PEDRO — A three-run seventh inning helped the Portsmouth Trojans’ baseball team remain undefeated in Ohio Valley Conference play on Thursday.
Entering the seventh tied 2-2 with their host Rock Hill, the Trojans scored three runs with two outs — giving them the necessary cushion to secure a 5-2 lead.
A Dariyonne Bryant double scored J.T. Williams as the go-ahead run to put Portsmouth in front 3-2.
A Tyler Duncan RBI-single made it 4-2 Portsmouth, then a pair of walks — including a bases loaded RBI-walk drawn by Reade Pendleton — gave the Trojans their fifth and final run.
Portsmouth (10-1, 6-0 OVC) and Rock Hill (7-3, 4-1 OVC) were the final two OVC baseball teams which were undefeated entering Thursday.
Now the Trojans stand atop the standings, with the Redmen, Fairland, and Gallia Academy all with one loss.
Junior Vinnie Lonardo was lights out on the mound in the Portsmouth victory.
The left-hander allowed just three hits and issued three walks in the complete-game win, striking out nine Rock Hill batters on 102 pitches.
Portsmouth traveled to South Point on Friday in OVC play, and will welcome Rock Hill to Hatcher Field on Monday (April 25).
Portsmouth 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 — 6 7 2
Rock Hill 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 — 2 3 1
Drew Roe 1-3, R, BB
Tyler Duncan 2-4, RBI
Daewin Spence 1-2, 2R, RBI, 2BB
Reade Pendleton 1-3, RBI, BB
Amari Harmon 0-4
Vinnie Lonardo 0-3, RBI
Deandre Berry 1-3
Nathaniel Berry 0-2
Zach Roth 0-1
J.T. Williams 0-0, R
Dariyonne Bryant 1-3, R, RBI
Vinnie Lonardo (P) 7IP, 3H, 0ER, 3BB, 9K (W)
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