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  Elkins Post 29 American Legion Baseball

Elkins Post 29 Sweeps Summersville Post 131
July 03, 2017

From Elkins Inter Mountain newspaper

GLENVILLE — Elkins Post 29 picked up a pair of Area 5 victories Sunday after defeating conference rival Summersville Post 131 in both games of a doubleheader at the Sue Morris Sports Complex in Glenville.

Elkins won the first contest 15-0 and took the second game, 14-4.

“We picked up two more Area 5 wins,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “The goal going in was to get to 5-1 in the Area. We did the job. We rested some of our regular players. We had some tough bumps and bruises after a three-game stretch in Sissonville (against South Charleston Post 94). Some other guys got some playing time.

“Overall it was a successful weekend. We won 3 and lost 2, so it was a winning weekend on the road. One thing about this weekend, all five games were played on the field turf and it was hot. Everyday it was 90 degrees or more. The kids came out focused in all five games and really played well.”

In the first game, Brett Smith (3-1) went 5 innings on the mound to pick up the victory. He struck out 8 batters, walked 2 and gave up 2 hits. He also helped his own cause at the plate, going 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and an RBI.

Kyle Riggleman set the tone for the Post 29 offense. He went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Other top performers in Game 1 included: Ben Huffman, 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 1 RBI; Justin Fike, 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs; Matthew Gainer, 2 for 4 with 2 runs; and Read Schumacher, 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs and 1 run.

Ricky Coleman shouldered the loss for Summersville. He went 5 innings, allowing 15 runs on 15 hits and striking out 1 batter.

In the second game, Huffman (3-0) picked up the victory on the mound. In 5 innings of work, he gave up 3 earned runs on 6 hits and struck out 4 batters.

Jared Kerns set the tempo for the post 29 offense, stealing 4 bases in the contest. He finished the game 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Other notable performances came from: Smith, 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs; Gainer, 3 for 3 with 2 runs; Schumacher, 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 3 RBIs; Cole Harlan, 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 1 run; and Rece Wamsley, 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored.

Nate Hanshew recorded the loss for Post 131. He gave up 14 runs on 17 hits and struck out 1 batter.

Elkins Post 29 (16-11, 5-1 Area 5) gets a couple days rest before hosting Bridgeport Post 68 on Wednesday. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

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