Pointers rally by West for sectional crown

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 10, 2001

WEST PORTSMOUTH – When the South Point Pointers finally took off, they didn’t just fly past the Portsmouth West Senators, they soared.

Thursday, May 10, 2001

WEST PORTSMOUTH – When the South Point Pointers finally took off, they didn’t just fly past the Portsmouth West Senators, they soared.

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Down 6-3 going into the seventh inning, the Pointers scored 10 runs in two innings and beat the Senators 13-6 Wednesday to claim the Division III sectional championship.

South Point tied the game in the top of the seventh with a one-out rally.

Jamie Douglas reached on an error, and Justin Eaches, Dick Weaver, and J. D. Sullivan all walked to force in a run. Brandon Primm walked to scored the second run and Nick lay hit into a fielder’s choice to score Weaver with the tying run.

"The first man made an out and then we just took off," Pointers coach Bob Lester said.

"We jumped right on them in the eighth and it was Katie bar the door. That will give us a good boost for next week. The kids came through with pretty good style. I was pretty happy with it, although I wasn’t too happy early in the game."

Shane Holsinger and Douglas hit back-to-back doubles to start the eighth inning an snap the 6-6 tie. A passed ball sent Douglas to third, Eaches and Weaver walked, and Sullivan singled home the go-ahead run.

Brandon Primm doubled in two more runs, Jarred Perdue was walked intentionally, and Brian Cremeans reached on a fielder’s choice as another run scored. Brian Cremeans was safe on a fielder’s choice as a run scored, went to second on a passed ball, and then Holsinger capped the rally with a two-run single.

"We made a lot of mistakes early, but they fought and clawed and scratched and came back," Lester said.

South Point, 17-7, plays Paint Valley at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Lucasville Valley in the district semifinals. Monday’s district game at Vally has Zane Trace playing Nelsonville-York. The two winners meet next Friday.

After two scoreless innings, both teams scored twice in the third.

Perdue and Cremeans walked to start the third, Holsinger was safe on an error to load the bases, and Douglas hit into a fielder’s choice as Perdue scored. Eaches then put down a squeeze bunt to score Cremeans.

West tied the game in the bottom of the inning.

Staggs tripled and Rice singled for the first run. Rice went to third on an outfield error and came on to score when Erline singled.

West went ahead in the fourth when Mudhink walked, moved up on a fielder’s choice by Rawlins, stole third, and scored on an error.

The Pointers tied the game in the fifth. Douglas singled, Eaches doubled, and Weaver laid down a squeeze bunt.

The Senators got three runs in the sixth to take a 6-3 lead.

Risner singled, went to third on a pair of passed balls, Mudhink walked, and Rawlins was safe on an error as a run scored. Williams singled home a run and Staggs had an RBI single.

Douglas went the distance to get the win. He struck out 10 and walked six.

Holsinger and Douglas each went 2-for-5 as the Pointers got eight hits. Staggs was 3-for-4, Williams 3-for-5, and Rice 2-for-4 to lead a 10-hit West attack.

So. Point 002 010 37 – 13 8 4

Prts. West 002 103 00 – 6 10 3

Jamie Douglas and Nick Clay. Williams (5-K, 5-W), Rice (5), Dever (7) and Erline. W-Douglas (10-K, 6-W). L-Dever (2-K, 8-W). 2B-Jarred Perdue, Shane Holsinger, Jamie Douglas, Justin Eaches, Brandon Primm; West: Williams. 3B-West: Staggs. Hitting-South Point: Jarred Perdue 1-2, Shane Holsinger 2-5, Jamie Douglas 2-5, Justin Eaches 1-2, J. D. Sullivan 1-4, Brandon Primm 1-3; West: Williams 3-5, Staggs 3-4, Rice 2-4, Erline 1-3, Risner 1-4.