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Elkins Post 29 goes 3-2 over the weekend
July 02, 2018

From Elkins Intermountain Newspaper

Charleston and GLENVILLE — After dropping the first two games on a road trip this weekend, Elkins Post 29 bounced back with three straight victories, including an Area 5 sweep of Summersville on Sunday.

Elkins is now 12-10-2 overall and 5-1 in Area 5 play. They will return to action at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Bridgeport.

After Friday’s loss to South Charleston, Post 29 dropped a 15-5 decision to Wheeling Post 1 before rebounding to knock off South Charleston, 9-6, in a pair of games played Saturday at St. Albans High School.

Brett Smith (2-2) took the loss against Post 1, allowing 10 runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings, fanning three and walking two.

David Freeman and Luke Swecker finished in relief.

Kyle Riggleman went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs for Post 29.

Trevor Thomas and Butter Murray each had five RBIs for Wheeling.

Elkins then defeated Post 94 as Matthew Gainer (3-1-1) got the win, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits, striking out seven and walking four.

Shayne Liller finished in relief to earn the save.

Justin Fike, Riggleman and Swecker had RBI singles in the first for Elkins.

Troy McMillion added a two-run double in the third and Smith had RBI singles in the third and fifth innings.

Liller drove in two runs in the sixth.

Brendan Quinn had a two-run homer in the seventh for South Charleston.

Smith and Swecker both finished with three hits for the winners.

On Sunday, Post 29 swept Summersville by the scores of 5-0 and 13-3 at Glenville State College.

Riggleman (1-3) twirled a one-hitter in the lidlifter, allowing only a double to the first batter he faced. He struck out eight and didn’t issue a walk.

Ben Huffman had an RBI sacrifice fly in the second and Ben McDonald an RBI groundout.

Leading 3-0 after getting an unearned run, Luke Petrice had an RBI double in the fourth and Justin Fike an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Petrice, Fike and Huffman each had two hits for Post 29.

Nate Hanshew took the loss. He allowed five runs on nine hits and walked four.

In the nightcap, Huffman continued his big day by going 3 for 3 and driving in four runs.

Blake Loftis added two hits and drove in three runs, while Petrice was 3 for 3 with a pair of RBIs.

Liller (2-2) went all five innings to earn the win. He gave up three runs on four hits, striking out eight, walking two and hitting two batters.

Travis Scarbrough took the loss, allowing nine runs, six earned, in four innings. He struck out three and walked two.

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