Big hits lead Trojans past South Point

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 14, 2005

SOUTH POINT - Big hits gave the Portsmouth Trojans a big win.

Drew Howard had a grand slam home run and pitcher Derek Wales belted a three-run triple as the Portsmouth Trojans breezed past the South Point Pointers 18-2 Tuesday in the Division III sectional tournament.

Portsmouth, 16-8, will play at Wheelersburg Friday in the sectional finals.

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The Pointers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Anthony Ross singled, moved up on Dale Kinney's ground out and scored on a hit by Justin Smith.

But Howard hit a grand slam in the second inning to highlight an eight-run rally to make it 8-1.

Wales emptied the bases with a triple to key a 10-run third inning that opened up an 18-1 lead.

The Pointers got a run in the bottom of the third when Corey Smoot doubled and Smith singled.

Smoot went 3-3 while Smith was 2-2 with both RBI.

Wales, 4-1, went the first three innings to get the win. He struck out one and did not walk a batter.

The Trojans had 12 hits with Brian Estep going 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and Randy Phipps 2-3 with two RBI. J.R. Glockner was 2-2 with a pair of runs driven in.

Smith took the loss for the Pointers who finished the season 15-10.


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Derek Wales (4-1), Jacob Young (4) and Randy Phipps. Justin Smith, Anthony Ross (3), Dale Kinney (4) and Dale Kinney, Rocky Roe (4). W-Wales (1-K, 0-BB). L-Smith. 2B-Portsmouth: Randy Phipps, Brian Estep; South Point: Corey Smoot. 3B-Portsmouth: Derek Wales. HR-Portsmouth: Drew Howard. Hitting-Portsmouth Randy Phipps 2-3 (2 RBI), Drew Howard 1-2 (4 RBI), J.R. Glockner 2-2 (2 RBI), Brian Estep 2-3 (3 RBI); South Point: Corey Smoot 3-3, Justin Smith 2-2 (2 RBI), Anthony Ross 1-3, Kyle Hughes 1-2.