August 05, 2012
Wheeling - After losing the night before in the last inning, Elkins Post 29 had to battle back on Saturday and if they wanted to win a state title, they had to defeat both Moundsville and South Charleston. Elkins got off to a good start as they defeating Moundsville Post 3 in game one, 10-0 in eight innings. Trevor Mouser (4-3) picked up the win in eight innings pitched. Mouser allowed only three hits in the win. Then in Game Two, Elkins took on South Charleston Post 94 for the state championship.. Elkins did just that, defeating South Charleston Post 94, 9-8.
In Game One of the day, Trevor Mouser tossed a eight inning complete game three hit shutout. At the plate, Elkins was led by Colby Gainer's three hits and two rbi's. Scott Fox added two hits, Heath Broughton added a hit and a rbi. Cody Gainer added two hits, Doug Smith added two hits and Chance Price and Tyler Shreve both added a hit and a rbi each in the win. Mark Walker suffered the loss for Moundsville.
That set up the exciting championship game. Both teams started their ace on the mound. Scott Fox for Elkins and Daniel Ramsey (Nitro HS) for South Charleston. SC got on the board first and went up 1-0. Then Elkins added four runs to take the lead, highlighted by Cody Gainer's three run home run, his fifth of the season. SC came back on several Post 29 mistakes and a few timely hits to take a 5-4 lead. Then in the late stages of the game, Post 29 plated four more runs thanks to three wild pitches and some timely rbi hits by Chance Price and Trevor Mouser to claim a 8-5 lead. But SC came storming back to tie the game at 8-8. Two passed balls and a timely hit provided the comeback for Post 94. Then heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Ryne Bonnell delivered the go ahead rbi single to score Tyler Shreve to give Elkins the lead and the eventual win. James Gainer, who had entered in the eigth inning, got the final two outs there and then allowed only one hit in the ninth inning and got a fielders choice groundout to Tyler Shreve to end the game as Elkins Post 29 captured their second state title in team history, first since 1977 as they won 9-8 over South Charleston.
It was the third year in a row that Elkins had been to the state title game. Only to come up short the last two seasons, Post 29 found their way to the victory in Wheeling on Saturday. James Gainer (8-2) picked up the win in relief of Scott Fox. Gainer went 1.2 innings and allowed only one hit and no runs. Josh Kiser the St Albans standout suffered the loss in relief for South Charleston.
Elkins Post 29 now (38-8 overall) returns to action as they take on the New jersey state champions at 9:30 AM in the Mid Atlantic Regionals in West Lawn Pennsylvania on Thursday.