WEST POINT — The Pointers almost pulled off a come-from-behind win Thursday against visiting Surry after struggling at the plate for most of the day.
West Point's bats finally came alive in the bottom of the seventh inning, plating five runs after Pointers batters produced just a single hit through the first six innings.
"We struggled at the plate the past two games against their starting pitching," said West Point's first-year coach Doug Cash. "Until they put their young reliever in at the end, we just couldn't hit them, which is very frustrating since we have hit better pitchers than they threw at us."
From the mound, Hunter Haden and Walker Rowe combined to strike out seven Cougar batters, although fielding mistakes nipped the Pointers in the bud.
"I told the players after the game that our pitching was fine. We only gave up a couple of runs that they earned," Cash said. "We gave them the rest with our mistakes in the field."
Nick Haraway had the only West Point hit before the explosive seventh inning. The Pointers' Zac Gonzalez beat out an infield single to start a two-out rally in the seventh. Grant Martin, Walker Rowe, Carter Upshaw and Noah Lawson all contributed with hits.
"We have six starters that are freshman or sophomores," Cash said. "We are young, but that is not an excuse because they are all very good players. We just need to continue to work hard especially in the cage to get our offense back on track. I believe that the tougher team usually wins ball games, we just need to get tougher."
•March 30: 6 p.m., at Essex.
•March 31: 5 p.m., at Rappahannock.
•April 3: 5 p.m. Middlesex.