July 01, 2017
From the Elkins Inter Mountain Newspaper
SISSONVILLE — Sam Ross racked up an RBI triple in the top of the seventh inning Friday, as Elkins Post 29 defeated South Charleston Post 94, 5-2, in American Legion baseball action at Sissonville High School.
“It was the best win of the season,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “It was our best win, considering the competition. South Charleston is a really good team, as always.
“We were focused throughout the entire game. Defensively, we really played well, especially Brett Smith at shortstop.
“Adam Riggleman pitched probably one of the best games he’s pitched all year, high school and legion combined,” George said. “He really pitched well and he needed that for his confidence. He showed the caliber pitcher that he is tonight.”
Riggleman (1-4) went the distance on the mound to earn the victory. In 9 innings pitched, he struck out 10 batters and gave up 2 earned runs on 10 hits.
Elkins got out to a 3-0 advantage in the top of the second inning after Jared Kerns drove in a run and Caleb Riggleman connected for a 2-run double. South Charleston battled back in the bottom of the fourth inning, pushing 2 runs across the plate to make the score 3-2. However, Elkins closed the door in the seventh inning after Ross out-raced an RBI triple to extend the lead to 5-2. Elkins connected for 12 hits in the contest.
Caleb Riggleman finished the day 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a double, while Ross went 3 for 5 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Kerns also had a big day at the plate, going 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI.
Mike Stone recorded the loss for South Charleston. In 6 2/3 innings, he gave up 5 runs on 9 hits. Stone struck out no batters and walked 1.
Elkins Post 29 (14-9, 3-1 Area 5) is set to face South Charleston again today in a doubleheader at Sissonville High School. Game 1 is scheduled for noon and Game 2 is set for 2:30 p.m.