Pointers close OVC with 10-1 rout of RV
Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 8, 2004
CHESHIRE - After an upset loss to Coal Grove on Wednesday to ruin their Ohio Valley Conference title hopes, the South Point Pointers could have easily closed the book on the baseball season.
But that was not the case as the Pointers won their final two regular season games including 10-1 over River Valley Friday in an OVC game.
"We went from feeling as low as we can to feeling like the weight of the world came off our shoulders. We played like a team the last two games," Pointers coach Kevin Milem said.
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Tyler Staton picked up the win as he allowed just four hits in the complete game performance. Staton struck out four and walked only one.
South Point, 11-11 and 7-3 in the OVC, plays at Fairland Tuesday in the Division III sectional tournament.
The Pointers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Seth Craft walked, stole second and scored on a pair of passed balls.
The lead went to 4-0 in the top of the second inning.
Calvin Robinson singled, stole second and scored when Corey Smoot singled. Smoot stole second, took third when Tyler Wells put down a sacrifice bunt, and came home on Zane Joy's base hit.
Joy stole second and came around on Wes Patterson's single.
River Valley got a run in the bottom of the second to make it 4-1. The score remained that way until the fifth inning when the Pointers scored three more runs.
Andy Ray and Craft singled, moved up on a balk, and scored when Kinney singled. An outfield error on the play enabled Kinney to reach second base. Kinney went to third on a fly out and scored when Robinson hit into a fielder's choice.
The got three more runs scored in the seventh inning to make it 9-1.
Staton singled, stole second and took third on an error. Robinson walked and stole second, Smoot singled both runners. Smoot came to third on a throwing error. Adam McCarty walked and was thrown out stealing second, but Smoot came home on the play to score the final run.
Smoot went 3-4 to lead the 12-hit attack. Robinson and Patterson each went 2-3.
The Pointers were coming off a 4-3 win over Wayne, W.Va., on Thursday.
McCarty went 6.2 innings
and gave up five hits to get the win. He faced the minimum batters through six innings, then gave up three runs and three hits in the seventh forcing Craft to come on and strike out the last batter with the bases loaded.
Craft and Staton hit home runs to spark the offense.
Tyler Staton and Dale Kinney. Schultz and Eddy. W-Staton 4-2 (4-K, 1-W). L-Schultz (3-K, 5-W). 2B-South Point: Calvin Robinson. Hitting-South Point: Wes Patterson 2-3, Andy Ray 1-2, Seth Craft 1-3, Dale Kinney 1-3, Tyler Staton 1-4, Calvin Robinson 2-3, Corey Smoot 3-4, Zane Joy 1-4: River Valley: Smith 1-3, Schultz 1-3, Rice 1-3, Brown 1-3.