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  Elkins Post 29 American Legion Baseball

Adam Riggleman tosses no-hitter as Elkins downs Buckhannon
June 24, 2018

From The Intermountain Newspaper:

ELKINS — For the second time this calendar year, Adam Riggleman has thrown a no-hitter, the latest coming on Sunday night as Elkins Post 29 earned a 7-0 win over Area 5 rival Buckhannon at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.

Riggleman, a rising sophomore at Glenville State College, struck out 15, walked two and hit two batters in his second Legion start of the summer. His first no-hitter came back on March 25 in a GSC victory at Wheeling Jesuit.

“Adam was just tremendous tonight, especially with his fast ball,” Post 29 manager Chris George said. “He was throwing in the upper 80s and it was a dominating performance.”

George said Riggleman’s work ethic has been tremendous this summer.

“The year he spent at Glenville State has made him a much better pitcher,”?George said. “You will see him working out 30 minutes before the game in getting ready to pitch. He took is freshman season at Glenville State very seriously and you can see the results.”

Sunday’s victory was crucial for Elkins, which had lost to Buckhannon earlier in the week. Both teams now have one loss in Area 5 games.

Post 29 gave Riggleman all the run support he would need in the bottom of the third inning when Ben Huffman cracked a one-out double and trotted home on Justin Fike’s two-batter to deep center field.

Elkins made it 2-0 in the fourth when Matthew Gainer led off with a single and later scored on Fike’s single.

In the fifth, Luke Petrice drew a one-out walk and eventually scored on Huffman’s sacrifice fly.

Post 29 blew the game open in the sixth, scoring four times to build a 7-0 cushion.

Petrice plated two runs with a double, Swecker added an RBI fielder’s choice groundout and Kyle Riggleman raced home on an error.

“For the last seven or 10 days and even in the Hardball Classic, we’ve had trouble scoring runs,”?George said. “We did a little bit better tonight but still stranded seven runners.

“That’s an area we need to improve on as the season goes along.”

Starter Logan Bailey was tagged with the loss for Post 7. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, fanning four and walking two.

Casey Hamner and Wesley Rosencrance finished in relief.

Hamner gave up four runs on four hits in one inning, fanning one and walking one, while Rosencrance went 2/3 of an inning, not allowing a run or hit, striking out one and issuing one free pass.

George was pleased with how his squad bounced back after being swept by Romney at home the day before.

“Our focus just wasn’t there (on Saturday),” George said. “We gave a good effort but you can’t just show up and expect to beat a team like Romney by not having your heads in the game.

“Against Buckhannon the focus was much better. They knew it had to be because Buckhannon is a much improved team and I give them a lot of credit for the type of season they are having.”

Post 29 lost Saturday’s twin bill by the scores of 9-1 and 5-1.

Shayne Liller took the loss in the nightcap, despite allowing just two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Kyle Riggleman was tagged with the loss in the lidlifter.

Post 29 was limited to just four hits in the opener by Romney’s Wyatt Yates, while committing four errors in the second game.

Elkins, now 9-8-1 and 3-1 in Area 5 games, will be off today before visiting Clarksburg Post 13 at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a game that will be played at South Harrison High School.

Buckhannon is scheduled to visit Jane Lew at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for an Area 5 encounter.

Buckhannon (0)

Logan Bailey p 2 0 0 0, Hunter stone 2b 2 0 0 0, Nick Calef-Boring 1b 2 0 0 0, Taylor Whitehair ss 2 0 0 0, Casey Hamner c 3 0 0 0, Trey Leigh 3b 3 0 0 0, Zach White lf 2 0 0 0, Jay Burnside 3b 1 0 0 0, Wes?Rosencrance rf 2 0 0 0, Curtis Helton cf 2 0 0 0. Totals 21 0 0 0

Elkins (7)

Luke Swecker 2b 4 1 0 1, Brett Smith ss 4 1 3 0, Luke Petrice rf 3 1 1 2, Blake Loftis dh 3 0 0 0, Matthew Gainer 1b 2 1 1 0, Ben Huffman cf 3 1 1 1, Kyle Riggleman 3b 3 1 2 0, Justin Fike c 2 1 2 2, David Freeman lf 2 0 0 0, Ben McDonald 2b 1 0 1 0. Totals 27 7 11 6

Buckhannon 000 000 0 — 0 0 0

Elkins 001 114 x — 7 11 0

WP?– Adam Riggleman (7 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 15K, 2BB, 2HB). LP — Bailey (4 1/3 innings, 3R, 6H, 4K 2BB)

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