recorded a strikeout and a ground out to end the rally.

Saturday’s 1 p.m. finals matched Washington Court House (21-1) against Steubenville (25-3). Court House beat Rayland Buckeye Local 9-6 in Friday’s first game.

South Point 000 01 – 1 6 3

Steubenville 522 4x – 13 11 1

Jared Waggoner, Patrick Panell (1), Brian Cremeans (4) and Nick Clay. Mike DiAngelo and Rob Crowe. W-DiAngelo (5-K, 0-W). HBP-by DiAngelo (B. J. Belville), by Panell (Matt Vein). Balk-Panell, Cremeans. SF-Steubenville: Justin Banks, Matt Vein. SB-Steubenville: Justin Banks. 2B-South Point: Jared Waggoner, Justin Eaches; Steubenville: Greg Besozzi, Rob Crowe. 3B-Steubenville: Andrews. HR-Steubenville: Al Andrews. Hitting-South Point: Shane Fuller 1-3, Brian Cremeans 2-3, Jared Waggoner 2-3 (RBI), Justin Eaches 1-2; Steubenville: Al Andrews 2-4, Greg Besozzi 1-3, Mike Joyce 1-2, Rob Crowe 3-3, Chris Schloss 1-4, J. J. Bainbridge 3-3.