In the sixth, the Wildcats pulled off a double steal of second and third, and Evan Eich came home on a scoring error to make it 6-4. Point (14-9) survived a dropped ball in left field without another run, thanks to Toler striking out the side.
In the bottom of the seventh, a fielding error on a slow roller to second helped Nitro put runners on first and second with one out. But cleanup hitter Dylan Slack lined into a double play, with Solomon Shamblin doubled up at second to end of the game.
Shamblin will see better days on the basepaths. In the first, he was tossed out at the plate by right fielder Jacob Gardner, with second baseman Campbell handling the relay. In the fifth, he was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch.
"One of them [the wild pitch] was on us," McClanahan said. "The other two were bad base-running mistakes we'll get fixed, we'll overcome. Credit [Point] for making tough plays - you get a passed ball and you get the ball back to the pitcher [for the tag], that's a play you often see the ball dropped, the ball overthrown. They executed on it."
Both teams have difficult assignments ahead. Nitro travels to Buckhannon-Upshur this weekend, then proceeds to the Eastern Panhandle to play Martinsburg and Washington.
The Big Blacks face six games next week, including heavy-hitting Herbert Hoover, Huntington, Hurricane and cross-river rival Gallia Academy.
But the road win Thursday regenerates confidence.
"We won 10 in a row, we lost three in a row and things weren't going well," Higginbotham said. "We weren't hitting the ball, and we had a day off [Wednesday] and got some practice in, which helped us."
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