SP holds on to win

Published 2:15 am Friday, May 16, 2014

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

SOUTH POINT — The South Point Pointers opened Division III sectional tournament play with a win.

But they had to make it exciting.

The Pointers built a 6-0 lead, then held off a five-run seventh inning rally by River Valley as they beat the Raiders 6-5 Wednesday.

Alex Whitt got the win with 6.1 innings of work and six strikeouts. He also went 3-4 with two runs batted in.

Brandon Boggs worked two-thirds of an inning for the save.

The Pointers made it interesting by committing six errors. The Raiders had seven miscues.

The game was scoreless until the third when Trey Kearns singled and Whitt doubled him home.

The Pointers rallied for four runs in the fifth to lead 5-0.

Kearns singled and scored on a couple of throwing errors. Boggs singled, Chris Woodard reached on an error and Patrick Jones singled to score pinch-runner Justin Taylor.

Logan Wade hit a sacrifice fly for the final run.

South Point got proved to be the winning run in the sixth when Brandon Layne singled, went to second on a throwing error and scored on Whitt’s base hit.

River Valley began its seventh inning rally with a one-out hit by Cody Lee. Tim Kemper and Mike Williams singled for a run and Austin Barber singled and an outfield error allow three runs to score.

Boggs came on in relief and Tyler Cline reach on an error. After a fielder’s choice, Trey Farley was intentionally walked.

But Cline got caught in a rundown between third base and home and was tagged out to end the game.

Wade was 2-2 and Kearns 2-4 as the Pointers collected 11 hits.

River Valley 000 000 5 = 5 7 7

South Point 001 041 x = 6 11 6

Trey Farley and Austin Barber. Alex Whitt, Brandon Boggs (7) and Christian Pritchard. W-Whitt (IP-6.1, K-6, BB-0, H-7, R-5). Save-Boggs (IP-0.2, BB-1). L-Farley (K-3, BB-0). Hitting-RV: Austin Barber 2-4 rbi-2, Cody Lee 2-3, Tim Kemper 1-3, Mike Williams 1-3 rbi, Devin McDonald 1-3 rbi; SP: Trey Kearns 2-4, Alex Whitt 3-4 rbi-2, Brandon Boggs 1-3, Patrick Jones 1-3 rbi, Logan Wade 2-2 rbi, Tyler Branch 1-3, Brandon Layne 1-1. 2B-SP: Alex Whitt 2, Logan Wade.