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  Elkins Post 29 American Legion Baseball

Elkins Post 29 rallies but falls at Morgantown
June 09, 2017

From Elkins Intermountain newspaper

MORGANTOWN — Elkins Post 29 came up on the short end of the stick Thursday, falling to Morgantown Post 2, 11-9, in American Legion baseball action at Mylan Park.

“This was the second straight night we got started late,” Post 29 coach Chris George said. “We need to do a better job of starting strong. We need to get off to a better start.

“The kids showed great heart and effort to come back from being down 10 to 2, by scoring 7 runs in the seventh inning. It really showed how much heart this team has. We’ve just got to get off to a better start.”

Morgantown utilized a steady offensive attack to jump out to a 10-2 lead after the top of the sixth inning.

The Post 29 bats came alive in the top of the seventh inning, pushing 7 runs across the plate to make the score 10-9. Unfortunately, the Post 29 offense stalled and Morgantown scored another run in the bottom of the eighth inning and then held on for the 11-9 victory.

Adam Riggleman shouldered the loss for Post 29. He struck out 8 batters over the course of 5 innings, while giving up 4 earned runs on 5 hits.

Luke Petrice set the tone at the plate for Post 29. He finished the game 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs. Other notable performances came from: Read Schumacher, 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs; Sam Ross, 2 for 5 with an RBI; and Brett Smith, 1 for 3 with 1 RBI.

Cam Stoldt earned the victory for Post 2. He scattered 9 runs on 9 hits over the course of 6 innings, while striking out 3 batters. Gavin Cottle earned the save. He struck out 2 batters and gave up 3 hits in 3 innings pitched.

Elkins Post 29 (4-1, 1-0 Area 5) is set to return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m., when the team hosts Jane Lew Post 166 at Elkins High School. Post 29 will also play on Sunday, hosting Clarksburg Post 13 at Robin Harvey Memorial Field in Elkins at 6 p.m.

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