July 29, 2017
BRIDGEPORT — Morgantown Post 2 pushed two runs across the plate in the first inning Friday to defeat Elkins Post 29, 2-0, and advance in the American Legion State Tournament being played at Bridgeport.
The loss eliminated Elkins from the tournament and ended the team’s season.
“I thought the guys played much better today,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “I thought Ben Huffman pitched one of the best games he’s pitched in his career.
“We had some horrific baserunning blunders late in the game. In the eighth and ninth innings, we had two very costly baserunning mistakes that were caused by miscommunication. But we had our chances. We should have won this game, period. We blew our opportunity late in the game.”
Zane Gallagher earned the victory for Morgantown on the mound. In 9 innings of work, he struck out 10 batters and gave up 5 hits.
Ben Huffman (5-1) recorded the loss for Elkins. He went 8 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 3 and walking 2.
The Elkins Post 29 offense generated 5 hits in the game. Those collecting hits included Caleb Riggleman, Jared Kerns, Brett Smith, Kyle Riggleman and Read Schumacher.
“Overall it was a good year,” George said. “It was a better year than the last few. I really enjoyed this team and my staff. I appreciate everybody who helped out.
“It was a good year. We had some big wins. We had a lot more good moments than bad moments. I also want to thank the Randolph County Commission and the American Legion Post 29.”
Because of their ages, Sam Ross, Kerns, Cole Harlan, Rece Wamsley and Caleb Riggleman won’t be eligible to play next season for Post 29. George said all five players will be missed.
“All five guys really meant a lot to this program,” George said. “They are excellent kids and they will grow into excellent adults. They will be missed big time. I wish I could have them back. We do have a lot of kids back next year. It should be a good Post 29 team. All of our pitching will be back and we’ll look forward to that.”
Elkins Post finished the season with 27 wins and 17 losses. The team captured its 11th straight Area 5 conference championship and earned its way into the state tournament for the 15th consecutive season. George also celebrated a milestone by winning his 400th game as the team’s general manager.