July 28, 2017
BRIDGEPORT — Seven errors led to the downfall of Elkins Post 29 Thursday evening, as Wheeling Post 1 took a 13-7 victory in the second round of the American Legion State Tournament.
Elkins will now face Morgantown Post 2 today at noon in an elimination game.
“We played horrible,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “We left our game on the field last night when we beat Bridgeport. We warned them after the game that it was a great win but there is the rest of the tournament to play.
“We came out and played absolutely horrible tonight. We made 7 errors and we didn’t have good at bats, we had 13 strikeouts. We didn’t get good pitching, either. We need to play better.
“Now, we’ve got to fight through the loser’s bracket,” George added. “These kids are capable. The only time we’ve been beat this year is when we’ve beat ourselves and not showed up to play. Today we did not have good focus and it just wasn’t good.”
Zach Hickman earned the victory in relief for Wheeling. He struck out 7 batters and gave up 1 hit in 3 innings of work. Jub Delbrugge started on the mound for Post 1 and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits while striking out 3 and walking 5.
Matthew Gainer (5-2) recorded the loss for Elkins. He went 4 1/3 innings, giving up 6 earned runs on 8 hits while striking out 3 batters. Brett Smith, Kyle Riggleman and Sam Ross also made appearances on the mound for Elkins.
Ross set the pace at the plate for Elkins, going 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Caleb Riggleman, 2 for 5 with 1 run scored, also played well.
Elkins (27-16) is set to face Morgantown at noon today in Bridgeport.
The winner will move on to face Wheeling at 7 p.m., while the loser will be eliminated