June 18, 2018
From the Elkins Intermountain:
ELKINS — Elkins Post 29 had a respectable showing in the Pizza Hut Hillbilly Hardball Classic, going 3-2 in the Blue Division, which produced Sunday’s championship teams.
Post 29 bounced back from a tough 3-2 setback to Fairmont and 12-3 defeat to Morgantown to knock off eventual Hardball champion the Lexington (Ky.) Bluegrass Xpress, 3-2, on Saturday night.
“Adam Riggleman was terrific on the mound for us against the Xpress,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “It was his first start of the season for us and he was throwing in the upper 80s.
“You can tell the year he spent at Glenville State College as made him a much better pitcher.”
Riggleman went six innings against the explosive Bluegrass lineup, allowing just two runs, fanning nine and walking three.
Elkins trailed 1-0 before scoring three times in the fifth when Justin Fike singled in a run and the ball was misplayed in the outfield, allowing two more runs to cross.
Eddie Poster took the loss for the Xpress in relief of Jared Pierce.
In Friday’s late game, Fairmont broke a 2-2 tie on Chance Lundell’s RBI groundout in the fifth inning.
Kyle Riggleman took the loss in relief for Post 29, allowing one run on one hit.
Shayne Liller went the first four innings, allowing just two hits.
“We stranded way too many base-runners,” George said. “We left the bases loaded a couple of times without get any runs.”
Ethan Hager earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits in four innings. He struck out three and walked eight.
Levi Clemons was credited with the save.
Saturday afternoon’s loss to Morgantown saw Post 29 unable to rebound after trailing 5-0 after the first inning.
“We just didn’t play well,” George said. “We had two errors in the first inning and were never able to get any momentum.
“We need to play better when we go against teams like a Morgantown, which we consider a friendly rival.”
Ben Huffman was saddled with loss. He gave up eight runs on enine hits in six innings, striking out four.
Huffman also had a two-run homer, while Troy McMillion was 2 for 3.
Elkins is now 7-5-1 on the season and will return to Area 5 action at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Buckhannon.