July 17, 2017
From Elkins Intermountain Newspaper
WHEELING — Elkins Post 29 walked into Wheeling Saturday afternoon and took a 6-4 victory from two-time defending state champion Wheeling Post 1.
“Coming off one of the worst losses in years, we traveled to Wheeling and took on the two-time defending state champions and came out with an impressive win,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “The kids were focused and played well. Brett Smith pitched well and we had timely hits. We did everything well. That’s the team we’re capable of being when we play through all facets of our game. I was very proud getting a very good win.”
Brett Smith (4-2) earned the victory on the mound for Elkins. In 6 innings of work, he gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits while striking out 4 and walking 3. Cole Harlan earned his third save of the season. He went 3 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and striking out 4 batters.
Kyle Riggleman set the pace at the plate for Elkins. He went 2 for 3 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Other top performers were: Luke Petrice, 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs; Cole Harlan, 2 for 5; Sam Ross, 1 for 4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI; Rece Wamsley, 2 for 4; and Justin Fike, 1 for 3 with 1 run and 1 RBI.
Zack Hickman recorded the loss in relief. He went 2 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 1 and walking 1. Stephen Graebe started for Wheeling. He struck out 4 batters in 3 innings pitched.