Unearned runs spell loss for Wave

 Gray Berry rounds third.
Staff Writer

Two unearned runs cost West Point in a 7-5 extra-inning high school baseball loss Saturday to traditional power New Hope.

The game may be a sign of things to come between the two schools, which will be in the same district, along with Columbus, next year following realignment based on enrollment.

in Saturday’s game, the Green Wave took advantage of an unearned run of their own to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning and could have posted a bunch more.

Baker Watson was hit by a pitch with one out and one out later, he scored on a error by the left fielder on Bryan Robert Watson’s fly ball.

Davion Goree and Brandon Lairy followed with walks to load the bases, but West Point couldn’t push across more runs. In the second, Drew Wright walked and Xavier Moody singled and Wright eventually scored to put the Wave up 2-0.

New Hope got one in the third and three in the top of the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. But it was short-lived.

Wright opened the bottom of the fourth with a single, Moody doubled and Roe Ketchum walked to load the bases. A one out error on a ball off the bat of Gray Berry scored two runs. B.R. Watson’s single drove home Ketchum for a 5-4 lead.

New Hope tied the game in the sixth, setting the stage for the eighth.

A single and a walk with two outs gave the Trojans life and the winning runs scored on an error.

Moody had a pair of hits, including his double. Berry, B. R. Watson, and Wright each had a hit.

Wave batters struck out nine times and managed seven walks off three New Hope pitchers. Two of the Wave’s five runs were earned.

Three Wave pitchers scattered nine hits, walked five and fanned five. Only two of the Trojans’ runs were earned as West Point had five fielding miscues.

The Green Wave are at Grenada today for a district game, play Kosciusko Thursday and host Grenada Friday.