July 25, 2019
From Elkins Intermountain Newspaper
ELKINS — Elkins and Buckhannon posted victories on the opening day of the Area 5 American Legion Tournament Wednesday at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.
Post 29 and Buckhannon will now square off in a winner’s bracket game of the double-elimination tourney at 7:30 p.m. today. Weston and Summersville will battle in an elimination game at 5 p.m. today.
In the opener, Logan Bailey scattered just four hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched to lead Buckhannon to a 10-0 win over Weston. Bailey didn’t allow a run, struck out seven and walked three batters.
Hunter Stone powered Post 7 at the plate with three hits and one RBI. Alek Seech drove in a run on one hit and scored three runs, while Bailey helped his own cause at the dish with one hit, one RBI and two runs scored.
Conner Johnson suffered the loss for Post 4 in 3 2/3 innings of work. He gave up three earned runs on three hits while striking out two and walking two.
Buckhannon Post 7’s Logan Bailey works against Weston Post 4 Wednesday in the opening game of the Area 5 tourney at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.
Chase Freeman, Levi Fox, Leo White and Cole Barker had hits for Weston.
In the nightcap, Elkins (24-15) erupted for an eight-run third inning to roll to a 12-0 win over Summersville in five innings.
Post 29, which took a 3-0 lead into the third, got a three-run double from Read Schumacher to fuel the outburst.
Brett Smith, Will Knight, and David Freeman all added RBI singles in the set.
Smith finished the contest going 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Schumacher tallied a pair of hits and scored two runs.
Gage Bibey (3-2) allowed just four hits in five innings pitched to notch the win for Elkins.
He fanned eight batters and walked just one.
“We came out and did what we needed to do to get the win,” Elkins manager Chris George said. “Gage Bibey pitched a great game and we had some key hits when we needed them.”
Colin Dempsey allowed three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings pitched to take the loss for Summersville. He walked three and struck out one Post 29 batter.
Dempsey also had two of Post 131’s four hits in the contest.
The winner of today’s Buckhannon vs. Elkins game advances to the championship game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
The victor of today’s first game will battle the loser of the Post 7-Post 29 contest at 5 p.m. in Friday’s first tilt.