RAVENSWOOD - Pt. Pleasant pushed across unanswered single runs in the third, four and seventh innings to hand host Ravenswood a 6-4 setback Tuesday at Wright Field.
The game started with offensive fireworks as the Big Blacks scored three runs in the top of the first on a three-run blast over the right center field fence.
But the Red Devils answered with three runs of their won in the bottom half of the initial inning. Devon Crews ripped an RBI single over shortstop to plate Thomas Sturm who had reached after being hit by a pitch, and Isaac Crow followed with a two-run bomb over the Red Monster in right field to knot the game at 3-3.
Ravenswood grabbed the lead at 4-3 in the bottom of the second on Logan Jarrett’s RBI single to right field.
The Big Blacks tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the third and took a 5-4 lead with a single run in the top of the fourth inning.
Crow came on in relief to fan a Point batter with two out and the bases loaded in the sixth, but the Big Blacks scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh when a dying line drive to left got past the diving Rhys Jelich and rolled to the fence plating the rn from second base.
Ravenswood had a chance to tie or take the lead in the bottom of the sixth with runners on second and third with two out. But winning pitcher Austen Toler struck out Logan Jarrett to end the threat. Freshman reliever Ronald Stearns then retired Crews, Crow and Heath Burgess in order in the bottom of the seventh on back-to-back strikeouts and a flyout to end the game.
Toler got the win for Point, tossing six innings with 12 strikeouts, four walks and six hits allowed. Stearns got the save, fanning two.
Jesse Brown was tagged with the loss for the Devils, tossing four and two-thirds innings with six strikeouts, four walks and five hits allowed. Crow pitched two and one-third innings, fanning three, walking two and allowing one hit and one run.
At the plate, Heath Burgess led the Red Devils with a double and single. Crows added a two-run homer; Crews and Jarrett, an RBI single each; and Sturm, a single.