Errors key as Pointers top Hornets
By JIM WALKER
Tribune Sports Editor
COAL GROVE — Walks will haunt but errors will bury you.
The Coal Grove Hornets were guilty of 10 errors in an 11-1 six-inning loss on Monday to the South Point Pointers in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
“We didn’t hit and had a bunch of errors. That’s the recipe for a loss,” said Hornets’s coach Dean Mader. “But give them credit. Their kid pitched really well.”
Coal Grove (2-6, 1-3) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Mason Nance singled, moved up on an error and scored on a ground out by Conor Markins.
But the Pointers scored five times in the third on a walk, three errors, an RBI single by Josh Lien and a two-run single by Brandon Boggs.
Two walks and an error made it 7-1 in the fourth and a run scored in the fifth when Austin Majher singled and Lien reached on a fielder’s choice.
The final three runs scored in the sixth.
Larry Brandon was safe on an error, Josh Browning walked and Brandon Conley had a two-run single. Trey Kerns squeeze bunt scored the third run.
Browning pitched a two-hitter, struck out seven and did not walk a batter to get the win. Three Coal Grove pitchers combined for eight strikeouts and eight walks.
Boggs was 2-3 while Alex White, Lien and Conley all went 2-4 as South Point had eight hits.
Coal Grove hosts Elliott County on Thursday.
South Point 005 213 = 11 8 2
Coal Grove 100 000 = 1 2 10
Josh Browning and Austin Majher. Jacob Pierce, Jonathan Joseph (4), Conor Markins (4) and Jesse Rigsby. W-Browning (K-7, BB-0). L-Pierce. 2B-SP: Brandon Boggs. Hitting-SP: Josh Lien 2-4, Alex Whitt 2-4, Brandon Conley 2-4, Brandon Boggs 2-3; CG: Jacob Pierce 1-2, Mason Nance 1-3.