July 27, 2019
From Elkins Intermountain Newspaper
ELKINS — A strong pitching performance from Brett Smith coupled with a seven-run fourth inning helped propel Elkins to the Area 5 championship with an 11-1 win over Buckhannon Friday at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.
With the win Post 29 improves to 26-15 overall and advances to next week’s American Legion State Tournament being held at Potomac State College in Keyser.
“Winning the Area 5 Tournament is always one of our goals, but we’re not satisfied,” said Elkins manager Chris George. “We know we have more work to do next week in Keyser.”
Elkins, which finished the double-elimination tournament with a 3-0 mark, held a slim 2-1 lead before erupting for seven runs in the home-half of the fourth. David Freeman, Read Schumacher, Remington Stanley, and Smith all drove in a run each in the set, while Matthew Gainer collected a two-run single as Post 29 stormed ahead 9-1.
Elkins ended the game in the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule as Smith, who finished the contest with two hits and four RBIs, tallied a two-run single to score Nathan Cooper and Zack Colebank. Cooper reached base via a walk with two outs and Colebank followed with a single.
Buckhannon Post 7’s Hunter Stone moves into second base safely as Weston’s Chase Freeman attempts to make the tag Friday in an Area 5 tourney elimination game at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.
Smith allowed just two hits, struck out nine and walked two to improve his record to 4-1 on the season. The lone Post 7 run in the ontest was unearned.
“Brett came out and pitched another great game,” said George. “The last month of the season he’s been really good out on the mound for us, and tonight was no different. He had a lot of velocity on his fastball and his breaking pitches had a lot of movement on them.”
Will Knight also collected a pair of hits in the contest for Post 29, which will be making a 17th consecutive trip to the state tournament.
Brady Hurst suffered the loss for Buckhannon, which advanced to the title game after defeating Weston 14-7 in an elimination contest earlier on Friday. Hurst went three innings, allowing six runs on three hits.
Alek Seech pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for Post 7, which ends the season with a 12-14 mark.