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Elkins Post 29 drops two close contests at South Charleston Post 94
July 02, 2017

From Elkins Inter Mountain newspaper

SISSONVILLE — Although Elkins Post 29 dropped both ends of a doubleheader Saturday against South Charleston Post 94, manager Chris George says the experience gave Post 29 confidence to build on for the rest of the season.

South Charleston won the first game, 9-3, and took the second contest, 11-9, at Sissonville High School.

“Overall in the South Charleston series, we played well enough to beat them 2 out of 3, and probably could have beat them 3 out of 3, potentially,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “We know we can play with them. We know we can beat them, after Friday’s win. To be able to play one of the best teams in the state that well all weekend on their field, says a lot.”

In the first game, Post 29 had a 3-0 advantage going into the fifth stanza. Unfortunately, the South Charleston offense erupted for 5 runs in the bottom of the fifth and 4 more runs in the sixth to cement the 9-3 victory. Andrew Massey did most of the damage for Post 94 with a 3-run homer in the fifth inning rally.

Rece Wamsley (1-2) notched the loss for Post 29 in the first game.

He went 4 1/3 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 2 hits and striking out 4 batters. Kyle Riggleman pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits.

Luke Petrice set the tone at the plate for Post 29, going 2 for 3 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Kyle Riggleman finished the game 1 for 3 with 1 run and 1 RBI, while Caleb Riggleman went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Trevor Sampson earned the victory in relief. In 3 innings, he struck out 4 batters and gave up 3 hits.

In the second game, the scored was tied 9-9 going into the sixth inning. After a sacrifice fly and a ground out pushed 2 runs across the plate for South Charleston in the bottom of the sixth inning, Elkins couldn’t recover and the score stood final at 11-9.

Jared Kerns (0-1) was credited with the loss in the second game. In 1 inning of relief, he gave up 1 earned run on 1 hit. Read Schumacher started for Post 29. He scattered 8 hits and 9 runs over 5 innings pitched.

At the plate, Ben Huffman topped the Elkins offense, going 3 for 4 with 3 runs and an RBI. Other top performances included: Ben McDonald, 2 for 4 with 1 RBI; Sam Ross, 2 for 4 with 1 run; Justin Fike, 2 for 4 with 3 runs and 2 RBIs; and Matthew Gainer, 3 for 3 with an RBI.

Lane Casto recorded the victory for Post 94 and Corey Harrison earned the save.

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