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Elkins Post 29 goes 2-2-1 in WAJR Wooden Bat Classic
June 11, 2018

From the Intermountain Newspaper:

MORGANTOWN — Elkins Post 29 played a full slate of games over the weekend, competing in the WAJR Wooden Bat Classic Tournament at Mylan Park in Morgantown.

The team finished the tourney with two wins, two losses and one tie.

“It was very, very good competition,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “Uniontown (Pa.) was a really, really special team. Cumberland (Md.) has a lot of good pitching. Steubenville (Ohio) was very good at everything.

“We beat them on Thursday. That was a big win. Steubenville and Morgantown both have nice teams. So everybody we played, were all very good teams. There was a lot of good competition. That’s what we want. We want to test our kids on the road against good competition. We’re getting them ready for the (Pizza Hut Hillbilly Hardball Classic) this week and the rest of the season. Overall, it was a good tournament.”

On Friday, Elkins defeated Steubenville, Ohio Post 33, 3-2, then went on to fall to Cumberland, Md. Post 13, 4-3. On Saturday, Uniontown, Pa. Post 51 blanked Post 29, 8-0, then later in the day, Post 29 tied with Morgantown Post 2, 6-6. Elkins closed out the tournament on Sunday defeating Romney Post 91, 1-0.

In the Romney game on Sunday, Shane Liller earned the victory for Post 29. Liller went the distance, giving up 5 hits and striking out 9 batters.

Justin Fike, 1 for 3 with 1 RBI, connected for a double in the fifth inning to score Luke Petrice for the winning run. Fike, Petrice, Troy McMillion, Ben Huffman, Matthew Gainer and Kyle Riggleman notched hits in the contest.

In the victory over Steubenville, Brett Smith earned the win on the mound. He went 7 innings, giving up 1 earned run on 4 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 8. McMillion set the pace at the plate, going 2 for 3 with an RBI.

“Steubenville is always one of the best teams in Ohio,” George said. “Smith pitched a great game.”

Against Morgantown Saturday evening, Elkins came from behind to tie the game on a 2 run double by Riggleman. Later, the game reached the time limit and was called in the seventh inning while Elkins had runners on second and third bases. Fike and Luke Swecker had 2 hits each in the contest.

“We had a late rally and the kids could have scored more,” George said. “They really battled against a good Morgantown team.

Elkins Post 29 is scheduled to have a few days off, then return to action on Thursday to compete in the Pizza Hut Hillbilly Hardball Classic. The team opens against defending champion, Mifflin County, Pa. Post 287 at 9:30 p.m. at Robin Harvey Memorial Field at Bluegrass Park in Elkins.

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