July 18, 2017
From Elkins Intermountain Newspaper
ELKINS — Elkins Post 29 closed out the regular season Sunday with impressive victories over South Charleston Post 94 and Moorefield Post 64 in a double header at Elkins High School. Elkins defeated South Charleston, 10-8, in the first game and beat Moorefield, 3-0, in the night cap.
“It was important to battle back from the Jane Lew debacle,” Post 29 manager Chris George said, referring to the 7-4 conference loss to Jane Lew Post 166 on Wednesday. “We challenged our kids going into the final week of the season and they responded. We had a 5-1 week. We knew going into the Area 5 Tournament that we had to play good ball and capture some momentum. Still the loss to Jane Lew shows that we’re not where we need to be. We need to get better. We’re going to put in a couple of good days of practice and we’re going to go out there and try to win it again.”
In the victory over South Charleston on Sunday, Elkins exploded for 8 runs in the second inning. During the rally, Sam Ross smashed a grand slam and Luke Petrice connected for a 2-RBI single. Ross finished the day 1 for 4 with 1 run and 5 RBIs, while Petrice went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Other top performances included: Read Schumacher, 1 for 2 with 1 run and 2 RBIs; Caleb Riggleman, 2 for 3 with 1 run; Ben McDonald, 2 for 3 with 1 run; and Cole Harlan, 1 for 4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI.
Ben Huffman (5-0) earned the victory on the mound. He scattered 10 hits and 4 earned runs over 5 innings pitched. Ross and Adam Riggleman both appeared in relief during the contest. Ross went 1 inning, giving up 2 hits and 1 run, while Riggleman also went 1 inning, striking out 2 batters and allowing 1 hit.
Mike Stone shouldered the loss for South Charleston. He went 1 1/3 inning, giving up 9 runs on 7 hits.
“Anytime you can beat South Charleston, it’s a big thing,” George said. “They’re one of the best programs in the state. It’s good to get a victory over them. We know those guys well, they’re good friends of ours. We compete against them every year, it’s a good rivalry. It’s been that way for years. This year, we split 2-2. It’s fun to win against those guys and beat a quality program like that.”
In the game against Moorefield, Matthew Gainer earned the victory. He went the distance, striking out 9 batters and giving up zero runs on 3 hits.
Justin Fike set the pace at the plate for Elkins. He went 3 for 3 with 1 RBI. Kyle Riggleman, 2 for 2 with 1 run, Brett Smith, 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run, and Ross, 1 for 2 with 1 run, also played well.
Blake Watts notched the loss for Moorefield. He went 4 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits. Justin Cosner also pitched 2 innings for Moorefield, surrendering 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 2 batters.
No. 1 seeded Elkins (23-15, 6-2 Area 5) will now get ready to host No. 4 seeded Jane Lew Post 166 in the Area 5 Tournament on Wednesday. Game time is set for 5 p.m. at Robin Harvey Memorial Field at Bluegrass Park in Elkins.