June 12, 2017
From the Elkins InterMountain
ELKINS — Jared Kerns scored 3 runs Saturday to help Elkins Post 29 defeat Jane Lew Post 166, 13-3, in Area 5 American Legion baseball action.
“We still made too many mistakes,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “We had too many errors. We over came 4 errors and got started late again. We did get better as the game went on. Brett Smith pitched a tremendous game.”
Jane Lew jumped out to a 2 run advantage in the top of the first inning. However, Post 29 responded with a barrage of hits in the second stanza to push 4 runs of their own across the plate. Elkins added 2 more runs in the bottom of the third inning to extend their advantage to 6-2. Jane Lew answered with a run in the top of the fourth inning, but Elkins piled on 3 more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, along with 1 run in the fifth inning and 3 more in the sixth inning to make the tally 13-3. The game was called in the sixth inning due to the 10 run mercy rule.
During the game, Post 29 connected for 11 hits. The team also committed 4 errors.
Brett Smith (1-0) earned the victory on the mound. He went the distance, giving up zero earned runs on 4 hits in 6 innings of work. Smith struck out 6 batters and walked 3 others.
Kerns set the pace at the plate for Post 29. He finished the day 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Luke Petrice, 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 1 run scored, and Matthew Gainer, 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored, also performed well.
Luke White shouldered the loss for Post 166. Over the course of 3 innings, he scattered 6 runs on 4 hits, walking 5 and striking out 2.
The victory improved Post 29’s record to 5 wins and 1 loss. The team is 2-0 in Area 5 league play
ELKINS — Read Schumacher drove in 4 runs Sunday to push Elkins Post 29 past Clarksburg Post 13, 11-1, in American Legion baseball action.
“We played really good defense,” Elkins Post 29 manager Chris George said. “Matt Gainer pitched a heck of a game. It was his second quality start of the year. He didn’t walk anyone, threw strikes and changed the speed really well. He just pitched well.
“Overall, defensively we played well. Offensively, we were sluggish. We were out in front of pitches all night long. We had a really good seventh inning to close it out,” George added.
Post 29 scored 2 runs in the top of the second inning, added 3 more in the fourth inning and closed out the contest with 6 runs in the seventh inning to invoke the 10-run mercy rule. Clarksburg scored their only run in the fourth inning.
Matthew Gainer (2-0) earned the victory on the mound. In 7 innings of work, he gave up 1 run on 5 hits and struck out 6 batters.
Schumacher set the tone at the plate for Post 29. He finished the game 3 for 4 with a double, a triple, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs. Blake Loftis also had a good day, going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Other top performers included: Cole Harlan, 2 for 4 with 2 runs; Ben Huffman, 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored; and Jared Kerns, 2 for 4. Ben McDonald and Justin Fike also drove in runs for Elkins.
Blake Cooper recorded the loss for Clarksburg. He went 6 innings, giving up 8 runs on 12 hits. He struck out 2 batters, walked 2 batters and hit one batter.
Post 29 played errorless baseball and racked up 15 hits in the game.
Elkins Post 29 (6-1, 2-0 Area 5) returns to action today when the team travels to Hampshire High School to face Romney Post 91. Game time is set for 6 p.m.